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Reluctant capitalists : bookselling and the culture of consumption

Author: Laura J Miller
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2007]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Bookselling has evolved from an arena dominated by independent bookstores to one in which chain stores have significant market share. Yet unlike other retail industries, bookselling should be "above"  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura J Miller
ISBN: 9780226525914 0226525910 9780226525907 0226525902
OCLC Number: 148646206
Description: x, 316 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Commercial culture and its discontents --
From dry goods merchant to Internet mogul : bookselling through American history --
Providing for the sovereign consumer : selecting and recommending books --
Designing the bookstore for the standardized consumer --
Serving the entertained consumer : the multifunction bookstore --
Bargaining with the rational consumer : selling the low-cost book --
The revolt of the retailers : independent bookseller activism --
Pursuing the citizen-consumer : consumption as politics.
Responsibility: Laura J. Miller.

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