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Alibris Lowers Used Textbook Prices by Opening Seller Program for College Students

Alibris expands its presence in the used textbooks market by encouraging college students to both buy and sell their textbooks

EMERYVILLE, CA—August 23, 2007— Alibris, the premiere online destination for new and used books, announced today that it has expanded its selection of new and used textbooks by enlisting college students as new Alibris sellers, as well as thousands of professional sellers. Now Alibris, which offers more than 75 million books for sale and maintains one of the top used-textbook destinations on the Internet, not only helps students to save up to 90 percent off used textbook prices at the start of the school year but also makes it easy for students to sell their used textbooks at the semester’s end.

"I am gratified that college students are using Alibris to save money when buying textbooks and to earn money when reselling them,” said Marty Manley, Chairman and CEO of Alibris.

The increased availability of textbooks and other college- related used books benefits students as well as their parents and professors. Students traditionally save money at Alibris by avoiding higher college-bookstore prices, and now they find additional value by selling their used textbooks at prices that beat those offered at their campus store.

This greatly benefits parents’ pocketbooks—up to hundreds of saved dollars each year. And the influx of academic titles helps instructors who are interested in giving their students a wide range of low-cost book-buying options, especially when campus bookstores are sold out of required textbooks, literature, reference guide, and other college book necessities. Instructors find a vast selection ranging from math, science, and technology textbooks to books on literature, history, politics, and religion.

Students and Alibris are doing their part to help the environment and to alleviate growing concerns about global warming. Resold used books are kept out of landfills and reduce the environmental impact of the disposal of paper and ink, as well as the pollution from transportation.

Students who visit learn that becoming an Alibris seller is a quick and profitable way to pass on their books to other students. They discover that the considerable expertise and resources of the online retailer are available to help them succeed. They gain extra cash from their sold books, and they discover that their odds of selling increase because any item they list for sale on Alibris can also be available through Alibris business partners, which include Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Borders, and Canada’s Chapters/ Indigo. Alibris also has helped over a thousand sellers manage their business on

Alibris offers the following benefits to independent sellers, including student sellers:

  • Access to millions of buyers from around the globe
  • Free and easy use of software and tools to help sell books online:
    • Inventory management tools for listing books that match Alibris’s catalog of more than 10 million titles
    • Pricing tools to ensure that books are competitively priced—and stay that way
    • Integrated, easy-to-use Seller Hub for managing orders, packslips, payments, and inventory across over a dozen different channels
    • International shipping services
  • Low risk
    • Fees are tied to sales after an initial subscription charge
    • Dedicated client services help new sellers get started and grow their sales

Signing up as an Alibris seller is a quick and profitable way for students to pass on their books to other value-minded students, which helps to reduce education expenses that are ever on the rise.

About Alibris
Alibris is the premiere online destination for new and used books, as well as rare and out-of-print books. 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 70 million used, new, and out-of-print books to consumers, libraries, and retailers, which include, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Borders, and Chapters/Indigo. 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.

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