by Jim Fletcher
I got an interesting email last week from an employee at a bookstore chain. Previously, I had written about the state of publishing a couple times and pointed out who doesn’t have a problem offering books that … might not be good for people.
“Not good” in my world means books that espouse worldviews that are harmful. As a hypothetical case, I’d have a problem with a store that stocked the Satanic bible.
The employee gave me a detailed analysis of what is important in the chain that employs him. Not surprisingly, what is important is the bottom line. Period. Very detailed sales reports monitor the buying habits of people who have been fed fluff by these stores and the vendors who supply them.
The chain maintains a veneer of conservative religious stock.
But they also champion either fluff or outright dangerous books by heretical authors.
The titles that deal with things like “Having the Coolest Life in Five Minutes” are created to make money, period. The byproduct is that they appeal to the basest human nature: the appeal to self. So I consider those titles harmful, and yet chain stores (and some independents) pander to human nature. Their purpose isn’t to edify, but to ring up sales. Click here to continue reading.