AE Monthly Articles - October - 2005 Issue

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Amazon Cuts The Cord: Now What For Abe and Alibris?

By Michael Stillman

Just when it seemed there was enough confusion in the online bookselling world, Amazon decided there wasn't, and proceeded to terminate their well-established relations with the top used book selling sites. The ramifications of their decision immediately spread to Abe, Alibris, and Half.com. Where it all will settle is anyone's guess, but once the stuff hits the fan, no one is ever quite the same.

Of course Abebooks has been leading the way in controversy over the past few months. They have been redesigning their site in a way which, if intended to antagonize the...

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Up for Bid: eBay, Auctions & Book Sites

By Bruce McKinney

The internet is logic in constant pursuit of speed and scale and it continues to revolutionize the book business. eBay has been encouraging traditional auction houses to list...

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Using Endicia.com To Save on Shipping Costs

By Carl Burnham

An essential factor that all rare booksellers have in common is controlling costs. A significant portion of those costs are in shipping out books on a daily basis. We have long ...

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Passing of an Era: Mary Ann Malkin of AB Bookman's at 92

By Michael Stillman

It was surely the passing of an other area in the rare book trade when Mary Ann Malkin died on August 1 at the age of 92. During the third quarter of the 20th century, Mrs. M...

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The Curious Evolution of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography


By Renée Magriel Roberts

Many booksellers have personal interests in books that become specialties. I was a comparative literature scholar and teacher before I became a bookseller, so ...

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Should This Book Be Sliced Apart?

By Michael Stillman

Some articles aren't fun to write. Most of my articles fall into two groups. One is positive, interesting developments that have occurred in the rare book world. These are a...

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Collecting: When it Rains it Reigns

By Bruce McKinney

It took about two weeks to adjust to the new placement of dealer homepage links on Abe. Now it's back to business as usual. The dealer contact information is found by selecti...

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Taken To School: What's Wrong With Education

By Michael Stillman

Do you want to know what's wrong with education today? I know. Recently, I had an opportunity to return to class with a bunch of high schoolers, some 40 years after my own g...

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Ludewig's "The Literature of American Local History, now in the AED

By Bruce McKinney

Following this brief introduction to Hermann E. Ludewig's "The Literature of American Local History; A Bibliographical Essay" is his obituary notice printed, in The Historical ...

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