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Monday, July 08, 2013 

Libraries offer alternative to buying the costly stuff

The Fayetteville Observer writes about how going to a library with comic books on their shelves helps save money when comics are so expensive today:
Despite the quaint memory of comics that cost a dime, that has not been the case for a very long time. The newest issue of "Batman" checks in at $3.99. "Superman" will cost you $2.99.

That's why I'm glad all public library locations in Cumberland County have large collections of comics.

We don't carry individual issues like you'd find in a comic book shop. Instead, we have collections of issues. A lot of comic readers don't buy issues and just wait until these collections come out.
If publishers had the smarts to make the change to paperback/hardcover formats years ago, comics would probably be a lot more easily available today, even in terms of price. At the same time, if only the paper had the courage to admit much of today's mainstream superhero scriptwriting is awful. That's just one more reason why a lot of readers are surely glad for the existence of libraries if they happen to carry something that's badly written, they'll be able to tell themselves how glad they are they didn't spend so much money to buy it.

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