Alibris is an online
store that sells new books, used books, out-of-print books, rare books,
and other media through an online network of independent booksellers.
Booksellers list their inventories on Alibris which in turn offers the
books on its retail website, a separate library services site, and
business-to-business partners such as Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million,
and Chapters Indigo. It also offers services in the UK with the
Waterstones market place. It offers more than 150 million books from a
network of over 15,000 booksellers in 65 countries.
Most sales made through Alibris are fulfilled by the bookseller directly
to the end customer. Sales to libraries or other institutions or books
needing transoceanic shipping are consolidated in a distribution center
in Sparks, Nevada. Alibris also has a similar network for music (albums,
cassette tapes, and CDs) and movies (VHS or DVD).
Alibris allows customers to buy and sell at the same time. Alibris
charges a starting fee that varies based on what is being sold and what
kind of commission is charged.
Alibris was a charter member of the Google eBooks service when it was
announced by Google on December 6, 2010.
In 2014, Alibris began posting book recommendations, news and more on
The Alibris Blog to keep their customers and community updated.
Alibris was founded in 1997 by Martin Manley and
incorporated in 1998. It grew out of Interloc, an online company founded
by antiquarian bookseller Richard Weatherford in 1994. Interloc was
one of the earliest successful efforts to centralize used book data
online. It remained a private network until 1996, when the company
launched its website. The company was backed by venture capital until
2006, when it was purchased by Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private
equity firm. In February 2010 Oak Hill Capital Partners bought Monsoon
and merged it with Alibris with Monsoon Commerce owning Alibris. As
of February 2017, Alibris is now owned by AM Holding Inc. (formerly
Monsoon Commerce Inc.)