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IndustryRetail (Specialty)
Founded1997 in Emeryville, California[1]
HeadquartersEmeryville, California
Key people
Anindo Dey
ProductsUsed books, out-of-print books, rare books. Also features used or collectible games, music and movies (albums, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs)
Revenue$100M (as of 8/15/13)[2]
Number of employees
20 (as of 2/1/17)

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.


Alibris was founded in 1997 by Martin Manley and incorporated in 1998. It grew out of Interloc, an online company founded by antiquarian bookseller Richard Weatherford, programmer Tom Sawyer and computer tech Brad Councilman in 1994.[better source needed] Interloc was one of the earliest successful efforts to centralize used book data online.[citation needed] It remained a private network until 1996, when the company launched its website built in Thunderstone Texis by Senior Engineer Michael Warchut. The Alibris website was launched on October 23rd 1998 at 14:30PM EST also built by Michael Warchut. The company was backed by venture capital until 2006, when it was purchased by Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm. In February 2010, Oak Hill Capital Partners bought Monsoon and merged it with Alibris with Monsoon Commerce owning Alibris.[2] As of February 2017, Alibris was owned by AM Holding Inc. (formerly Monsoon Commerce Inc.)[citation needed] In 2017 Alibris Holding sold off Monsoon Commerce of Portland and Stonegde Technologies of Collegeville, PA.


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 also offers services in the UK with the Waterstones market place. It offers more than 150 million books from a network of over 15,000 booksellers in 65 countries.

Most sales made through Alibris are fulfilled by the bookseller directly to the end customer. Sales to libraries or other institutions or books needing transoceanic shipping are consolidated in a distribution center in Sparks, Nevada. Alibris also has a similar network for music (albums, cassette tapes, and CDs) and movies (VHS or DVD).

Alibris allows customers to buy and sell at the same time. Alibris charges a starting fee that varies based on what is being sold and what kind of commission is charged.

Alibris was a charter member of the Google eBooks service when it was announced by Google on December 6, 2010.[3]


  1. ^ Steven E.F. Brown (February 23, 2010). "Alibris to buy Oregon sales software company Monsoon". San Francisco Business Journal. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Mentor Connect with Kanth Gopalpur". TiE Oregon. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  3. ^ "Discover more than 3 million Google eBooks from your choice of booksellers and devices". Official blog. Google. December 6, 2010. Archived from the original on 7 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-06.

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