Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 06:59

Several months back I suggested a book for discussion for the LISNEWS Librarian's Book Club. The book was: Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption. At that time the book was only available in hardcover and was held by under a 100 libraries. Currently the book is out in hardback and paperback and over 300 libraries have the book according to WorldCat. Previously several people were interested in discussing the book but wanted to wait until it was more available.

Here are the chapters of the book.
Chapter 1 Commercial Culture and Its Discontents
Chapter 2 From Dry Goods Merchants to Internet mogul: Bookselling through American History
Chapter 3 Providing for the Sovereign Consumer: Selecting and Recommending Books
Chapter 4 Designing the Bookstore for the Standardized Consumer
Chapter 5 Serving the Entertained Consumer: The Multifunction Bookstore
Chapter 6 Bargaining with the Rational Consumer: Selling the Low-Cost Book
Chapter 7 The Revolt of the Retailers: Independent Bookseller Activism
Chapter 8 Pursuing the Citizen-Consumer: Consumption as Politics
Appendix Ownership Histories of Major American Chain Bookstores

Discussion of the book will begin on August 6th to allow people that would like to participate in the discussion
time to get a copy of the book.