Viz Library Editions

Viz is going to produce library editions for first volumes of some popular series. This might be useful, since graphic novel collections in libraries tend to be very high circulating items with a lot of wear and tear:

LIBRARY EDITIONS • MSRP: $15.99 • Available January 2008
In January, the company will also publish new hardcover Library Editions
of the first volumes of several popular manga series including BLEACH,
DEATH NOTE, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, INUYASHA, NARUTO and RANMA ½. The
content of these editions will match their original manga counterparts
but now packaged with a rugged hardcover to make the volumes viable for
years of library use.

Full press release is up at Pop Culture Shock