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Collection Development and Maintenance: Purchasing


Library materials can be purchased from just about anywhere. Barnes and Noble and Amazon can be popular choices. However, library book vendors offer additional services such as standing order plans, cataloging, and processing of materials as a part of their services.

Below are some popular choices for book vendors:

Advanced Reader Copies

Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) are copies of books that haven't been published yet. They are often given to librarians and reviewers to help build up excitement for the book. ARCs may have spelling and grammar errors and may vary slightly from the published book. They are not able to be sold, but they make excellent prizes for giveaways.

New Releases

Scan the calendars and websites below to see what books will be available for purchase, reading, and viewing soon. Pre-order popular authors like Lee Child or Mary Higgins Clark to make sure they get into the hands of readers as soon as possible.

Book Reviews

Reviews are a great way to see what other people are thinking about new books and authors. Reviews are one of the best discovery tools for collection development and readers' advisory. Below are some of the more popular reviewing resources:

Currently Popular

Many people look to best-seller lists or a famous person's book club to decide their next read. Make sure the library stays up-to-date with the most popular books around.