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Abortion: The Sequel

Abortion II: Making the Revolution
Lader
1973

Submitter: The number of strikes against keeping this book in the library are numerous. The book was first published in 1973, the year of the Roe vs. Wade court decision. While the contents may be of interest to academics interested in historical events leading up to this important court decision, it is of no interest to public library patrons. Especially as it has not checked out in over five years. In addition to the out-dated contents, the book binding is broken, the pages are turning yellow, and the book emits a funny smell. It definitely shows its 42 years of age!

Holly: There are really not many reasons why a public library needs to keep this. There are plenty of current books that give the same information, but in historical context. If your public library’s mission and purpose are to support university- or professional-level research, then great. Keep it. Otherwise, buy the Opposing Viewpoints volume on abortion (or something similar) and move on with your life.

Mary: The condition of the book makes it an automatic weed. However, my question is this a second in a series? Is it a sequel? What was the first book about? I hate cliffhangers.

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3 Responses to Abortion: The Sequel

  • I have seen these rebinds before. We still occasionally do them at my library. The binder will remove the paper backs cover, and adhere it to the new hardback. Was this book worth the extra cost to do it? In my 20 years, I have found it only necessary to do that once.

    • In the 90’s, our library decided to do this with a few hundred titles as a cost-saving measure. They bought the less expensive paperbacks and immediately turned them around and sent them to the binders (or is it re-binders?).
      I always felt that they came back looking like hand-me-downs even before their first check-out.

  • I’ve used this book! but from an academic library