chains report another quarter loss.
used book sales up over 11%.
interesting that this is close to the decline figure of 12% for mass market fiction.
i also find it interesting that in all of the articles i've read about the massive increase in used books sales, no one ever mentions the proliferation of online swap clubs.
years ago, i put this dedication in a book: special thanks to everyone who bought this book new.
i got hate mail. angry readers said they would never read another one of my books because of that dedication.
i have nothing against used bookstores. i love used bookstores. i have friends who own used bookstores, but i wish there were some way to control new book sales. i wish they couldn't be sold used for a year. i wish amazon wouldn't sell used books right next to the new ones. and i really wish they wouldn't sell used books BEFORE the new book is even released. 10 - 15 years ago, publishers should have united to tackle this problem. now it could be too late.