Adverts in library books
Yesterday, I logged on to bbc.co.uk/news to see what’s happening back home and I was confronted by an advert for a watch! Adverts on the BBC… oh, the horror! The BBC techies in London detected I was an overseas visitor and they are now slapping ads in front of us expats who are no longer paying the licence fee that funds the BBC.
To be honest, I am more angry about that than the news today that some UK libraries are going to be slipping advertising inserts into books. The Guardian is whining about it but an insert is easy to toss into the recycling bin and they make excellent fire lighting material. If some cases, commercial partners make ideal stablemates for certain books and authors – especially if the partnership has some humour to it.