February 18, 2009, 12:00 AM

Alibris stacks up new features for its web site for libraries

Alibris, an online book, music and movie retailer, has relaunched its e-commerce site for libraries, adding upgraded navigation menus and a redesigned user interface.

Mark Brohan

Research Director

Alibris Inc., which operates Alibris.com, an online marketplace for 12,000 sellers of new and used books, CDs, and DVDs, has relaunched its e-commerce site for libraries. The upgraded site added enhanced navigation menus and a redesigned user interface. Alibris for Libraries, at Library.Alibris.com, has revamped its site with new tools aiming to help librarians find affordable media for their institutions.

The web site specializes in new, out-of-print, out-of-stock, rare and used books, and has implemented several new features including easier music and movie searches by streamlining Alibris’s master catalog and adding media cover art and other product data.

Information on 100 million books, music and movie offerings available are now easier to find and order, the company says, due to upgraded navigation menus and a redesigned user interface. The upgraded site also enables librarians to search for multiple ISBNs, or international standard book numbers. The feature is designed to help librarians conduct more efficient searches of up to 20 ISBNs at a time. Search results also are presented as recommended bundles of the items available at the lowest price and in the best condition.

Alibris also has enhanced its online collections service that libraries use to backfill collections or to build new ones. The free service, which generates lists of titles by subject, was redesigned to make it easier to use, interactive and available for online submission, says Alibris, No. 112 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

“We are thrilled to launch our new Alibris for Libraries site,” says Brian Elliott, president and CEO. “Our library business is an important component in the overall success and operation of our marketplace, so we dedicated resources over the last year to plan and implement the new and better services for our library customers.”

Elliott is speaking at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, June 15-18 in Boston, in a session titled Building your brand online.

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