Fuse #8

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Oooooh! Sparkly!

And while we're stealing info from other blogs, why not lift this little article first spotted on Kids Lit, this morning? The Book Standard has written, "Picture Books Fight Back: What the Publishing Industry Is Doing To Reinvigorate Illustrated Books". And here I thought they were doing so well. Hm. Now it seems that bookstores are restricting their "range" (uh-oh) and "novelty elements" (double uh-oh). What does this mean for you? Well, if you walk into a store and find that it's only stocking 10 picture book titles and 8 of those are part of the Rainbow Fish series, don't feel too surprised.



At 3:13 PM , Blogger bookstore girl said...

Don't blame the bookstores! Even at our store, which specializes in children's books, sales of picture books, especially in hardcover, are way down. Publishers are just reacting to that. Although we continue to make sure we only get good, quality picture books, the numbers we're ordering these days are really low.

At 12:20 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Oh, no. The bookstores are definitely not to blame here. If the publishers put out crap then what are the book bookstores left to do? I wonder why sales are down. Or is this just a case of especially high sales in the past now evening out?


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