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Author Miller, Laura J.
Title Reluctant capitalists : bookselling and the culture of consumption / Laura J. Miller.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Author Miller, Laura J.
Subject Booksellers and bookselling -- United States.
Bookstores -- United States.
Books -- Purchasing -- United States.
Books and reading -- United States.
Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects -- United States.
Consumer behavior -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (x, 316 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-297) and index.
Contents Commercial culture and its discontents -- From dry goods merchant to Internet mogul : bookselling through American history -- Providing for the sovereign consumer : selecting and recommending books -- Designing the bookstore for the standardized consumer -- Serving the entertained consumer : the multifunction bookstore -- Bargaining with the rational consumer : selling the low-cost book -- The revolt of the retailers : independent bookseller activism -- Pursuing the citizen-consumer : consumption as politics.
Note Print version record.
Summary Over the past half-century, bookselling, like many retail industries, has evolved from an arena dominated by independent bookstores to one in which chain stores have significant market share. Looking at a century of book retailing, this text demonstrates that the independent/chain dynamic is not entirely new.
Note English.
ISBN 9780226525921 (electronic bk.)
0226525929 (electronic bk.)
9780226525907 (alk. paper)
0226525902 (alk. paper)
0226525902 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 646784231
Additional Format Print version: Miller, Laura J. Reluctant capitalists. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006 (DLC) 2005024219

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