Back in 2002, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers sent a letter to Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of  The letter stated:  “If your aggressive promotion of used book sales becomes popular among Amazon’s customers… This service will cut significantly into sales of new titles, directly harming authors and publishers.”  Hal R. Varian of The New York Times wrote a piece on it.  

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Now I don’t know about you, but I doubt used books will ever compete with new books, or cut into profits.  Every learned bibliophile enjoys both new and used books, and will buy accordingly.  Book publishers or aspiring authors need not fret about their livelihood being challenged.  




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