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Select, Display, and Sell : Curation practices in the bookshop

Steiner, Ann LU (2018) In LOGOS 28(4). p.18-31
Abstract (Swedish)
Bookstores are one of the most visible places for books in the public space. No bookstore can ever offer every book available; rather it is in its selection that each bookstore is unique. Value, writes Michael Bhaskar in Curation (2016), no longer resides in access, but in curation – in selecting and arranging. The article argues that curating practices in bookstores can be mapped from four main aspects: space, selection, display, and experience. In order to understand the day-to-day practices in a bookstore, and the different form of curation that takes place, an ethnographic observation study was performed. The results in this study point to the bookstore being a place where more than books are sold: there is also selling the experience... (More)
Bookstores are one of the most visible places for books in the public space. No bookstore can ever offer every book available; rather it is in its selection that each bookstore is unique. Value, writes Michael Bhaskar in Curation (2016), no longer resides in access, but in curation – in selecting and arranging. The article argues that curating practices in bookstores can be mapped from four main aspects: space, selection, display, and experience. In order to understand the day-to-day practices in a bookstore, and the different form of curation that takes place, an ethnographic observation study was performed. The results in this study point to the bookstore being a place where more than books are sold: there is also selling the experience and sensation of being in a bookstore. In the borderlands of culture and commerce, bookstores are important curators of books. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Bookstores are one of the most visible places for books in the public space. No bookstore can ever offer every book available; rather it is in its selection that each bookstore is unique. Value, writes Michael Bhaskar in Curation (2016), no longer resides in access, but in curation – in selecting and arranging. The article argues that curating practices in bookstores can be mapped from four main aspects: space, selection, display, and experience. In order to understand the day-to-day practices in a bookstore, and the different form of curation that takes place, an ethnographic observation study was performed. The results in this study point to the bookstore being a place where more than books are sold: there is also selling the experience and sensation of being in a bookstore. In the borderlands of culture and commerce, bookstores are important curators of books.},
  author       = {Steiner, Ann},
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  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {18--31},
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  series       = {LOGOS},
  title        = {Select, Display, and Sell : Curation practices in the bookshop},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2018},
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