We’ll be talking about…• Readers’ advisory, aka librarian blah blah• The relationship between book appeal and zine appeal• How to introduce zines to readers who aren’t necessarily zinesters• Displays• Writing reviews• Online versus realtime ziners’ advisory• What’s popular and why• Your questions
Readers’ Advisory• The question: “Tell me about a book you’ve read and enjoyed”• Identify appeal characteristics• Consult reader advisory resources• Readers advisory conversation Flickr user U-EET
Appeal Characteristics• Story• Character• Setting• Language• Format http://judgementalbooksellerostrich.tumblr.com
Why read a zine?• Short, quick reads• Unique points of view• The long tail• Unfiltered, unedited creativity• Strong visual appeal & aesthetic quality• Subject matter not always available in books• Highly personal http://www.skylightbooks.com/la-zine-week
Ilse Content, volume 11tags: personal, travel, literaryWritten in the spaces between France and Olympia,England and Hungary, this issue of Ilse Content isas much travel writing as it is a study of thesymbolism in daily life, daily myth. The temporaryhomes we make. Our connection to history, family,and continents. How Alexis does this using so fewwords is a mystery to me, but something I keeppicking up to re-read, hoping to find out. Illustratedthroughout by the ever-amazing Rose Oliveira. 36pages, quarter-size.
I Love Bad Movies #1Tags: media, reviews, humor, compilation zineThrough a little bit of sweet-talking, we were able toland some copies of the issue that started off thisamazing, hilarious, zine series. Before the well-playedthemes of later issues began, they traversed thecinematic spectrum of Road House to Showgirls,Sleepwalkers to The Pick-Up Artist, all in one issue.Well-written and able to appeal to just abouteverybody. 52 pages, half-letter size.
Free to Choose: a Womans Guide to Reproductive FreedomTags: feminism, history, activism, Eberhardt PressA pretty amazing history of, largely, pre Roe Vs WadeAmerica. Stories about tons of incredible women whotook matters into their own hands. A lot informationpacked into these 24 pages. “This is not just anotherpro-choice zine. It is an introduction to the history ofunderground abortion and a call to learn our historyand to take matters in our own hands.” -EberhardtPress. 24 Pages, A5 size.