Anyway, so what I'm going to do is share all the links that got me ruminating on the topic, and maybe it'll get you pondering too.
- The Guardian recently ran an article explaining why books often get different covers depending on where they are printed.
- And there's a related post on books with similar covers but different prices over at Inklings.
- The North Carolina State University Library has released some open source software which allows users to virtually browse shelves.
- And the American Libraries website posted an article tackling The Myth of Browsing, which maintains, among other things, "Because the books in highest demand are most likely to be in use and, thus, off the shelf, browsing academic library shelves is the equivalent of hitting the sale tables on day three of a three-day sale."
I used to spend hours browsing the bookstore, library or bookmobile shelves. Is it just me? Or have you noticed a change in your browsing behavior too? Are we doing our students a disservice by tossing book covers?