Thank you for the international perspective on the way consumers are turning to the convenience of the Web ("E-shop till you drop," European Business, Feb. 9). I have purchased PC software, music CDs, and books this way and find it a great way to get around the problems of being an expatriate American living in rural Japan.

Your article states that "because wholesale book prices in Britain are higher than in the U.S., online shoppers often get a better deal from Amazon.com than from the Internet Bookshop (iBS) in Cambridge, Europe's biggest online bookstore."

But here's a good reason why shoppers--even in the U.S.--might want to visit iBS: With one-quarter of the U.S. population, Britain publishes annually almost twice as many titles.

Charles Jannuzi

Fukui-shi, Japan

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