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Monday, October 31, 2005

Used Copies?

I'm new to the publishing world, so I'm a little puzzled by the fact that within days of my book's release, you can order "used and new" copies of it.

Another novelty to this rookie author is Amazon's Suprise Me link, which generates a non-printable image of a random page. Could one, theoretically, and with great confusion, nonetheless read the entire book like this, page by page?

1 Comments:

  • At 9:19 AM, Blogger Bob said…

    Congrats on the book Nathan! I think that makes you our high school class' first book author...

    The "used and new" copies are simple economics--namely that some people will only buy used, and others CAN only buy used, so it makes sense to offer a copy at a price they are willing to buy at (like why college tuition varies with students' ability to pay).

    The alternative "new" copies, of course, are just those from sellers other than Amazon.

    And if Amazon's "Surprise Me" link works at all like Google Print, there will always be a maximum % of the book that is viewable--no one can read the entire thing online.

     

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