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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Merits of Used Books

The used book portion of the industry is on the rise. Depending on who you ask this can be a wonderful trend or a industry threat. Without a doubt independent online sellers are pushing this trend. The internet and these independent sellers combine forces fostering a market with intense competition and low prices. If the consumer is willing to purchase a used book he or she should both be offered one on the market and offered it at a fair price. The ultimate winner is not just the consumer, but also the used bookseller (usually an independent) who offers these books. Mainstream news is beginning to highlight this trend and delineate the merits of used books. One of the most recent articles from the Mercury News does just that.