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Re: OT: Books

Henryanner@aol.com wrote:
> Now, the databases of both Amazon and B&N are full of garbage. There  
> is stuff there that isn't available, hasn't been available,  and won't 
> be available except through a specialist out-of -print search at      
> megabucks. Amazon is more current than B&N. But both are full of stuff 
> that will not be delivered if you order it. I know this. Orders are   
> taken and that information apparently becomes part of the database and 
> people see it and so forth and so on it goes. There is very little    
> database cleanup going on that I can see. 

> I do most sincerely hope that B&N and Amazon, both of whom I also deal 
> with occasionally, can manage to get this book for all those who are  
> interested. But I would not bet anything precious on it. Discount and 
> great customer service do not inevitably go hand in hand.
> Anner Whitehead, Richmond, VA

Anner, I think this is a valuable posting at this time of year when 
people on the List might be hoping to order (& receive!!!) books for 
Christmas giving or getting. You may have just lowered the frustration 
levels of all sorts of folks.

The whole book producing & selling industry is a peculiar one, as your 
letter noted -- some of the methods of handling merchandise are 
unbelievably strange. Some years ago, my son & daughter both worked for 
an independent book retailer of note in Denver (The Tattered Cover) -- 
my daughter was a dept. head & buyer & my son was the whole Return Dept. 
Their tales from work were fascinating to me because at the same period 
I myself was a retail buyer for a huge store ala' Wal-Mart. The 
difficulties I had in finding & actually obtaining the right mdse. at 
the right time for prime selling were often a snap compared to their 
hassles in the wonderful world of publishing.

Anyway, I truly hope those who've ordered the new Iris books receive 
same in timely fashion -- but it's just as well to be aware of the 
potential hold-ups, especially at discounted prices.

Marte in the mtns	Zone 4/Sunset 1  Colorado

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