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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Amazon Expands at its Roots

Amazon recently announced the acquisition of BookSurge, a print-on-demand company. This is an interesting move in terms of how it will play of for online booksellers. On one hand, printing those classics that have been mass produced over and over (like Barnes does) will not have a huge impact. However, this new service may effect more than a few out-of-print titles which still hold solid market prices. In addition, those booksellers supporting foreign language titles may find this new competition less than welcome. On a positive note, this new service will bring additional traffic to the site and therefore increase the visibility of those booksellers who choose to compete. Read the Motley Fool's take on the acquisition in general.