|Founded||1997 Emeryville, California|
|Key people||Kanth Gopalpur, CEO
Richard Hewitt, CFO
|Products||Used books, out-of-print books, rare books. Also features used or collectible games, music and movies (albums, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs)|
|Revenue||$49M (as of 3/31/04)|
|Owner(s)||Oak Hill Capital Partners|
|Employees||55 (as of 3/31/04)|
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.
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 100 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 games, music (albums, cassette tapes, and CDs) and movies (VHS or DVD).
Alibris lets a customer sell and buy at the same time. It charges a starting fee that varies based on what is being sold and what kind of commission is charged.
- "Alibris History". Alibris.com. Archived from the original on 8 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
- "Discover more than 3 million Google eBooks from your choice of booksellers and devices". Official blog. Google. December 6, 2010. Archived from the original on 7 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- Official website
- "Putting A Face on Faceless Venues: An Interview with Alibris' A.J. Kohn" by Catherine Petruccione
- SEC filings