RE: [Videolib] A&E in libraries

Eileen Simmons (
Thu, 18 Sep 2003 09:36:20 -0700

Generic covers are an issue in public libraries. I do buy A & E videos, but
I think twice about it because they have zero shelf appeal. For better or
worse, our patrons do want reasonably attractive covers and some information
about the video beyond the title. This problem is not unique to videos. We
have also found that rebinding a book into "generic" buckram means it will
likely never be checked out again.

Eileen Simmons
Assistant Director/Head of Reference
Everett Public Library
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Tribby []
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2003 8:16 AM
To: ''
Subject: [Videolib] A&E in libraries

Dear CW;

In recent weeks our crack team of sales professionals have told us that
libraries are no longer eager to purchase A&E videos. They attribute this
to the lack of color covers. Apparently their contention is that generic
covers inhibit sales regardless of content. This seems strange to me because
when I peruse local public library collections, as I often do, I see lots of
A&E videos, though sadly not all of them were purchased from QBI. Is our
sales staff's shared perception correct? How do video librarians (not just
in the public libraries) feel about this? Strangely (to me anyway) we sell
an awful lot of Showtime "family" selections, which seem to me to resemble
live-action Disney product without the gritty reality the Mouseketeer crowd
usually provides.

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses
Videolib mailing list
Videolib mailing list