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Are Sales of Used Books Threatening Authors and Publishers?

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With Michael D. Smith, co-author of an important paper examining whether online sales of used books cannibalize sales of new books

Mike and his co-authors were written up in The New York Times on July 28, 2005. The story is called “Reading Between the Lines of Used Book Sales.”

Michael D. Smith

Mike and his co-authors attempted to determine whether online sales of used books are cannibalizing sales of new books. His findings may surprise you. Hear Mike explain:

  • Whether used books actually threaten authors and publishers
  • How increased product variety is changing the face of bookselling and publishing, and which kinds of authors might win and lose as a result
  • What’s happening to book prices and why, and the surprising effect on publishers and authors
  • How new developments are presenting exciting new opportunities for authors…and strengthening their bargaining position with publishers

Mike is co-author of “Internet Exchanges for Used Books: An Empirical Analysis of Welfare Implications and Policy Issues.” He is Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Marketing at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. He specializes in electronic markets and peer-to-peer networks.

Interviewee: Michael D. Smith
Host: Paula B
Date: July 26, 2005
Running time: 29 minutes
File size: 11 megabytes
Rating: G
Michael D. Smith’s Web site: http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/~mds/

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