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Reluctant capitalists : bookselling and the culture of consumption

Author: Laura J Miller
Publisher: Chicago, Il. : The University of Chicago Press, 2007
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Over the past half-century, bookselling, like many retail industries, 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, many people believe, should be "above" questions of profit. In "Reluctant Capitalists", Laura J. Miller investigates what drives this belief and how it is affected by the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura J Miller
ISBN: 9780226525914 0226525910 9780226525907 0226525902
OCLC Number: 894994409
Notes: Originalår: 2006
Acknowledgments ix Commercial Culture and Its Discontents 1 From Dry Goods Merchant to Internet Mogul: Bookselling through American History 23 Providing for the Sovereign Consumer: Selecting and Recommending Books 55 Designing the Bookstore for the Standardized Consumer 87 Serving the Entertained Consumer: The Multifunction Bookstore 117 Bargaining with the Rational Consumer: Selling the Low-Cost Book 141 The Revolt of the Retailers: Independent Bookseller Activism 161 Pursuing the Citizen-Consumer: Consumption as Politics 197 Ownership Histories of Major American Chain Bookstores 231 Notes 237 Bibliography 283 Index 299
Description: x, 316 s
Responsibility: Laura J. Miller


Looks at a century of book retailing. This work reveals why customers have such loyalty to certain bookstores and why they identify strongly with different types of books. It also explains the  Read more...


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"From beginning to end, this book is a pleasure to read. Reluctant Capitalists is the first good history of American bookselling to appear in a very long time. Here, Laura Miller provides a Read more...

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