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    Searching navigational books (was Re: Sumner lines)
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2001 Feb 21, 12:42 AM

    Sorry that Peter Smith missed out on the copy of Cotter's "A history of
    nautical astronomy", that had been available on ABE books. As he says, it
    may have been another list member that beat him to it.
    But it may not. There's a real problem when you chase up books on many
    websites such as ABE. Many volumes that have already been sold remain
    listed on the site for some time. Many, perhaps the majority, of books
    listed for sale are virtual books rather than real ones, existing in name
    only. If sellers do not remove their goods from the shop window when they
    have been sold (and many dealers are very slack about this) it subverts the
    whole intention of the website. It's a pity, because in other respects
    these sites provide a valuable service.
    If you submit the title as a "want", it will usually turn up in the end,
    but you may find that a canny seller, knowing that it's in demand, may
    boost his price accordingly.
    George Huxtable
    George Huxtable, 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    Tel. 01865 820222 or (int.) +44 1865 820222.

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