AbeBooks is an
online marketplace for books. Most books listed are used, many
are rare or out-of-print, and a growing number are
new books. The company is
based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with an office in Düsseldorf,
Germany. It was incorporated in 1995 and launched its websites in 1996. At
present, they list more than 140 million
books on sale from thousands of
booksellers in more than 50 countries.
AbeBooks offers six regional websites: for North America, France,
Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain.
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 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 offers
more than 70 million books from a network of over 10,000 booksellers in 65
Amazon.com, Inc. is an American multinational electronic commerce company with
headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the world's largest
online retailer. The company also produces consumer electronics—notably the
Amazon Kindle e-book reader and the Kindle Fire tablet computer—and is a major
provider of cloud computing services.
Amazon has separate retail websites for the following countries: United States,
Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and China, with
international shipping to certain other countries for some of its products. It
is also expected to launch its websites in Poland, Brazil, Netherlands and
Amazon.com started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs,
CDs, MP3 downloads, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture,
food, toys, and jewelry.
The Americana Exchange (or “AE”) is a website for the buying, selling and
collecting of rare and antiquarian books. It was founded in 2002 in San
Francisco by rare book collector Bruce McKinney with the aim of offering hard to
find information about book collecting to the public. From a start of providing
a subscription database of bibliographic records, the company now offers many
related services, mostly at no charge. The company at first specialized in the
Americana book field, but quickly expanded to all types of antiquarian and rare
Angus & Robertson
Angus & Robertson commenced business as a
bookseller, and later a publisher -
the latter contributing substantially to the promotion and development of
Australian literature. This well known Australian brand currently exists in a
much reduced form solely as an
online book retailer owned by Pearson plc. The
Angus & Robertson imprint is still occasionally seen in books published by
Atomic Mall is a multi-seller online marketplace based in Yakima, Washington. It
was launched in July 2008 by founder Mike Shannon,who had previously worked as
an independent software publisher and distributor, and had developed and
operated private ecommerce sites in the retail sector. As of June 2010,
Atomicmall.com hosts over 45,000 established members, roughly 1/4 million active
product listings, and nearly 8.4 million total items for sale with an aggregate
market value approaching a quarter billion dollars.
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the largest book retailer in the United States,
operating mainly through its Barnes & Noble Booksellers chain of bookstores
headquartered at 122 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District in Manhattan in New
York City. Barnes & Noble also operated the chain of small B. Dalton Booksellers
stores in malls until they announced the liquidation of the chain. The company
is known for large, upscale retail outlets, many of which contain a café serving
Starbucks Coffee, and for competitive discounting of bestsellers. Most stores
also sell magazines, newspapers, DVDs, graphic novels, gifts, games, and music.
Video games and related items were sold in the company's GameStop retail outlets
until October 2004, when the division was spun off into an independent company.
Barnes & Noble is also known for selling the Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as
various incarnations of its mascot, a teddy bear named "Barnsie".
The company operates 705 stores (as of April 30, 2011) in all 50 U.S. states and
the District of Columbia in addition to 636 college bookstores that serve more
than 4.6 million students and faculty members across the country.
Better World Books
Better World Books is an American on-line bookseller. Described as a for-profit
social enterprise or social business venture, Better World Books claim they
measure success through a triple bottom line, considering economic,
environmental and social factors. They are a founding B corporation, aiming to
"create benefit all stakeholders, not just shareholders." The Better World Books
mission statement is “to capitalize on the value of the book to fund and support
literacy initiatives locally, nationally, and around the world.” They raise
funding for over 80 non-profit literacy programs.
They have re-used or recycled over 87 million books and raised over US$12
million for literacy (over US$5 million for non-profit literacy programs and
over US$3.6 million for libraries) and over US$1.8 million for student groups.
Better World Books partners with over 1,800 college campuses and with over 3,400
library systems in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Ireland.
Biblio.com is the third largest
used book marketplaces in the US. Established in
2003 in Asheville, NC, Biblio.com has grown to become one of the largest global
book marketplaces, with over 50 million
books for sale from over 5,000
booksellers in countries around the world.
BiblioPage.com is an Amazon.com affiliate site with a database of books gathered
from libraries across the world using the NISO z39.50 protocol for accessing
bibliographic databases. BiblioPage.com uses the YAZ toolkit from IndexData to
access and manipulate bibliographic information.
The main idea behind BiblioPage.com is that libraries choose the best selection
of books. Therefore by suggesting titles that libraries have purchased the
consumer is choosing only among the most relevant titles.
