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As reported today in Antiques Trade Gazette, The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) has scrapped its sponsorship deal with Amazon-owned AbeBooks

Now more than 300 booksellers across 24 countries have launched a temporary boycott of the site for a week starting today. Many of the book dealers have supported the protest on social media using the hashtag #bannedbooksellersweek.

AbeBooks announced it has pulled out of Czech Republic, Hungary, South Korea and Russia  countries with national associations that are members of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).

An AbeBooks spokesman said: “We sincerely regret having to take this action but it is no longer viable for us to operate in these countries due to increasing costs and complexities.

“We continue to support sellers in all other 18 of the 22 countries with national associations that are members of ILAB.”

AbeBooks, launched in 1996 in British Columbia, Canada, and bought by Amazon in 2008, is the most influential online trading site for out-of-print books.