back to article In news that will shock, er, actually a few of you, Amazon backs down in dispute with booksellers

Amazon has backed down from a growing dispute with secondhand booksellers, in an almost unprecedented act of reasonable behavior from the online behemoth. Booksellers from across the globe were incensed earlier this month when Amazon's AbeBook, an online souk for books, art and other valuables, informed its partners in four …

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Mushroom

Antiquarian Booksellers: almost as badass as Librarians.

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More badass than librarians. Vested interest.

Antiquarian booksellers own their inventory. Librarians merely oversee theirs.

Librarians

Oook!!

Obligatory TP reference.

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Re: Librarians

"Librarians can catalog anything from an onion to a dog’s ear. They could catalog you."

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Joke

Re: More badass than librarians. Vested interest.

Antiquarian booksellers own their inventory. Librarians merely oversee theirs.

Try telling them that!

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Librarians have Barbara Gordon. Antiquarian booksellers need someone like that too.

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"Antiquarian Booksellers: almost as badass as Librarians."

I know you say that as a joke, but there's this documentary about librarians that I haven't seen yet, but does make it sound like there may be something in the idea that Librarians are indeed a bit bad-ass.

VinceH

I have seen all episodes of this documentary and can confirm some very bad ass, as well as less than flattering moments. Generally being above the curve though.

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"Antiquarian Booksellers: almost as badass as Librarians."

Ordinary librarians have nothing on special collection librarians. They weigh the books in and out.

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"there may be something in the idea that Librarians are indeed a bit bad-ass."

There is no question about it. Librarians are, and always have been, hardcore badass. I haven't seen that documentary, but the amount of badassery in the history of librarianism could fill many movies.

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"There is no question about it. Librarians are, and always have been, hardcore badass."

I was a prison inmate librarian. If you didn't return a book, I could fuck you up with the Sargent. Top that!

Bad-Ass Librarians

...there's this documentary... (followed by a link to a show).

Aww. I was hoping someone had made a documentary using this book.

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Possessing an increasinly rare skill...

...being able to navigate physical books as we lumber into the future.

Not *everything* is online. Not everything will be online.

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I entered a second hand bookshop a while ago but didn't get far. There were more books than free space to move in, even if you could fly. I am still impressed that the owner of the establishment could immediately locate what I was looking for but I am still mystified how he could move through alleys between the towering stacks of books. I suspect quantum mechanical tunneling.

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"I suspect quantum mechanical tunneling."

A good bookshop is just a genteel blackhole that knows how to read.

And remember, kids:

1. Silence

2. Books must be returned by the last date stamped

3. Do not interfere with the nature of causality

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Pterry Icon? No? I won't get tired of asking....

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Re: Possessing an increasinly rare skill...

We should ask for a black fedora icon. It has many potential applications in tech.

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Re: Possessing an increasinly rare skill...

And many things that are online cannot be truly understood or appreciated that way.

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Re: Possessing an increasinly rare skill...

Two words "Black Books".

The intercalary hole exists in a parallel universe. The door to it is over there. Mine's the one with the black key in the pocket.

Don't mess with ILAB

Their customers include Buffy and Sam and Dean.

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Choice

I used to use ABE until I found out who owned it. I switched to another seller Alibris.

Just thought that I would let people know that there are alternatives.

Oh and thanks El Reg, you seem to have given me back my Silver badge. Why it went away in the first place remains a mystery.

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Always favored Alibris over Abe, but had no idea Abe was actually a Borg drone. Good to know for the future.

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It wasn't at first. I, a previously happy customer, dropped them immediately when they got bought by Amazon.

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In news that will shock, er, actually, half of you

this headline has been bot-generated

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In other news you were hit by down voting bots.

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"International League of Antiquarian Booksellers"

Amazon: have we bought a League yet? OK, where's me change...

AbeBooks specializes in rare books, and provides a marketplace for sellers of expensive tomes dotted all over the world.

Maybe they do sell rare, expensive books, but that's not my impression. I've bought quite a few books from Abe, and I don't think I've ever paid more than a fiver including postage. Second-hand bookshops are an excellent way to buy a nice copy of anything that's not a recent publication.

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"...expensive tomes..."

For me, that's anything that costs more than $0.99 + $6.49 Shipping (Canadian dollars). Problem is, I've already bought all the $0.99 used books that I want (my Jeremy CLarkson collection, LOL!!). I've been forced up-market, purchasing more expensive books that are sometimes even over $10.

On the other hand, I do have a few $100 price class books. Six of them are signed by people that have wandered around on the Moon. :-)

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Grapes of Wrath

As Ma Joad said, "Thank Gawd for Vittery!!"

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not to mention book faires and antiquarian shows

Ok, well, i mentioned them. great places which used to abound with book sellers and their wonderful old tomes. Most of the stores i preferred going into were used book stores with high shelves, books stacked all over, and a certain dry, musty smell. They always had inadequate lighting.

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"used book stores with high shelves, books stacked all over, and a certain dry, musty smell. They always had inadequate lighting."

I consider those places to be paradise.

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I consider those places to be dangerous. If I get many more books, my home may collapse into some kind of L-space singularity.

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