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Bookseller Revolt: Independents Vacate Abebooks in Solidarity November 6, 2018 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

Banned Booksellers Week has begun with a bang. David Streitfeld’s piece in the New York Times has kicked off what some hope will be a defining moment in the history of online bookselling.  For the week of November 5 to 11, 2018, booksellers around the world will remove their inventory from Abebooks, an Amazon company, in a show of support for their brethren in South Korea, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia who were told they…

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More Independent Resistance: This time from the Antiquarians September 18, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content

  In mid-April 2014 the Austrian antiquarian bookseller Norbert Donhofer was elected president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), an umbrella organization compromised of twenty- two national associations, including our own ABAA, representing thirty-four countries and around 1,800 individual affiliates.  In his first interview as President he noted that the most important project he was working on at the moment was “a strategic part-time cooperation with AbeBooks.”  He went on: The aim is that…

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AbeBooks E-mail Database Hacked April 3, 2011

 This email was recently sent by AbeBooks to its customers informing them that their email database had been breached:Epsilon Informs AbeBooks of E-mail Database Breach We have been informed by Epsilon, a third-party vendor we use to send e-mails, that an unauthorized person outside their company accessed files that included e-mail addresses of some AbeBooks customers. Epsilon has advised us that the files that were accessed did not include any customer information other than email…

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The World’s Most Expensive Inexpensive Bible April 14, 2010

Our friend, Maurice Earp, bookslinger at Blackwell Rare Books in the U.K., enjoys sending reports of bizarrely priced books found on Advanced Book Exchange (ABE). I love receiving them yet I never know whether to laugh, cry, or call the book police. This is a job for Tombstone’s favorite sheriff, Wyatt Earp, with whom Maurice shares nothing but surname and sharp aim. Today’s episode of Have You Lost Your Mind? concerns the the large-print edition…

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Notes from the Fair : Codex & The California Antiquarian Book Fair February 17, 2009

It was a big book week in San Francisco with both the book arts and antiquarian segments of the book trade hosting their largest events of the year. I was interested to see how these events would fair in the current economic climate of doom and gloom. Well, I got good news. Books are still alive! The Codex Foundation kicked things off with The Second Biennial Codex International Book Fair and Symposium. The book fair…

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