How to manipulate? 1st they ordered 3 copies of this popular author's books for entire nation. With just 3 copies the demand in reservation for the book went to the stratosphere! Take a look:
Every single copy (each library has 2 copies) are reserved at a price of $1.55 .There ought to be 2 reservations per book so the library gets $3.10 to recoup part of a book's price.
I have no intention of buying his latest book. Saving $$ is 1 reason but the other reason is shelf space. I'll read the book twice & return it. Unless the book is really good & worth buying to keep as reference the limited shelfspace is increasingly impacting which books to buy for reference.
People's homes are increasingly cluttered these days.