Personally, I’d miss the searches through dusty back rooms

In a move that will revolutionize antiquarian book sales, Amazon has acquired the rights to the British Library’s back catalogue, which “includes 1.7 million produced before the introduction in 1970 of the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), a 10-character code that uniquely identifies any modern book.” As with other rare and out-of-print books, each title will appear on a unique Amazon page, where “sellers can post details of the copies that they have available and their prices.” (Via Boing Boing.)


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