Posted by shannonclark on February 5, 2003
Saw this from a link from Anil Dash. Made me think – why don’t libraries do something even more radical.
All libraries buy books – on a regular basis.
Why not offer to include patron’s orders alongside the library’s order?
This offers a number of advantages – bigger orders means breaks on shipping, possibly higher discounts from the distributers.
Patrons would get the books at a discount – while possibly also making a donation (i.e. the library might get a 40% discount, pass along 20% to the patron and keep 20% towards books for the shelves).
Patrons would also have reasons to keep returning to the library – and possibly some incentives to donate books.
Note that this would work equally well for DVDs, CDs or other mediums libraries stock as well.