So when I need to buy unfamiliar booze, I look for those reviews that the liquor store attaches to the price label in front of the bottles. There's usually this tiny review from some source that sounds like Wine Enthusiast or Wino Cabal or something, that gives the bottle a score of some number close to 100.
So the liquor shelf might have a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (my wine of choice if I have to have wine) with a tiny slip of paper review that says,
"Rating 91. Crisp, fruity, hint of apricot, peach, banana, walrus. Excellent with fish, tacos, but not fish tacos."
And is makes me wonder why libraries never do this? No, not sell booze, but attach reviews to the library books.
Yes, I realize that the books move. They change locations almost every day. Except for the Scottish Poetry section. So there really isn't a permanent shelf where we can stick the review. But we could have a display. Or maybe get removable labels and stick them on the book spine. And yeah, each spine is a different width, so the label would need to be smallish.
I don't know about you, but I often pick up a book from the shelf and ask, "Why the hell did we buy this?" And not just to myself. I ask staff. I ask patrons. I run into the street to stop traffic like Kevin McCarthy in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
So it would be cool if we took that original review that convinced us to make the purchase and stuck it to that book, now collecting dust, to show everyone that we had a good reason for getting it. And that they should read it.
And as with DVD cases, those reviews might convince someone to borrow that book.
- "3 and 1/2 Stars" is a good enough reason to try something new. (And don't forget to add the images of the stars.)
- "Booklist says, Recommended for all public libraries" could also work.
- and "Publisher's Weekly says, Read this Motherfucker already!" is going to make me want to punch the asshole in the face who tries to get that book before me.
So, what about it? Is this another of my awesome ideas, or what? Oh, fuck, nobody even read this.