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The Big Picture - What would YOU like to see us do next?

In this issue of The Big Picture:

THE DOWNLOAD: - by industry consultant Laura Dawson - serving rural areas where the population can be significant, but spread over a larger area
INTERVIEW: - with YOU! What projects would you like to see us tackle next?
INTEL: COMPANIES - Elsevier shuffles companies
INTEL: PRODUCTS - Video being added to e-books
INTEL: PEOPLE - Susan Harwood at Borders, more fleeing Muzers
THE JOB EXCHANGE - Visit the new LJNDawson.com on-site job board!

From The Download:
I have idyllic memories of my childhood, but I was reminded how culturally arid the region is when my oldest daughter threatened to throw herself out the car window because there was no place to buy a good book. There are 2 bookstores in Sussex County, DE ? one is a gay bookshop in Rehoboth Beach, and the other is a small independent in Bethany Beach, which hasn?t updated its website since before Harry Potter came out, and includes The DaVinci Code in its ?classics? section.

No, I am not kidding.

There are, however, 47 Wal-Marts. Or so it seems. Actually, I looked it up and there are 6 Wal-Marts in the area known as ?below the canal? ? the Delaware Canal, which separates the chicken farms and soybean fields from the University of Delaware and Wilmington. 6 Wal-Marts, no bookstores.

I was in Wal-Mart, looking for a book for my kid. The best Wal-Mart could offer me was Stephen King?s Lisey?s Story (which is actually pretty good). As I stood there holding the book, a woman nodded at me with the same hopelessness I felt. ?I really wish there was a bookstore here,? she said.

Thanks to Wal-Mart, the kids do get their Harry Potters (thank goodness), but where do they get their Lord of the Rings? Where do they get their Narnia? Where do they get their Golden Compass?

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