Re: My Distributor Rant...

Rick Faaberg (
Sat, 17 Aug 2002 23:38:23 -0700 (PDT)

And (maybe someone's said this), each and every title in a series needs its
own cataloging data - especially synopsis or whatever we "professionals"
call the field that summarizes the content.


Ps. This is my first-sent email after my recent double-bout of open-heart
surgery! Congrats to me! 8^)

On 8/16/02 9:27 AM, "Mike Boedicker" <> sent this out:

> Since we're ranting, here's my beef: distributors (usually cable TV
> channels) who only supply generic packaging for their videos -- i.e. the
> package displays the company logo and some PR about the channel but nothing
> about the program. They argue that the library market is only a fraction of
> total sales & so they can't justify spending the time and money on decent
> cover art, but I don't buy it. Even if I purchased one of their titles for
> my home collection, I'd want cover art so I could quickly locate it.
> As public librarians out there know, plain packaging means zero circulation.
> I've held off buying titles from distributors because of the packaging --
> what librarian has the time to create cover art? Fortunately, some vendors
> (Midwest Tape is one) indicate in their catalogs if a title comes with
> generic packaging.
> Mike Boedicker