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Juxtabook

Amazon's catalogue is often wrong so there is a button with 'update product info' on it somewhere in the book listing. If you click on this you can usefully correct hardback to paperback, amend the title, or whatever needs doing. Like many booksellers I do this several times a week as I upload and realise there are catalogue problems. However, it can also be used for vandalism, and that has been happening a lot recently. Even Amazon don't think this is Blyton's work!

Most people don't realise (and why should they) that Amazon works differently to most used book sites (because of course it didn't start with used books). On most used book sites like Abebooks, ibooknet, Biblio etc the book dealer creates their own catalogue from the books in front of them and uploads it to the site. Biblio, or Abe, then display the booklisting exactly as the bookseller created it. On Amazon when you upload your catalogue it is 'matched', or mismatched, with Amazon's exisitng error prone catalogue. Unmatched books can have pages created for them hence the endless duplication of closely related impressions of the same title. I think your Blyton vandal might be fed up with lots of duplications happening, and is using sarcasm to highlight the problem.

Cornflower

Ah, how interesting, Juxtabook. Thankyou!

Lisa

I've just read Juxtabook's comment. I didn't realize that Amazon was able to be edited by anyone. That's kind of scary! The first thing I thought when I saw this was that Blyton did an introduction for this particular edition. Hmmm...very interesting.

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