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10:40 pm
For all you librarians on my friends list...
Is there, like, a book rental place? Like a video store for books?
mood: amusedamused

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From:lifecollage
Date:June 5th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
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Yup, I've seen that. It's propagating all over the 'net.

Also, since I'm on an icon kick tonight: love yours! Sounds just about right... ;^)
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From:foleyartist1
Date:June 5th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
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From:wildflowersoul
Date:June 5th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
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Wow. Just... wow. Kids these days!
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From:diablaxmachina
Date:June 5th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)
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i hope you passed that one on to mock the stupid... :)
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From:faux_eonix
Date:June 5th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
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It is actually a rather common practice in South Korea, and in many "more developed, but not developed" countries that don't have a public library system.
The stores that do "rent" books both here and abroad tend to trade in comic books, manga and graphic novels more than books. This is not a practice that is likely to take off in any sort of legal sense in the United States anytime soon, due to rather strict copyright laws and the prevelance of libraries in the country.
Libraries, like video stores, normally pay more than the commercial price for books, videos and DVD's, due to copyright.
That said, when their is a need...

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From:lifecollage
Date:June 5th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)

From a public librarian

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Libraries, like video stores, normally pay more than the commercial price for books, videos and DVD's, due to copyright.

That may once have been the case -- though "Library binding" was also stronger and meant to stand up to increased usage at libraries -- but now libraries get bulk discounts comparable on average to buying online. Near as I can tell, library binding doesn't exist any more; I haven't seen it as a purchase option in years. We buy the same hardcovers and paperbacks as the rest of the world and repair or weed them when they fall apart.

Ditto for videos and DVDs, where once we had to pay the same purchase price as video stores (which is why some libraries didn't have large popular film collections until the advent of DVD). Film Board of Canada and other small cultural institutions still charge $50 to $100 for a 20-minute film, but most libraries don't have a budget that supports those purchases for things that just don't circulate as highly as the $15 blockbusters.
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From:lifecollage
Date:June 5th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)

Book rental

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And, actually, there is a book rental system in the US, modeled on the same platform as Netflix: BookSwim. I don't know how well they're succeeding, but seeing this come out as more competition lit a fire under some library systems to get their Books-By-Mail or newer similar services up and running.
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From:road_to_hell
Date:June 5th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Book rental

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I don't get why someone would pay for that, unless they don't live near a good library system. I mean all I do is go online, request my books, and then go pick them up when I get an e-mail telling me they're in.
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From:lifecollage
Date:June 5th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Book rental

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A few scenarios come to mind:

1) Folks who do live near a good library system but just can't seem to make a trip to the building a part of their routines (work, social, other commitments)

2) Folks for whom "go pick them up" requires a significant schlep

3) Folks who are housebound for medical or other reasons and have a support structure in place to get access to library materials

4) Folks who just can't seem to get things back on time to libraries with truly punitive fine structures, where the fine cost is higher than a monthly rental fee
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From:road_to_hell
Date:June 5th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Book rental

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Ok, I'll give you the first 3, but those people in group four have real issues. ;-)
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From:pasquillacious
Date:June 5th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Bookbuster!
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