Friday, July 30, 2010
Daily Thoughts 7/30/2010
Article-- Will the Book Survive? by David "Skip" Prichard http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-07-28/the-future-of-books-ceo-ingram-skip-prichard-feels-confident/?cid=topic:mainpromo1
"eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries," http://www.cosla.org/documents/COSLA2270_Report_Final1.pdf
Checked the displays this morning and started doing my orders for August. I also put out flyers for a public service announcement by Dwayne Wade about library cards and did my first shelf talkers for the authors Danielle Steel and Stephen King. I am going to be doing more as time passes.
I am reading more of Kraken by China Mieville. There is a neat section on Simon a Star Trek obsessed mage which is darkly funny. It is an appropriate comment on fandom.
The new copy of the Overstreet Comic Book Guide 40th Edition came in. I will take a little time to see if there are any interesting ground level comics which I have not seen. It has become a standard guide for pricing comics. Some stores often sell the easier to get comics at half the price guide price and the harder to find titles at full price.
Overdrive sent me some marketing material which I can print up as well as some staff training material. I think I might print up some of the 11" x 17" posters.
The recent Kirkus Reviews has a graphic novel section with a few interesting titles in it; Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, and Siege by Brian Michael Bendis, Illustrated by Joe Quesada really stood out. Siege should be an excellent superhero comic both the writer and illustrator are top notch. Also there is an autobiographical comic by Sergio Aragones called Mad's Greatest Artist, Sergio Aragones.
Roald Dahl has an authorized biography coming out called Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl by Daniel Surrack.
On the way home, I finished reading Kraken by China Mieville. One of the way you know a novel is good is that the main character at the end of a novel is often very different than how the character is at the beginning of the novel. At the beginning of the novel, Billy Harrow is a curator at a museum, by the end of the novel he is a warrior adept at saving the world and fighting magic.