What's the difference?

<p>A very simple difference between libraries and bookshops is regularly overlooked. Library users borrow books and return them. Bookshop purchasers buy books and do not return them. That is why libraries have to have systems in place for returning books to the shelves in the right place for retrieval, and bookshops do not. That is why libraries have out of print books in stock, and bookshops do not.</p><p>If people, and especially the opinion formers in the book promotion industry, do not remember this difference, they do libraries a great disservice.</p><p>It seems to me that this may be ...

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