AbeLibrary closing down -- boohoo for libraries!


An Anonymous Patron writes "Departing Ross Viner, account manager of book finder AbeLibrary (www.abelibrary.com,) sent out e-mails (text at abebooks.com) to customers today announcing that effective August 26th, the AbeLibrary site is closing down. Customers who hold accounts at affiliated AbeBooks (www.abebooks.com) will be automatically transferred over. But will we use it?

AbeBooks is cheaper per-item, but I can't believe that librarians prefer to avoid service charges, only to give up the convenience of being invoiced and making one payment only!

At AbeBooks, you have to use a credit card, or perhaps PayPal or check, depending on what the individual booksellers accept. Which means multiple payments per order. What a drag.

What gives here? Not enough library sales, or perhaps a competitor is taking the business? If so, please write in with the name/URL!"