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Reluctant CapitalistsBookselling and the Culture of Consumption$
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Laura J. Miller

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226525907

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226525921.001.0001

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From Dry Goods Merchant to Internet Mogul: Bookselling through American History

From Dry Goods Merchant to Internet Mogul: Bookselling through American History

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(p.23) Chapter 2 From Dry Goods Merchant to Internet Mogul: Bookselling through American History
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Reluctant Capitalists
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Laura J. Miller

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226525921.003.0002

This chapter examines the evolution of bookselling in the U.S. since the Civil War. It shows how the retail scene evolved from a highly decentralized group of small booksellers and marginal wholesalers to one dominated by large chains and national distributors employing sophisticated managerial and merchandising techniques to rationalize their work. This chapter suggests that the bookstore chains not only led or institutionalized significant changes within the book industry, but they helped to alter Americans' perceptions of bookstores and book buying.

Keywords:   bookselling, U.S., booksellers, marginal wholesalers, bookstore chains, book industry, book buying

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