Still selling but a cover issue


from Press News, posted 11/16/2015 - 09:32

The impending death of the bookstore and relentless march towards ebooks are not with us yet. Indeed, recent book trade statistics show a revival both of the printed book and the independent bookstore. Just how much that matters for academic authors is another matter, however. Nowadays, it is rare that an academic book is seen in an actual bookstore (and, if it is, not for long).

There are exceptions, of course, one of them for NIAS Press being Chris Hudson’s Beyond Singapore Girl, which continues to resonate (and sell) especially in the Singaporean society it analyses. Here it can be seen in this line of books recently photographed in a Kinokuniya bookstore in Singapore.

Note that all of these books appear spine-out. That is a brutal reality for most books found in any bookstore or library. So, does the cover actually matter? Yes, it does. Here is why.


 

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