Alibris Creates Global Online Marketplace for Borders.com
The new Borders Marketplace, powered by Alibris, gives customers access to more than 75 million used and out-of-print books, music, and movies
EMERYVILLE, CA—May 28, 2008—Alibris (www.alibris.com), the premier marketplace for sellers of new, used, and out-of-print books, music items, and movies today announced it has created Borders Marketplace, a special section of the newly launched Borders.com site that gives customers access to more than 75 million used and out-of-print titles. The items are offered for sale by Alibris sellers, a rapidly growing community of more than 12,000 members.
Borders Marketplace is accessible on Borders.com under the Used Books tab. Borders Marketplace will also be accessible via computer kiosks in Borders superstores after the nationwide in-store rollout of Borders.com is completed in the coming weeks.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with Alibris to launch the Borders Marketplace for used books, music, and movies, said Kevin Ertell, vice president of e-business for Borders Group. "By aggregating thousands of independent resellers, they offer millions of used and out-of-print books, music and movies giving Borders customers a deep selection of titles from which to choose when they visit Borders.com."
The Borders Marketplace Web site was built using the Alibris E-commerce Platform. This proprietary technology provides standalone e-commerce capabilities, including search, browse, shopping cart, profile generation, and credit card processing on a customized Web site that employs the look, tone, and feel of the Borders brand. Fulfillment and customer service, which are provided by Alibris, were branded and tailored to meet Borders's requirements. Site maintenance and support are also provided by Alibris.
"We're proud to be partnered with this industry leader and opening this market to our seller community," said Alibris President and CEO Brian Elliott. "Our E-commerce Platform has dramatically streamlined the process of providing businesses with their own online media marketplace. It provides Borders with the ability to bring their customers our breadth of selection, and enables them to earn revenue immediately, all with a minimum of effort."
The Alibris E-commerce Platform is part of a suite of solutions that make it easy for companies to grow their online business by bringing together media buyers and sellers from around the world. Together, the Alibris E-commerce Platform and the Alibris E-Commerce Integration Framework, a standardized XML-based technology that allows business partners to directly integrate Alibris's breadth of selection and to offer Alibris items for sale on their own e-commerce-enabled sites, provide a broad range of integration options that meet the requirements of partners around the world.
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 75 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.
About Borders Group, Inc.
Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Borders Group, Inc. (NYSE: BGP) is a $3.8 billion global retailer of books, music, movies, periodicals, and gift and stationery items. Through its subsidiaries, Borders Group employs approximately 30,000 and operates over 1,100 stores and Borders.com. For more information about Borders Group, please visit www.bordersgroupinc.com