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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 15 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1359
  1. Jeff Aronson, clinical reader in clinical pharmacology
  1. Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford

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 (

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 (, Waterstones (, and Barnes and Noble ( Some are just famous for being on the internet, such …

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