Better World Books and Alibris Report Wildly Successful Partnership Out of the Gate
First six months exceed all expectations, generate $1.5 million in sales
EMERYVILLE, CA—January 26, 2010—Better World Books announces today that its recent partnership with Alibris, the largest independently owned and operated marketplace for sellers of new and used books, has already generated over $1.5 million in book sales for Alibris's independent sellers of new and used books. The success, the result of just six months of collaboration, far exceeds projections.
"Alibris' primary objective is generating and increasing sales for our independent sellers worldwide," said Brian Elliott, president and CEO of Alibris. "By partnering with Better World Books, we knew we could bring the used books that are listed for sale by our sellers to many more eager shoppers, but we never anticipated this level of success in such a short period."
The Alibris marketplace features more than 100 million items and specializes in new, out-of-print, rare, hard-to-find, and used books. The partnership makes Alibris' extensive inventory available through the BetterWorldBooks.com website, offering more used books to a wider group of consumers than ever before. Better World Books, a for-profit venture, collects and sells new and used books online, donating a percentage of each sale to help fund literacy initiatives worldwide.
"The recent collaboration with Better World Books has significantly impacted the number of books we've been able to sell through Alibris," said Ana Arduz of Supertextbook Online, an Alibris seller. "By tapping Better World's well-established and user-friendly platform, we've been able to successfully attract new customers in huge numbers. We look forward to continuing to reap the rewards generated from this partnership."
Alibris' new, out-of-print, and used books, combined with the three million books available in Better World's Mishawaka, Indiana warehouse, form a comprehensive catalog of books to suit a full spectrum of needs. All books purchased on the Better World Books website-including those from Alibris' booksellers-help to fund high-impact literacy programs in the USA and around the world, such as Books for Africa and the National Center for Family Literacy.
"Alibris is well-known and respected throughout the used book industry, and we're really pleased with the results of this fruitful new collaboration," said David Murphy, CEO of Better World Books. "Together we've helped so many booklovers and booksellers come together and offer an even farther-reaching exchange of used books."
Alibris is the premiere online destination for new and used books, music items, and movies, as well as rare and out-of-print titles. We connect people who love books, music, and movies to the best independent sellers from 45 countries around the world. Our proprietary technology and advanced logistics allow us to offer more than 100 million used, new, and out-of-print titles to consumers, libraries, and retailers, which include Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Blackwell U.K., Books-A-Million, Borders, Chapters Indigo, and Half.com. Founded in 1998 and acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners in 2006, Alibris was named a "Fast 50" and a "Technology Fast 500" growth business by Deloitte in 2005. Alibris is a registered trademark. Read more about us.
About Better World Books
Better World Books (www.BetterWorldBooks.com) is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. With more than three million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders. Better World Books diverts books from landfills by conducting book drives on 1,800 college campuses, and by collecting discards from over 1,800 libraries nationwide. Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company has raised over $7 million for its non-profit literacy, library and college partners; donated over 1.3 million college textbooks; diverted more than 25 million pounds of books from landfills; achieved over 9,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping, and created more than 200 full-time jobs with meaningful benefits.