Price comparison in a digital storm

May 2, 2007

Something Twitterered, something new… Lots of interesting things come my way via other peoples’ Twitter streams, and this afternoon, via Tom Coates, I heard about Everything Is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger’s new book about “Digital Disorder” and “how we’re pulling ourselves together now that we’ve blown ourselves to bits.” Looks fascinating, and I’ll try and get my hands on a copy.

From the EIM blog, I imagine there will be some book-related stuff in there, not least that based on conversations about libraries and education and media literacy.

From a publisher’s point of view, the other neat thing I discovered was a website called, which compares book prices from various online sources – a prime example of weathering the digital storm. I’m sure it’s not new and there are others out there doing the same thing, but it’s pretty handy. It’s particularly interesting that Amazon Marketplace listings get the same weighting as regular Amazon listings. I believe services like Amazon Marketplace are going to overtake established, large retailers fairly soon, once technology like this makes their listings as – if not more – accessible than other channels. I also think it will be the death of the RRP – already under discussion at the UK’s Booksellers Association conference – but that’s a subject for another post…

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