Bookseller Waterstones? new cyberspace bookshop is bucking the retail trend against commerce on the Internet. The web-page, which enables customers to order books from a continuously updated database had been doing a roaring trade, since it opened three weeks ago. A Waterstones spokesperson said: ?The problem with Internet sales is that retailers are asking customers to change their buying habits. ?However we do not seem to have had this problem. People are certainly having no problem about buying books from us on the Internet.? She expected people to have some difficulty with conducting Internet transactions with a credit card because of security fears. ?But people seem to be happy to use a secure socket, using RC4 encryption to send these details to us,? she said. Currently more than 70,000 book titles and reviews are held in Waterstones? Sequel server database which is managed by Information Hyperlink, in London who have designed and administered the web page. The page uses a search engine based on authors, titles and subjects to identify a list of books that might be of interest. It then draws up an order form asking from address details and credit card numbers. Waterstones updates its database real-time from its Bath offices and plans to expand the site further as it upgrades its own network. When this upgrade is completed, the site will have access to books listed by publishers in the United States.
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