Image on International League of Antiquarian Booksellers site at end of protest. (ILAB Image)
A strike by international rare book dealers to withhold their books from Amazon-owned AbeBooks is over, after the organization that represents the booksellers said AbeBooks has reversed a decision to withdraw from four countries.
On Monday, hundreds of booksellers from around the world pulled their inventory from AbeBooks, putting themselves ‘on vacation,’ which suspended their sales on the book-selling platform. At issue, said the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, was an announcement sent to booksellers based in Hungary, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Russia saying AbeBooks would close their accounts as of Nov. 30 and completely withdraw from those markets.
Within days, the “flash strike” was over. On Thursday, ILAB said it had reached an agreement with AbeBooks to reinstate the affected booksellers, letting them operate with AbeBooks as they do now until Dec. 31, after which AbeBooks would offer a solution to let them continue on the platform indefinitely.
AbeBooks had earlier issued a statement to try and explain why it was pulling out of the four countries. “We sincerely regret having to take this action but it is no longer viable for us to operate …read more