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This is very interesting, from a high school perspective in this state.
Most LMS/TLs here buy paperbacks (fiction only) in preference to library
binding-type material.  It is the “format of choice” for the vast majority
of high school students.  Also, being cheaper (cost wise) they help spread
our book budgets a little further.

Sure, they fall apart more easily, but we get a few years out of them.
Given the acceleration in changes in reading tastes, many of them only have
a ‘shelf-life’ of a few years anyway.

Just another perspective.

Amanda Credaro
Sydney, Australia – where it is finally raining!

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Date:    Sat, 6 Nov 2004 21:29:12 -0500
From:    "Nigels, Mary" <NigelsM@CITRUS.K12.FL.US>
Subject: Re: TARGET:  What do you do with paperback books?

We use them as "On your honor books" -- If a student can't check books out
because of overdue books they are allowed to borrow from the paperback
shelves and we don't keep up with them.  Most of the paperbacks are well
loved and usually get returned.  We also allow students who can't pay for
lost books to work it off or bring books from home that they are willing to
part with that are worth an amount close to that of the lost book.  Many of
the paperbacks came from those sources.

Paperbacks don't seem to last long enough to make it worth while to process

Mary NigelsMedia Specialist
Crystal River Middle
Crystal River FL

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