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RE: [askref] Amazon Self Publishers attempting to get Libraries to purchase books? Dani Lichtenberg 30 Jun 2016 12:38 EDT

We constantly receive queries of this kind through all of our library email addresses that are discoverable through our website.

These, and "businesses" that want us to include their links on our website.

These are forwarded to the staffmember responsible for that area (collection development or the specialist in charge of the webpage involved).  We generally reply as follows:

Thank you for informing us about [your book or website].  Library staff will research [your book or website] to determine if they meet the Library’s criteria for inclusion. Because of the volume of requests we receive, we are unable to accept every request, or to respond to each request personally.

Dani Lichtenberg
Manager, Research & Information Services
Main Library
Palm Beach County Library System
(561) 233-2744

From: [] on behalf of Ingrid Purrenhage []
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:15 PM
Subject: [askref] Amazon Self Publishers attempting to get Libraries to purchase books?

Greetings fellow Ask a Librarians,

Out of curiosity have any of you been getting ask a librarian emails such as the

June 30, 2016 Dear Library Director, Would you please consider adding the following three
novels by August Sommers. Winter in America, Free Town, and The Rise of Caesar, as I do so
enjoy his writing. Thank you for your time and cooperation. Ms. Janice Small

Questioner Information
Name: Janice Small

We have gotten this exact message from the same person twice. The books in question are
self published through Amazon Createspace. I was wondering if other libraries have gotten
the same or similar requests.

Feel free to reply to me off list.


Ingrid Purrenhage, MLIS
Associate Director Library
Pasco-Hernando State College
Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch

Pasco-Hernando State College

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