Blogger: Rachel Kent
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
I read an article yesterday about a man who started a little personal lending library from a large mailbox outside of his house and the idea has caught on all over the world. Here’s a link to the article: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-21/little-libraries-lawn-boxes-books/53260328/1
Basically, the libraries are in locations that allow for passers-by to take a book and leave a different one for others to read and enjoy. As a reader, it sounds like an awesome idea. I would love to be able to share books I’ve purchased with others and read some without having to spend the money. My question is, do you think these boxes are helpful or harmful for authors, agents and publishers? Sharing allows readers to get books without paying–possibly harming the publishing market–but it also promotes reading and could expose readers to authors they haven’t heard of before–potentially helping the publishing world.
I’d like to open this up for discussion and look forward to reading what you think! I will try to pop in a few times, but my family is traveling today so please feel free to talk amongst yourselves as well.