BiblioQuest International is a specialist search service for books, primarily
used books and rare or out-of-print titles. The company is based in Bowral, New
South Wales Australia and is registered with the Australian Securities and
BibliOZ.com The Book Search Wizard is an online portal for locating and
purchasing out of print, used, rare and collectible books.
The website is owned by BiblioQuest International Pty Ltd, an Australian-based
company that has offered specialist booksearch services since 1994, prior to the
growth of online bookstores such as Amazon. The company also provides a
telephone and mail-order booksearch service.
Blackwell UK, also known as Blackwell's and Blackwell Group, is a British
academic book retailer and library supply service originally founded in 1879 by
Benjamin Henry Blackwell, after whom the chain is named. Based in Oxford, the
original Broad Street branch is now part of a larger chain of 45 shops, as well
as an accounts and library supply service, employing around 1000 staff across
The Book Depository
The Book Depository (Guernsey) is the UK's largest dedicated online bookseller,
offering the largest range of titles in the world, available for dispatch within
48 hours. Founded in 2004 to make 'All Books available to All' we focus on
selling 'less of more' rather than 'more of less', differentiating ourselves
from other retailers who increasingly focus on bestsellers.
The Book People
The Book People is an independent British-based direct bookseller that reaches
customers through a network of distributors, ecommerce websites and mail order
catalogues. The company was established in 1988 by Ted Smart in Godalming,
Surrey and now also has offices in Haydock, Merseyside and a warehouse and
customer services centre in Bangor, North Wales. Since its formation, the Book
People has acquired numerous other brands in the book sales industry, such as
Red House, Puffin Book Club and Index Books, as well as managing book offers for
national newspapers and providing third-party fulfilment for other branded
Chapters is a Canadian big box bookstore banner owned by Indigo Books and Music.
Formerly a company in its own right competing with Indigo, the combined company
has continued to operate both banners since their merger in 2001.
Cheap-Textbooks.com is a web site that collects and displays textbook prices.
The site collects new, used, rental and international version prices from over
30 textbook sellers. The initial search tool was created by Robert Jones in 1999
when he was a student at the University of California Berkeley. It was created
as a personal tool to quickly compare textbook prices between online book
sellers. The initial price lookup tool was a desktop widget but was put online
as a web tool at the urging of fellow students.
Christian Book Distributors
Christian Book Distributors (CBD) is the world's largest Christian catalog and
internet retailer (christianbook.com), sending out over 65 mailings of unique
catalogs to millions of customers each year and providing online access to over
300,000 books, Bibles, DVDs, CDs, gifts, toys, games, and more.
eCRATER is a free online marketplace and an ecommerce website builder based in
Irvine, California. It was launched in the early fall of 2004 by Dimitar Slavov.
By October 2008, it reached 1,500,000 items for sale in the marketplace and, as
of January 2009, eCRATER has 65,242 active stores, and 95,773 stores have been
created since its launch.
Flipkart is an Indian e-commerce company headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka.
It was founded by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal in 2007. In its initial years,
Flipkart focused on online sales of books but it later expanded to electronic
goods and a variety of other products. Flipkart offers multiple payment methods
like credit card, debit card, net banking, e-gift voucher, and Cash on Delivery.
Half.com is a subsidiary of eBay, in which sellers offer items at fixed prices,
usually items that have a UPC, ISBN or other kind of SKU, rather than rare, old
or collectible items. The items available on half.com are limited to books,
textbooks, music, movies, video games, and video game consoles.
Homestead Book Company
Homestead Book Company is a publisher and wholesale distributor of books,
magazines, videos, games, and novelty items. Founded in 1972, the organization
is located in Seattle, Washington. They specialize in counter-cultural books and
currently distribute over 3,000 titles to retailers as well as their own
Indiatimes Shopping is the ecommerce division of the The Times Group, India's
largest media conglomerate. It is one of the pioneers electronic commerce in
India and services its customers through various channels including online,
selling over phone and also selling in bulk through B2B channel. It also
provides platform services for brands to go online and sell their wares in
partnership through its White-label product. Some of the major categories sold
through Indiatimes Shopping include Mobile phones and other Consumer
electronics, Books, Apparels & Accessories, Jewellery, Music, Movies, Games,
Baby Products etc. Indiatimes Shopping operates through a mix of warehousing,
drop-shipment and pure marketplace models.
John K. King Books
John K. King Used & Rare Books is an independent bookseller in Michigan.
The store has an estimated 1 million books in stock, with a large collection of
rare and used titles. In a 2011 article from the online magazine Salon, the
store was described as "one of the largest and strangest collections in North
The store has four above-ground floors and a basement open to customers. An
adjacent building has a collection of rarer and notable items available for
viewing by appointment only.
