Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Library Promotion’ Category

Almost single-handedly, Amazon, the online giant store, has redefined how we shop.

Amazon’s dominance in the book industry has been profound.  Large retail bookstore chains and small independent bookstores have been impacted greatly by the seemingly unstoppable growth of this online monolith forcing the closure of bookstores and changing the way we search for and purchase books.

And ….. it seems ….. there’s no end insight.  Amazon Books has launched into retail sales.  And, as they have in the past, Amazon have once again set out to redefine how we shop by using data driven stats to create book displays that tempt and guide the purchaser.

A not too happy account of how Amazon is reshaping bookstores appeared recently on the KOTTKE.ORG blog: Amazon’s data driven bookstores.  For the most part, this post laments the fact that online sales data rather than informed bookstore staff recommendations are being used to promote good reads to the public.

But, as in the past, little will stop the growth of this incredible market driven company.   As I blog, 7 Amazon Bookstores are already open in the US, with 6 more slated to be opening soon.  Without a doubt the current list will be updated regularly as the rollout across the US continues.

A recent post on Recode (a fabulous website I’ve just discovered!) gives an up close look inside the recently opened New York Amazon Bookstore.  In between the telling photos are some interesting observations by Dan Frommer – so take a few minutes and have a read of the post: Photos: Inside Amazon’s first New York City bookstore.

My day to day life is immersed in books.  Not only do I love reading, but my day time job revolves around igniting the magical spark of a ‘love of reading’ in young adults.  To nurture this love of reading, I  constantly make recommendations and, like the staff in book shops, I talk to my library patrons about the kinds of books they enjoy and ask what they have read previously to inform me about their tastes and interests.  The kind of philosophy that has dominated libraries and book shops for millennia – putting the right book into the right hands – cannot be achieved by relying solely on circulation or sales stats, the approach reportedly being adopted by Amazon Books.

Anything that encourages reading though is undoubtedly good!

So instead of looking at the flaws and mistakes of Amazon Bookstores, perhaps those of us encouraging and promoting books in schools can look at some of the great ideas being introduced by Amazon Bookstores and adopt them:

  • lots and lots of face out books for starters certainly makes for an appealing look
  • increased displays of ‘if you like this, how about this’ would also be welcome
  • and how about if we start using circulation stats in a big way to drive the creation of displays

Hmmmmm ….. it seems like I’ve just hit a new spark of inspiration!

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

What could be more cool than a bookmark?!

Most definitely a bookish badge!!

Having just come across this fabulous collection published in a post by Bookish – I’m definitely hooked!!

Just have a look at a couple of the badges displayed:

I just gunna have to drop hints to family and friends now.  🙂

Read Full Post »

When you love books and you love art – it’s nothing but sheer joy when the two intersect!

Oh the pleasure when this happened to me recently when I spotted a painting by Massimo Giannoni while window shopping in one of the world’s most magnificent locations  – Capri.

Fresh from discovering a most beautiful gallery in Positano – Liquid Art System – it was like finding an old friend when we bumped into another branch of this gallery while wandering the streets of Capri.

An hour zipped by as we wandered around enjoying the most amazing paintings, sculptures and installations we’d ever seen in a gallery.

And then, there, tucked away in one room was this beautiful painting, an oil on canvas, by Massimo Giannoni – Libreria con scala a chiocciola – which in English translates to Spiral staircase bookcase.

Book painting photographed at liauid art system - Isle of Capri -April 2017

This photograph of the painting which we took, doesn’t fully capture the rich and warm colours that kept us mesmerized for some time.  Sadly too, it was a smidgen too big for our suitcase.

If you ever happen upon one of the Liquid Art System galleries in different locations around the world though, be sure to set aside an hour or more to enjoy your visit.  And – be sure to ask one of the knowledgeable assistants to explain the thinking behind the art.  Complex explanations of some of the pieces we enjoyed seeing still reverberate within us – even now after we’ve returned home.

Read Full Post »

I’m not quite sure why I have such a love of bookarks ….. but I do!!

So when I came across this site recently, I was quite blown away!

Showcased on My Modern Met – a fabulous website which presents some of the world’s most outstanding designs – the work of Olena Mysnyk,  who designs captivating bookmarks and ships them off to all ends of the earth, are breathtaking beautiful!

legs
Imagine, for instance, marking the spot of your book with this bookmark! Or for that matter any of the others included in the Quirky Bookmarks post on My Modern Met.

If you are as keen as I am though and want to work out which one to add to your own bookmark collection, then head straight to My Book Mark and check out the online shop.

Read Full Post »

Sometimes a picture (with a little text) says it all!

neil-gaiman-simplest-way-to-raise-literature-children-school-library

Neil Gaiman‘s contribution to our world of literature is indeed very profound!

Read Full Post »

The Kids’ Bookshop, an online bookshop, is partnering with the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) to present a series of professional learning opportunities in the Melbourne area throughout 2017.

  1. Incorporating thinking skills & digital technologies into reading programs:
    27th April 2017
  2. The Classroom Novel:
    22nd June 2017
  3. Strategies to engage all children with reading:
    2nd August 2017
  4. Selecting novels with rich language & complex themes:
    21st September 2017
  5. The importance of non fiction books in an online world:
    19th October 2017

Check out full details on the The Kids’ Bookshop.Events page. (more…)

Read Full Post »

With our summer holidays just finished in Australia, many of us are taking a little while to ‘get back into it!’

Settling back into work-a-day routines isn’t made any easier when coming across locations such as this one which has to be the ultimate hotel for any one of us working in libraries!

The Library Hotel in New York where each floor celebrates one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System and has a reading room that is open 24 hours looks and feels amazing – and that’s just from watching this video!!

 

So when are the next holidays?!  🙂

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »