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For a September 2005 deletion debate about this article see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Abebooks


I am the holder of copyright for this page and am the one who published it. Can please have it removed from the Copyright infringement section and posted live? I can be contacted at drideout@abebooks.com

I've sent an email about this. Angela. 18:51, September 2, 2005 (UTC)
I asked "drideout@abebooks.com" if he was able to release this text under the GFDL and he sent me an email stating "My company is the owner of all material as you have noted in the request [...] I did write the copy and I have full authorization to publish." Angela. 19:24, September 2, 2005 (UTC)

Style[edit]

Whilst the author has kindly consented to release their text under the GFDL, I'd like to gently remind them that dumps of websites onto the Wikipedia are generally in need of severe cleaning. As it stands, this article is written in "our" and "we", includes various decorative language, and duplicate information. I've fixed some, but much work is needed. -Splash 22:40, 2 September 2005 (UTC)

Please see updates to page -Rideout

I'm not happy with the tone of the article. It still reads too much like advertising, and not enough like an encylopaedic entry. There aren't any specific passages that I can put my finger on, or I'd edit them. However, the overall tone is one of an advertising piece shoehorned into Wikipedia. I'd probably even go so far as to say that this old stub is a better encylopaedia entry than the current version. If anyone can improve the style of the piece further, then I think it would be a great improvement. If not, I may revert to the old version some time over the next day or two. KeithD (talk) 07:51, 3 September 2005 (UTC)
Finding myself agreeing with you, I attempted to perform a marketingectomy on the history section. I'm still not happy with the quality though. Going back to the stub may be the best solution, unless somebody can do a better job of re-writing it. --GraemeL (talk) 12:11, 3 September 2005 (UTC)
Nice rewrite. You've vastly improved the tone of the article. (I have to say I'm rather disappointed that Abebooks have apparently tried to use this and other Wikipedia articles as a way in which to promote their website. They've gone down in my estimation because of it). KeithD (talk) 14:28, 3 September 2005 (UTC)
Yes, that is very disappointing. Wikipedia is not free advertising space. I have removed all but one of their link insertions, and redirected Advanced Book Exchange to here. The link insertions were simply not encyclopedic in the articles they appeared in (and I removed other links at the same time), and they seem to have embarked on a free advertising campaign here, or to have misunderstood what Wikipedia is. In any case, at least this article is looking better now. -Splash 14:44, 3 September 2005 (UTC)

Abe/Amazon[edit]

Someone should add the news that Abebooks is due to be acquired by Amazon. I can't, as Abe has a minority stake in my company, LibraryThing. See http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1182552&highlight= Lectiodifficilior (talk) 15:12, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Print on Demand[edit]

This article states that the inventory on ABE includes: "a growing number are new books" If the author is referring to print on demand garbage, then yes ABE has an increasing number of them listed, usually from places like India, etc. If you are looking for an original copy of a rare title, it takes a lot of sifting through all of this junk to see if there is anything worth buying. While there is a filter that supposedly removes print on demand titles, it is marginal since it seems to be based on the bookseller self identifying what he's selling as used, print on demand, etc. Because of this, ABE is almost useless anymore to find antiquarian books. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.158.48.13 (talk) 12:53, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

First Digital Strike[edit]

First Digital Strike In November 2018, the first digital strike of its affiliates. Willing to end its relationships with the Czech, Hungarian, Russian and South-Korean booksellers, Abebooks sent them notice of the termination of their accounts effective on 2018, Nov. 30, without giving any reason. An unheard-of movement of solidarity between the Abebooks-affiliated booksellers begun on 2018, Nov. 1st. In two days, almost 200 bookshops, mainly ILAB members, put their accounts 'on vacations’. The movement then extends largely to non ILAB members and, as of 5 November 2018 when the official strike begun, counts almost 400 booksellers “on vacation” and more than 2 million books removed from Abebooks website. The ABA, the British association of the ILAB members, has announced the end of its partnership with Abebooks. The rallying of the booksellers keeps strong and on 2018, Nov. 6, more than 500 bookshops have put themselves ‘in vacations’,Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). withdrawing 3,000,000 collectible books from the platform.

https://www.ilab.org/articles/booksellers-show-unprecedented-act-solidarity-and-send-their-books-vacation https://www.pymnts.com/amazon/2018/abebooks-ban-protest-antiquarian-book-dealers/ https://www.ilab.org/articles/london-book-fair-withdraws-abebooks-sponsorship-deal — Preceding unsigned comment added by DomDom57 (talkcontribs) 19:28, 6 November 2018 (UTC)