Junglee.com is an online shopping service by Amazon.com and was launched in Feb
2012. At the time of launch, Junglee.com had more than 11 million in-stock
offers from 400+ online sellers and 2000 brands across media, consumer
electronics, apparel and other categories.
Junglee.com provides customers with tools to quickly find products and compare
prices from sellers both online and offline. Customers can compare prices based
on dimensions of popularity, relevance, total price (including shipping) and
customer reviews. In it's current release, customers cannot purchase items
directly on Junglee.com. Instead, customers are redirected to seller sites to
complete their purchase.
Kobo Inc. is the company that makes the Kobo eReader, and its headquarters is in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
eBooks as well as newspapers and magazines can be downloaded directly from the
Kobo website as well as formerly from the Borders eBook Store. Users could
transfer their Borders eBooks to their Kobo library following the closure of
Neelwafurat.com (Arabic نيل و فرات.كوم) is an Internet e-commerce website,
similar to amazon.com, which serves primarily the Middle East and Arab World.
The company sells books, magazines, films and software. It was founded and
launched in 1998, and was part of a large boom in Arab World use of e-commerce.
The name Neelwafurat is a term referring to the Nile and Euphrates rivers (neel
means "Nile", "wa" is a phonetic spelling of a the specific letter waw, and
furat means "Euphrates"). This is a reference to the Amazon.com connection with
the Amazon River.
Powell's Books is a chain of bookstores in Portland, Oregon and its surrounding
metropolitan area. Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books, claims
to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Powell's City
of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown and occupies a
full city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W. Burnside and NW
Couch Streets. It contains over 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2), about 1.6 acres
of retail floor space.
The inventory for its retail and online sales is over four million new, used,
rare and out-of-print books. Powell's buys around 3000 used books a day.
Satvik Shop is an online community and shopping website dedicated to organic and
ayurvedic products. The website is part of the online portfolio of The Times
Group and was launched in August 2012.
The Strand Bookstore is an independent bookstore located at 828 Broadway at the
corner of East 12th St) in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York
City, near Union Square. The Strand advertises that it has "18 Miles of Books",
and is well-known among New Yorkers for its collection of publishers' overstock,
used, rare, and out-of-print books, as well as the chaos on and around its
shelves. The store houses the city's largest collection of rare books, and is
also a contender for the title of world's largest used bookstore, its major
competitor in this regard being Powell's Books of Portland, Oregon. The Strand
occupies 55,000 square feet of space while Powell's flagship Burnside location
has over 68,000.
SwoopThat.com is an online textbook price comparison service. Based in San
Diego, California, it specializes in college textbooks but includes high school
textbooks as well. The company's books by course search engine lets students
input their class schedules, see all the required textbooks for those schedules,
and find the cheapest online sources of those books. The search engine also
includes a textbook exchange feature through which students can buy and sell
books from other students. The website also includes a textbook buyback platform
through which students can sell their textbooks back to online vendors.
SwoopThat has been featured in the New York Times, on the website of the Today
Show, on the website of Computerworld magazine, and the weblog lifehacker.com.
VDM Publishing is a German publishing group based in Saarbrücken, Germany, with
offices in Argentina, Latvia, Mauritius and Moldova. Submissions are neither
peer reviewed nor edited. Its book production is based on print on demand
W H Smith
WHSmith plc (LSE: SMWH) (known colloquially as Smith's) is a British retailer,
headquartered in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. It is best known for its chain of
high street, railway station, airport, hospital and motorway service station
shops selling books, stationery, magazines, newspapers, and entertainment
products. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the
FTSE 250 Index. It has been innovative over the course of its history, being the
first chain store company in the world and was responsible for the creation of
the ISBN book catalogue system.
Waterstones, formerly Waterstone's, is a British book retailer that operates 296
stores and employs around 4,500 staff in the UK and Europe as of January 2012.
Yellowleg.com is an Indian electronic commerce company headquartered in
Bangalore, India. It is an online bookstore that specializes in offering a
curated selection of travel books. Yellowleg.com also lets users return the
books they buy for in-store credit.
zarsara.com, Inc. is a IR-based multinational electronic commerce company.
Headquartered in Tehran, it is often called the Iranian's largest online
retailer. zarsara has websites and delivery for the following countries: Iran,
and India may follow. It also Uses local shipping to certain countries for some
of its products.
Payman Tatar founded zarsara.com, Inc. in 2008 and the site went online in 2010.
Payman Tatar: the founder of zarSara.com, The zarsara Publishing Group. See
zarsara.com started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs,
CDs, MP3 downloads, computer software, video games, electronics and toys.