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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Amazon: Goodbye to you all

Abebooks was the first to come out and say it, but it is definite: Amazon has informed all of its multiple partner sellers (like Alibris' network of independent sellers) that they will no longer be accepting their titles for list. This will be a huge blow for many sellers. Amazon generates a plurality of total sales for our Alibris used book inventory (under 1,000) . Nevertheless, Alibris has confirmed to us they will continue to target new outlets for their sellers' books. The actions in the past few months seem to prove this statement. Abebooks, on the other hand seems to be turning inward, already the #5 site for book sales (Amazon, Half, BN, Alibris, Abe) one has to wonder... can they generate enough sales to make it a viable outlet for their sellers?