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|Headquarters||Asheville, North Carolina|
|Key people||Brendan Sherar, CEO|
Allen Singleton, COO
Stephen Bakes, Director of Operations
|Products||Mainly used books, out-of-print books, rare books.|
|Employees||10 (as of 10/23/07)|
Biblio.com is an online marketplace for booksellers specializing in rare and out-of-print titles.
Biblio, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, started as a metasearch engine in 2000, where potential book buyers could initiate a web search in one place that would return results from a variety of major booksellers. In early 2003, the company shifted focus to concentrate on providing a consolidated search service and e-commerce tools for mostly independent bookstores and booksellers. Later that year it became involved with a community library building project in rural Bolivia, which eventually led to the establishment in 2005 of Biblioworks.org, a non-profit organization that seeks to foster similar community library projects and promote literacy in "communities in need" through the donation of books, supplies, and funding.
Booksellers upload book lists along with prices and descriptions of items. Successful searches on the site bring up results from sellers' inventories. On completed sales, member booksellers pay a percentage of the sale price to the firm. Certain sellers are also charged a monthly fee. The site can collect charge card payment via the web. Many sellers who list stock on Biblio also have their material simultaneously on competitor's sites such as abebooks.com or alibris.com.
In October 2007, Biblio announced that it had become the first online book marketplace to offer carbon free shipping through its ecosend program, purchasing carbon offsets for the shipment of every book sold through its site. Biblio announced in June 2008 that it had partnered with Bibliopolis to become the exclusive distributor of the popular BookHound inventory software for bookstores. Biblio announced a new partnership with Bibliopolis and ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America in April 2009 to provide an e-commerce site exclusively for its membership. The following month, Biblio launched Biblio.co.uk, an e-commerce site dedicated to second hand and antiquarian books in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.
- Biblio.com home page
- Biblio.co.uk home page
- BiblioWorks Home Page
- BookHound Home Page
- for.theloveofbooks.com - Company Blog