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Mon Dec 18 2017 23:03:33

Amazon's AbeBooks Gives eBooks the Boot

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon is banning ebooks and digital content from its AbeBooks marketplace. In an email to sellers, it provided no reason for the policy change, only stating that it would continue to focus on selling physical books, art, and collectibles.

A reader who received the letter said the new policy, which takes effect in February, won't affect him since he doesn't sell ebooks. However, he said it could improve the search experience. "Mostly they just clutter up searches if you are looking to buy something. I'm a bit of a dinosaur and can't get used to the idea of paying money for something like that."

Here is the letter AbeBooks sent to sellers today (December 18, 2017):

Change to AbeBooks Policy for eBooks

Dear Seller,
As of February 6, 2018, AbeBooks will no longer permit the listing of eBooks (or any digital or electronic written content) on the AbeBooks websites.

We will continue to focus on selling physical books, art, and collectibles.

If you have any eBooks listed online in your AbeBooks inventory, please remove them by February 6, 2018.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Sincerely,
Your AbeBooks Team



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by: FH991586 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 21 10:10:36 2017

That will be a blessing!  It's been impossible to search with all this clutter within the rare books...  Next step: to ban the already cheaply printed PDF versions of those eBooks!

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 21 11:03:49 2017

Coming soon:  Abebooks shut down.  Everybody who sells books is now on Ebay.

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by: spooky This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 21 14:56:22 2017

this is actually great news. I do not sell on Abe buy i research and have bought several books. The ebooks are terrible clutter and belong someplace else.

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by: mindelec This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 22 19:45:32 2017

I'm surprised they ever allowed the sale of ebooks.  It would seem to me that unless you are an author, a publisher or an approved retailer, any ebook you sold would be a bootleg.  Just a lawsuit waiting to happen for abe.



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