Medicine and the media
- By: Jeff Aronson
The book market in Britain is worth over £3bn, so it is not surprising that outlets have now invaded the web - a sort of internet book agreement, you might say. It started, I suppose, when second hand book dealers began putting their catalogues on the web, since when I have been tracking down items that I had been desultorily seeking for years. Particularly fruitful is the union catalogue run by Bibliofind (www.bibliofind.com).
So why not new books too? Of all transactions currently carried out via the internet, about 23\% are book purchases. The outlets include well known booksellers such as Dillons (www.dillons.co.uk), Waterstones (www.waterstones.co.uk), and Barnes and Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com). Some are just famous for being on the internet, such as Amazon (US and UK versions; www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk) and IBS (the Internet Bookshop; www.bookshop.co.uk), now known as WHSmith Online. Others specialise in medical books - MedScape (www.medbookstore.com) and, of course,