However, the idea that selling tapes to libraries is good publicity is, I
believe, a bit misleading. In five years, we have had a few phone calls
interesting in receiving our catalog because they liked one of our videos and
in this sense it has helped our business. But they are few and far between.
People borrow books and videos from the library precisely because they don't
want to buy them. And you know what? This is absolutely a good and wonderful
thing. I was raised on a firm belief in the public library and most of my
youth was spent borrowing books from the Springfield New Jersey Public
What is missing in the previous emails is the idea that libraries in
themselves are a major customer for our videos sales (Blockbuster and Tower
combined doesn't even come close) and we thank God every day that the public
libraries buy independent, foreign and "challenging" videos. Is that enough
reason why we distributors should be nice to you?
I am assuming that the established independent distributors on the whole do
treat libraries and institutions with the respect due them. I hope so!
Milestone Film & Video
275 West 96th Street, Suite 28C
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 865-7449