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Re: Amazon/B&N vs Independent Bookstores

I am a firm advocate of independent book stores and have spent many happy
hours cruising their stacks and purchasing books from them.

I am also a publisher.  And an author.

Barnes & Noble offers my book, _Manuscript Inks_ at twice the normal
retail cost.  According to what I can determine from their data they
purchase a copy of my book from a dealer in Delaware who purchased
multiple copies from me at a discount.

I also sell titles to Amazon.com.  Not *through* Amazon.com.  They pay
full retail price bacause there is no discount for individual titles, sold

University Products no longer carries my videotapes about book conservation
techniques (they did not sell enough copies/title to pay for the color
printing of the page in their catalog), but when they did offer those
titles they
received them from me at a 40% discount; they then offered them in their
catalog at approx. 3X my retail charge.

Institutions prefer to pay University Products a very high multiple of the
actual cost of a product (book/videotape/Mylar/etc.) just for the privilege
of not having to fill out another piece of paperwork.

Just a thought.


Jack C. Thompson
Thompson Conservation Laboratory
7549 N. Fenwick
Portland, OR  97217

503/735-3942  (voice/fax)


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