FYI France

File 3: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler,

January 15, 2012 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on January 15, 2012 - and, a little later, on, and at Facebook-Jack Kessler's Notes

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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal subscriptions may be obtained via email request to:

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"Do you have a book about horses?..."
-- digital access


That phrase, "Do you have a book about horses?", being a cornerstone of librarianship both digital and eyeball-to-eyeball: the parsing of same... key to "the reference interview", in old-style librarianship, and to "information search & retrieval", in the new... "Just what does this user 'mean' by that?" -- epistemology. And admitting to a personal love of horses, and of France and of The Internet -- eclectic combination -- and of finding some way of combining the three: and apparently I'm not the only one...

Digital Percherons... libraires hippiques... in France... -- among which:



* Librairie, Société Hippique Percheronne de France


* Librairie du voyageur,


* Sport et Hippisme en France


* And some -- a little -- formal bibliography...


* And mes remerciements to Raphaële Mouren for the following:, le portail des livres équestres numérisés




A Note:

Is this a possible future, for bookshops? Specialization? For bricks & mortar, indie / independent, "real" retail bookshops... Subject-specialization, in books about wine, or about cars, or about horses...

I do know the old adage in business about "risk-spread"; but there's another old business adage about "product-differentiation", too.

I have extensive personal experience with's excellent search engine: that's how 150+ ebooks now come to lurk in my AmazonCloud, waiting to pounce upon my free time, complementing the 100's more in cardboard-and-paper gathering dust at my home.

Where is there time, to do all this...

But the search engine doesn't help much -- not Amazon's very good effort, not even Google's -- not with browsing, or subject-searching... If you know what you are looking for, then yes Google finds it fastest; and Amazon adds extra indexes so you conveniently can search across their myriad product-offerings and differentiate -- "Amazon" the ebook, from the printed book, the movie, the action-doll, the river, the giant corporation or perfume aroma or ice-cream flavor or whatever...

But if you don't know what you are looking for -- if yours is an "unknown"-item-search -- then the search-engines still do not do well; still your best bets, for finding your "book about horses", are to ask a flesh-and-blood & not-just-digital librarian, or to visit a bookshop specializing in your subject.

In San Francisco, near my home here, there is a shop offering, "books on food" -- and we have had, until he recently retired, a "mysteries" bookshop -- and in Paris, in the Sylvia Beach tradition and even near her old neighborhood, there is the San Francisco Book Company, a bookshop specializing, as Sylvia did, in the English-medium literature which folks from this city enjoy --

-- and now, in long-mercantile Paris, there is a bookshop specializing in horses...

So perhaps it is subject-specialization, which will save the indie bookshop -- preserving a place to browse, for those bored with or lost Sur La Toile -- as well as for those of us in love with La Toile, but located several thousands of miles away from the bookshop.


Jack Kessler,






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