Core Lists for Booksellers and Librarians
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Our semi-annual list of core graphic novels and manga for booksellers and librarians presents a dynamic assortment of titles readers are looking for and in-the-know retailers need to be carrying. With hundreds of books all conveniently sorted into age-appropriate groups, this is the essential list of graphic titles to stock right now. See the Spring 2012 Core Lists by clicking here.
It's a question we've received many times since we launched GraphicNovelReporter: What graphic novels and manga should I be carrying if I want to break into this marketplace?
The question came from several independent bookstore owners and even librarians who were looking to begin or expand their graphic collections. It was easy to see why: With so much content out there and so few resources for sorting it all, how could they use their limited budgets wisely ans still serve the best interests of their customers and patrons? It was apparent to everyone that this market was rapidly expanding, but key aspects of it still remained a mystery.
And so we developed our Core Lists. It's our attempt to address those needs in the best way we can.
What makes a graphic novel or manga part of this Core List? First and foremost, it's essential to understand that this is not a best-of list or a selection of favorites. Nor is it an extensive list for comic shops, who have a different set of needs than other booksellers (although we hope some of the information provided here is of use to comics shop owners, too!). This is a collection of lists specifically designed for bookstores, libraries, and other outlets who are seeking to branch out into comics. Collectively, these lists will provide them with information they need to get started now (which is also why we'll keep updating the Core Lists every six months: to reflect new titles and trends that have emerged).
Also worth noting: Many wonderful books we all love have, unfortunately, gone out of print. We've removed those books from our recommendations, because our aim is to provide a dynamic list that everyone can easily order from suppliers. Finally, you'll probably notice that the lists are short on superhero titles, although several of them are represented throughout. That's because this isn't a traditional comics list, but rather one for the general-reading marketplace.
As with any endeavour of this sort, there will be disagreements, and because of that, we welcome your feedback. Know a title that's missing from this list? See something that you know shouldn't be on here? Feel free to express yourself by leaving a comment or sending an email. And with that, we hope you enjoy our Core Lists and find them incredibly useful. Here's to making a great impression with all the comics and manga fans you serve!
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