Inside the Book World

Every once in a while I like to update my 2 readers on all the interesting stuff I’m learning about the book world. First off, I finally figured out why the book industry has the most ridiculous/backwards business model where return on sales of books are expected and planned for. It all started in the Great Depression. Publishers wanted to encourage failing bookstores to keep their stock of books up, so they allowed the stores to return books. And since it worked so well in the Great Depression, that practice continues today.

Second, I found one more awesome thing about working at Random House. Once a month a book club meets to eat snacks and discuss a soon-to-be-released book. I’m really going to miss it once my internship ends–I’ll probably devote an entire post to that later.


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