is the commercial trading of books
which is the retail
and distribution end of the publishing
process. People who engage in bookselling are called booksellers
, or bookwomen
. The founding of libraries in c.300 BC stimulated the energies of the Athenian
, toward the end of the republic
, it became the fashion to have a library, and Roman booksellers carried on a flourishing trade.
Haygood's Book Store in Macon, Georgia, circa 1880s
The spread of Christianity
naturally created a great demand for copies of the Gospels
, other sacred books, and later on for missals and other devotional volumes for both church and private use.
The modern system of bookselling dates from soon after the introduction of printing
. In the course of the 16th and 17th centuries the Low Countries for a time became the chief centre of the bookselling world. Modern book selling has changed dramatically with the advent of the Internet. Major websites such as Amazon
, and other big book distributors
offer affiliate programs
and dominate book sales.
Another common type of bookstore is the used bookstore
or second-hand bookshop
which buys and sells used
and out-of-print books
in a variety of conditions
A range of titles are available in used bookstores, including in print and out of print books. Book collectors
tend to frequent used book stores. Large online bookstores offer used books for sale, too. Individuals wishing to sell their used books using online bookstores agree to terms outlined by the bookstore(s): for example, paying the online bookstore(s) a predetermined commission once the books have sold. In Paris
, the Bouquinistes
are antiquarian and used booksellers who have had outdoor stalls and boxes along both sides of the Seine
for hundreds of years, regulated by law since the 1850s and contributing to the scenic ambience of the city.
Notes and references
- ^ Dix, T. Keith (1994). ""Public Libraries" in Ancient Rome: Ideology and Reality". Libraries & Culture. University of Texas Press. 29 (3): 282–296. JSTOR 25542662.
- ^ Kenyon, Frederic G. (1 October 2011). Our Bible and the Ancient Manuscripts. Wipf and Stock Publishers. p. 101. ISBN 9781610977562.
- ^ Brown, Richard & Brett, Stanley. The London Bookshop. Pinner, Middlesex: Private Libraries Association, 1977 ISBN 0-900002-23-9
- ^ Chambers, David. English Country Bookshops. Pinner, Middlesex: Private Libraries Association, 2010 ISBN 978-0-900002-18-2
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