Attention: News Editors/Books Editors
In response to recent articles about whether charities enjoy
an unfair advantage over independent booksellers when selling
secondhand books, Abebooks.co.uk have issued the following press
For Immediate Release:
Statement Issued by Abebooks.co.uk Press Office - Tuesday May
"As an open marketplace, Abebooks accepts all booksellers
who are ready and able to sell books in good faith in the online
We are proud to maintain our "open arms" status and
we currently help small booksellers and charities alike sell books
online. All sellers enjoy the same affordable book listing fees,
and none receive preferential deals or discounts.
With a body of over twelve thousand booksellers listing books
on Abebooks, we feel a responsibility to help ALL of our sellers
succeed online. In doing so, it is also important that we help
amplify their voices on important issues.
On this issue there are many voices.
The question of whether charities enjoy an unfair advantage over
independent booksellers when selling secondhand books, is part
of today's lively debate in the UK bookselling world.
Some booksellers suggest that the donated books that charities
receive for free, their volunteer staff, and the reduced Business
tax rates that charity shops enjoy, create an unfair competitive
Other sellers agree that this is true, but choose instead to
applaud the good works that charities do with the funds earned
from book sales.
There are many other opinions that booksellers raise, ranging
from appreciation for the way charity bookshops have raised the
profile of second hand books, to being thankful that charities
have brought their pricing more in line with market levels, to
lamenting that this means fewer treasures for the knowledgeable
book hunter to source at charity shops.
All booksellers are keen to sell books, whether the earnings
go towards charitable work, toward keeping a bookshop open, or
toward supporting a reading habit.
Beneath this debate runs a positive thread for all sellers: the
market for secondhand books continues to grow. The demand for
used, rare and out-of-print books continues to rise.
The Internet has created an international marketplace where book
buyers seek the best book at the best price from the best bookseller.
And yet this hasn't changed from how shopping was traditionally
done. Just as each book buyer walking the high street chooses
which shop to enter based on their beliefs, whims, and conveniences,
so too do shoppers make these same choices online. Abebooks makes
this possible by showing the name and location of each bookseller.
It really is a choice for each buyer to make.
Do we avoid the issue by suggesting it's the buyers' choice that
determines which bookseller thrives? No. We simply hope that by
bringing light to both sides of the debate we can help bookbuyers
make their own best decision when buying secondhand books."
All of us at Abebooks.co.uk
Abebooks is the world's largest online marketplace for books.
Abebooks makes it simple and safe to find and buy - or list and
sell - books online.
Bookbuyers love the variety of over 50 million new, secondhand,
rare, and out-of-print books offered by more than 12,000 independent
Booksellers love Abebooks for providing the tools to help them
succeed online. Abebooks offers a range of services including
dedicated support, HomeBase inventory management software, options
for selling via strategic partners (Amazon, Barnes & Noble),
and four international sites (Abebooks.com, Abebooks.co.uk, Abebooks.de,
Abebooks.fr). Abebooks is a private company based in Victoria,
BC Canada, with offices in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Media contact: Marci Crossan, Abebooks, tel:(+1)250 412-3258