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Alibris Gives Price-Conscious Holiday Shoppers Better Gift Options with Rare and Collectible Books, Music, and Movies

Improved online marketplace provides gift seekers with unique and affordable choices in antiquarian and collectible books, music items, and movies

EMERYVILLE, CA—November 3, 2008—Alibris, the premier independently owned and operated online global marketplace for new, rare, and used books, CDs, and DVDs, announced the launch of the new Rare and Collectible store on their Web site. This dynamic new online resource helps shoppers looking to easily select the perfect gifts for everyone on their shopping lists.

Complete with recommended collectible items, guides explaining how to collect books, and a search box dedicated to finding hard-to-find books, the Rare and Collectible store gives holiday shoppers improved access to Alibris's extensive selection of rare, out-of-print, antiquarian, and otherwise collectible books.

Giving a collectible book can wow the devoted reader just as easily as the ardent collector.

Alibris stocks tens of thousands of affordable first editions and books signed by their authors. Anyone with a favorite book or favorite author would be thrilled to receive an autographed volume as a truly special gift. And a first edition of a cherished childhood fable is practically guaranteed to make any adult child beam with satisfaction.

Alibris makes purchasing such stand-out books affordable, which is great news in the current cautious economic climate.

"Why spend $20 on a boring gift certificate this holiday season when you could find a much more meaningful, collectible book, LP, or movie instead?" asked Brian Elliott, President & CEO of Alibris. "I recently started my holiday shopping by picking a first edition of Summerland that was signed by author Michael Chabon and was being sold on Alibris for only $18—a bargain and a homerun gift for someone on my gift list."

Elliott further explained that Alibris, since starting business in 1998, has come to be known across the world as the premier marketplace for buying hard-to-find books, but that such rare and collectible books can range from highly expensive classics to highly affordable finds.

"We sell thousands of collectible books each month, and they run the gamut from a $25 modern first edition of David Sedaris's bestseller Me Talk Pretty One Day to the recent $10,000 sale of a first edition of Dreams from My Father, which was signed by author Barack Obama himself." Elliott reiterated that the likelihood of holiday shoppers finding that just-right gift at the just-right price is high.

With 100 million items available, Alibris invites holiday shoppers to discover how the Rare and Collectible store makes finding gifts much easier than fighting mall crowds, winter weather, and snarled traffic. An added bonus is that recipients of collectible books will likely find their gifts appreciating in both sentimental and economic value.

With books, music, and movies as perennial favorites for both gift givers and recipients, Alibris has given shoppers an easy way to turn a good book into a great collectible gift.

About Alibris
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, Barnes & Noble, Blackwell U.K., Books-A-Million, Borders, Chapters/Indigo, and 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. Alibris is a registered trademark.

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