"Researchers found that being too busy, not enjoying reading, and preferring to spend their spare time on the internet mean men read fewer books, read more slowly, and are less likely to finish them than women."
Here’s a question I field regularly: “Where in the name of ONIX 3.0 are the picture books, H-Dude?” Picture books, in case you’ve never attempted to shop for them, are notoriously difficult to locate in metadata. There is no BISAC category assigned to them, and not all publishers identify titles as picture books in descriptions, which are not searchable anyways.
Complicating matters further is format: many picture books, like Random House’s Dr. Seuss works, are published in fixed format epub, which no library vendor app currently supports (that’s changing for us in the near future).
The good news is that widely accessible, quality picture books do exist in ebook form. Take, for example, the latest entries in Cloud publishing partner Holiday House’s I Like To Read series, designed for emerging readers. The best way to identify picture books for the time being is to, well, read my Top New Releases newsletter every Friday. Drawing on information from library marketers, I break out children’s titles from juvenile and young adult titles, and I clearly mark picture books.
"Wouldn’t you be surprised?"
I’m sitting here sick sipping soup and scrolling through my iPhone’s camera roll. Over the last 14 months, I have photographed two dozen libraries and bookstores in the name of enlightenment. New York, London, Paris, Sydney, Bismarck, Minneapolis, and Guadalajara. Let’s keep this whole even playing field going.
Happy National Library Week!