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Witchcraft May Be Moving Around Your Bookstore

By January 23, 2013

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There's a great piece from last week by Llewellyn's Elysia Gallo, about some news that's pretty important for those of us who still buy our books in brick and mortar stores. Elysia explains it well so I'm not going to rehash what she's said, but basically, thanks to some changes in the publishing industry's coding guidelines, books that were once labeled "Occult" will most likely start appearing in the "Religion" section.

Why is this important? Well, for one reason, if you walk into any Big Chain Bookstore, and ask for the Religion section, you'll be guided to an area full of books on Christianity, Judaism, and possibly a smattering of eastern religion and maybe a Koran or two. Anything else is in the next section over, New Age/Occult. If you're someone who practices a non-mainstream religion, your stuff is not in the Religion area of the store. Because of these new changes, it just might end up there, which is going to help not only you as a consumer, but also booksellers who are continuously baffled about why some religions are in the Religion section but some are not.

Keep in mind it will take a while for the changes to become implemented at a store level, so please don't go charging into your local Big Chain Bookstore howling about how Scott Cunningham's books really need to be over HERE instead of over THERE.

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January 23, 2013 at 11:32 am
(1) Ristoria says:

I’m a bit of an odd-ball. I enjoy having a whole section just for “us.” It makes it easier for me to find what I’m looking for!

January 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm
(2) Ginger says:

Well, it’s about darn time, too! One small step for bookstores, one giant leap for pagan-kind, I say.

January 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm
(3) Cheekymalone says:

*extinguishes torch, puts down pitch fork* Well, ok. I’ll give ‘em some time…

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