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Monday, March 07, 2005

Here's to the Listings Services

After a recent comment regarding the negative postings on this blog, I wanted to take a moment to laud the listings services on the internet, especially ABE and Alibris. This venues provide an amazing opportunity for the independent and online seller. In some cases, these services have helped keep independent B&M stores in business. Moreover, by increasing competition and offering used books they are an important outlet for the consumer (especially the struggling grad student). Like any of man's creations, they are not without flaws, but we should all be thankful they exist. As an aside as of the Alibris article we counted (subjective of course) 4 positive articles, 5 negative, and 5 neutral. Sometimes just reading the titles can be misleading....