Summer 2008 (Vol. IX, No. 2) Table of Contents
- What Should Amazon Do with AbeBooks?
- Problems with Amazon as an Antiquarian Seller Site
- What Is Wrong With Today’s Amazon?
- A Bookseller’s Tasha Tudor Remembrance
- Robert Fisher of Echo Letterpress
- An Open Letter To The Select Committee On Security And Consitutional Affairs, Parliament Of The Republic Of South Africa
- Embracing the Unexpected
- Books About Bookselling: The Bookseller’s Apprentice
- Adventures with a Binder
- Author Profile: Matthew Eck
- June Gaulding and Mark Gaulding of JMVintage
- Alan Deffenderfer of ABD Booksellers
- Golden Books Group of Devon, U.K.
- Letter to the Editor: Thank You
- Yard Sale Tales
- Happy Hits
- Literary Pilgrimages: Patchin Place
- A passion for books but not proofreading
- MacIntosh Books and Paper
- Book Store Labels: Zavelle Book Stores, Philadelphia
- Bookplates: W. B. Brandt & Co.
- The Bookshelf of Willie Sutton
Yesterday I received an email from AbeBooks which stated that I could save 48% on Stephan King’s Duma Key.
Stephan King? It seems that Abe’s ‘Passion for Books’ doesn’t extend to proofreading. Maybe I’m being overly critical but this is a company in the business of words, books and literature! You’d think that they’d go to greater lengths to ensure these types of errors didn’t occur. What would happen if TechCrunch had a headline that read ‘Steve Jubs predicts iPod success’?
I’d give AbeBooks a mulligan but they used that up a few years ago when they sent a message to their booksellers and accidentally referred to them as boobsellers. A very different business for sure.
Perhaps the AbeBooks tagline should be ‘Passion for ARCs’ which notoriously have these types of errors. Or is my criticism too harsh?
Check out the Independent Online Booksellers Association Website