Hunting new books, publishers haunted by used ones

Another Reuters Report on that study on used books that revealed that sales last year topped $2.2 billion in the United States — an 11 percent gain from 2003 — and represented 8.4 percent of total consumer spending on books.
The ease of selling online is transforming the used book trade from boxes full of tatty, dog-eared paperbacks to a cyber market where unblemished hardcover volumes are hawked just days after they have hit the bookstores.