Scotsdale, New York (AP) It can be a daunting task finding books you can read while driving or on a train.
But that’s not the case for ScottsDale Public Library, which has made it a priority to booksellers, book buyers and library patrons alike.
The library has launched a campaign called “Books for the Book” to encourage people to check out books.
It’s an effort that’s taking off around the country, with more than 20 libraries now offering the initiative.
It’s an example of the benefits of online book buying, says Michael DeGraffenreid, ScotsonDale’s director of strategic communications.
Book buyers often need to know what to expect from the library in order to book their tickets, DeGraffenreid says.
The library doesn’t have the resources to handle everything, so it’s helping customers make informed decisions.
“It’s really a case of trying to find the best way to do this work,” he says.
The campaign, which launched Tuesday, also encourages book sellers to provide customer service to those who shop online.
“The library offers a very strong commitment to customer service,” DeGraffer says.
“We want to make sure that they’re getting what they’re paying for, and that’s our priority.”
Library books typically sell for anywhere from $30 to $70, but they are available at an additional cost.
The Scotsey Public Library has a minimum order of 50 books, which are usually sold at a discount.
DeGraffenfelter says the library’s effort comes as more people shop online for books.
He expects that percentage to continue growing in the coming months, with the campaign also aiming to increase the number of books available to customers.
“I’m not sure how long that’s going to last, but hopefully it’s going do better than it’s ever done before,” DeHaft says.