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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Amazon takes another big step into the used-book business

Damian Reece and Charles Arthur, British Library opens a new chapter in its history: helping Amazon storm the antiquarian book market, The Independent, November 25, 2003. Amazon has licensed the records in British Library's book catalogue. In addition to records for new books, which are obtainable elsewhere, the BL catalogue contains 1.7 million records for books published before the advent of ISBN's. Amazon will use the records to create huge, efficient, online used-book market with one page per book. Potential buyers and sellers will be able to meet online to negotiate prices. (Thanks to LIS News.)