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  • They might end up in the Library Store or the annual friends sale, but another possibility is that they become the property of a 'megalister' who lists the book for sale, sometimes even without actually possessing them.

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  • In this online world, the megalister makes a little profit; the Burroughs fan gets a cheap book.



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  • NYT via Book Patrol: 'To small sellers like Joe Orlando of Fenwick Street Used Books and Music in Leonardtown, Md., megalisters treat books as “simply a widget that they can make a few bucks on.�? The megalisters — a name originally intended as a term of abuse but now accepted by the accused — don’t quite disagree. “What we’re trying to do is provide cheap books for everybody,�? said G. Seth Beal, the president and chief operating officer of Thrift Books, which lists three million books and has 180 employees. Beal says he personally loves handling and collecting old volumes, but his business model is based on achieving economies of scale through automation.'

    September 14, 2008