Worthy of note in any discussion of the sales channels for book printing company is the burgeoning second-hand or used book market. In 2006 22 per cent of adults bought books from a charity shop or other second-hand outlet. Oxfam has 100 specialist bookshops, alongside its sale of books in its other retail outlets. The internet has revolutionized the search and sale of second-hand books, Amazon sells second-hand copies through its Marketplace scheme and Abe Books lists over 100m new, used, rare, and out-of-print books from more than 13,500 booksellers. As John Sutherland comments, most purchased books (look at your shelves) are read once, if that. Particularly with classics, canny readers are buying used copies off the web. In the course of time, the web may well function like a 19th-century circulating library, giving books multiple leases of life.
Book printing company is concerned about the impact of second-hand sales on the sales of new books, and authors of course receive no royalties on sales past the initial purchase. Textbook book printing company has to issue new editions on a regular basis to counteract the attractions for students of buying second hand. There is also concern about the sale of used books described as being like new. These could be unwanted review copies or returns that have found their way into the second hand market. There are other channels for used books, including initiatives such as BookCrossing, which encourages readers to leave books in a public place to be picked up by others. Started in 2001 BookCrossing asks readers to tag a book before releasing it into the wild, enabling the books progress to be tracked.
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