Selling Used Books Online
from the seems-to-work dept
Following yesterday’s story about authors being encouraged not to sell their books on Amazon, the NY Times has a column about a guy who is testing out selling his old books online. So far, it’s been quite a success. He first set a “control” price by taking the books he wanted to sell to the local used book store, where he was offered a grand total of $30 for 4 books. He put them online at Amazon and almost immediately sold one of the books for $24. He says he understands why authors would be worried. Of course, there have been used bookstores around for many many years – and yet you don’t see authors picketing them. I think this is overreacting on the part of the Authors Guild. Used books generate interest in their works from people who might not otherwise buy them. I know I’ve bought a number of cheap used books completely on a whim, which later led to me buying more new books by that same author.