Used Book Sales Are Booming

from the isn't-that-a-good-thing? dept

theodp writes "A landmark study confirms what publishers, authors and booksellers have believed - and feared - since the rise of the Internet: Used books have become a modern powerhouse, with sales topping $2.2 billion in 2004. More than 111 million used books were purchased last year, representing about one out of every 12 overall book purchases." It's not clear why this is an issue, or why it's to be feared? Having a healthy used resale market only increases the value of a new book, because the buyer knows that he or she will be able to resell it later. The study doesn't actually look at the impact of used books on new book sales, so to imply that it's bad (or good) for authors at this point is premature. However, even if it is bad for publishers, then that's something they, as a business, need to deal with. To claim that it's somehow "bad" that products are out there for less money and more people can read them means (just like certain other industries) the publishers are missing opportunities to give book buyers what they really want.

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    El Gordo, 1 Oct 2005 @ 5:22pm

    Re: Books are not commodities

    Complete Crap!!

    if a book is good, I'll go to library and get it for free! then i'll take it back, why do i want to keep it? is there value to be had by keeping it? NO, if i want to read it again, I will go back to the library and get it out.

    DONT KEEP BOOKS, they just gather dust and you wont impress me or your friends by having lots of books shitting on youe shelves


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