FW: Re: Why is ModernLib membership down?

JOSEPH HILL goodbooks at webtv.net
Tue Jan 30 15:23:29 EST 2007

My eldest daughter sure loved these two posts!


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Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 10:46 AM
To: goodbooks at webtv.net
Subject: FW: Re: Why is ModernLib membership down?

Wow! Did you just wish that this happened in our household? Oh, well. How 
come you didn't call back the other night? I didn't realize it until it was 
past my bedtime. Not much to report. Lots of sick kids in Central Oregon 
means that I am BUSY. Luckily, our kids are healthy. take care, Irene

>From: "Robert Sanger" <rsanger at sangerswysen.com>
>Reply-To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
>To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>, <kamins at ModernLib.com>
>Subject: Re: Why is ModernLib membership down? Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 
>18:01:14 -0800
>John Ireland's post struck a chord.  I remember the three or four Modern
>Library books my parents had in our living room book cases.  But I
>thought I would pass this on:
>My thirteen year old daughter (the youngest -- my oldest is 37!) has
>become fascinated with the ML collection.  This summer, she helped me
>organize the collection, using Toledano's Guide like a pro.
>Yesterday, she came into my study with several ML books.  She suggested
>that we pick one and that she, her Mom and I all read it and discuss
>each day's progress at dinner.  After some discussion about the various
>books, she chose Samuel Butler's Erewhon.  We have three copies (yes, I
>need to dispose of some duplicates) and we all sat in front of the
>fireplace on a rainy Sunday each reading the same book.
>What to say?
>Warmest regards to all,
>Bob Sanger
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu [mailto:owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu] On
>Behalf Of John Ireland
>Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 5:10 PM
>To: modlib at algol.owu.edu; kamins at ModernLib.com
>Subject: [SPAM] - Re: Why is ModernLib membership down? - Email has
>different SMTP TO: and MIME TO: fields in the email addresses
>Though I love books and I am an English teacher, I collect ML books in
>an attempt to relate to my father.  When he died in 2002, I inherited 45
>ML's he bought at various places during WWII--one book had a sales slip
>from Macy's in New York listing the 5 titles he bought that day, all of
>which have 271 titles on the dj reverse.  When I buy a ML book with 271
>titles, I feel a rush.
>The year after he died, I was at the Printers Row book fair in Chicago,
>and I struck up a conversation about ML's with a chap who put me onto
>the ModernLib website.  Adding to my father's collection was only a whim
>at the time; but two years later, it became an addiction and I became a
>When I need to login as a member, I feel a special part of something
>larger than myself, larger than my father.  It connects me with a time
>long ago, when my father was a young minister in Fort Myers, FLorida.
>Looking at my collection on the shelves, reading the titles, handling
>the books, appreciating the dustjackets, I can feel my father's
>ModernLib facilitates this for me.  So much useful information and
>images!!  It might not be a bad idea to make more of this info available
>only with membership.
>And perhaps there are many, many more people who will become collectors
>as their parents pass on.
>John Ireland
> >>> Scot Kamins <kamins at ModernLib.com> 01/29/07 1:25 PM >>>
>The number of folks renewing memberships in ModernLib is way down.
>While I don't purge the on-line subscriber records, I can assure you
>that paid membership is down by a huge percentage.
>I can't figure out why this is so.  ModernLib keeps being updated and
>expanded, and yet we're not keeping old members or attracting many
>new ones.
>Any ideas about what's going on?
>Scot Kamins
>Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
>can change the world.    Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
>    -- Margaret Mead

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