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Some Radical Book and Pamphlet Publishers

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 1 February 1981


It is time for some different brand names. Librarians are notorious for unthinkingly ordering books from major publishers. There is an understandable logic at work: these are large and well respected companies and their products must meet rigorous standards in order to be published. A secondary assumption underlies the first; if the book isn't so hot or if it is controversial, the librarian can always make the argument that it is from a usually reliable source. Buying from established sources can also allow the selector to circumvent the rule, sometimes unwritten, that one or two favorable reviews are needed in order to purchase. And there are the added bonuses of CIP data and ease of ordering and handling.


Shore, E. (1981), "Some Radical Book and Pamphlet Publishers", Collection Building, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 72-77.




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