Wednesday, November 13, 2019

No Such Thing As A Free Book!

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Sometimes you come across a news story and think it belongs in the satirical Onion or as a witty news segment on Saturday Night Live. But when I read about a 27-year-old Michigan mother of five facing up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine after failing to return a pair of library books, I was just floored.

Sure, libraries have to encourage people to return books, pay overdue fees or replacement costs for lost books, but they can’t come off as crazy.  Just because she took out two books – and took two years to return them – doesn’t mean she should go to jail.

But there’s a warrant out for her arrest.

Sadly, she said she never received the library overdue notices because she was repeatedly moving while trying to get out of an abusive relationship.

As a result of the criminal charge, her employer suspended her. That also is ridiculous.

Why the library did not send it to collections or small claims court is a bit odd. It’s a sad story either way. 

Libraries can’t become abused or ignored by their patrons, but they should not criminalize those who return books late.

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2019. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America.

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