book·​sell·​er | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌse-lər How to pronounce bookseller (audio) \

Definition of bookseller

: one that sells books especially : the proprietor of a bookstore

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bookselling \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌse-​liŋ How to pronounce bookselling (audio) \ noun

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Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound. Chris Triunfo,, "Local bestsellers for the week ending 8/25," 29 Aug. 2019 Opposition to the bill slowly mounted, starting with a march of 12,000 people on March 31, led by Lam Wing-kee, a bookseller who says he was kidnapped from Hong Kong by mainland Chinese agents in 2015, after selling tomes critical of Beijing. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Why pro-democracy troublemaker Jimmy Lai is the only Hong Kong multi-millionaire standing up to China," 27 Aug. 2019 For years the company that Jeff Bezos founded in 1994 as an online bookseller was a fearsome e-commerce competitor that either lost money altogether or eked out tiny margins. Fortune, "," 1 July 2019 Billy Li, a representative for the Progressive Lawyers Group, which promotes democracy and the rule of law in Hong Kong, compared the situation to the case of local booksellers who vanished several years ago. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Going From Hong Kong to Mainland China? Your Phone Is Subject to Search," 15 Aug. 2019 Note that Hong Kong booksellers who offered books banned in China have disappeared, and that pro-democracy activists have been jailed, and that all pro-democracy candidates running for office have been disqualified. Kristina Olney, National Review, "America Must Prevent Another Tiananmen Square and Stand for a Free Hong Kong," 12 Aug. 2019 Print-book data providers include all major booksellers, web retailers and food stores. WSJ, "Best-Selling Books Week Ended July 6," 11 July 2019 The detention of several Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015 intensified worries about the erosion of Hong Kong's rule of law. Fox News, "Hundreds protest outside Hong Kong government headquarters before debate on extradition law," 12 June 2019 More than 125,000 people have signed a petition that pressured booksellers to drop her books, according to Variety. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Central Park 5 prosecutor loses book deal following fallout from Netflix miniseries," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of bookseller

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bookseller

: a person or company that sells books

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