List of Book selling websites. BOOK SALE means any transaction through a Kanakaris Web Site generating revenue based on the publishing, displaying, viewing, subscribing, selling, renting, downloading or other use of a Book or any portion of a Book. Bookselling is the commercial trading of books which is the retail and distribution end of the publishing process. People who engage in bookselling are called booksellers, bookdealers, bookpeople, bookmen, or bookwomen. The founding of libraries in c.300 BC stimulated the energies of the Athenian booksellers.
Here is a List of Book selling websites
AbeBooks is an e-commerce global online marketplace with seven websites that offer books, fine art, and collectables from sellers in over 50 countries. Launched in 1996, it specialises in used, rare and out-of-print books. AbeBooks has been a subsidiary of Amazon since 2008
Above the Treeline is a United States company behind the Edelweiss+ platform, which provides many services that support the book industry.
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.
Angus & Robertson is a major Australian bookseller, publisher and printer. As book publishers, A&R has contributed substantially to the promotion and development of Australian literature. This well known Australian brand currently exists as an online shop owned by online bookseller Booktopia
The Argosy Book Store is New York City’s oldest independent bookstore. Located at 116 East 59th Street in Midtown Manhattan, it occupies an entire six-story townhouse with various sales floors specializing in first editions, Americana, leather bindings, antique maps and prints, and autographs. The store, also noted for a wide selection of bargain books, has its own framing and shipping departments and owns a large warehouse in Brooklyn.
Baen Books is an American publishing house for science fiction and fantasy. In science fiction, it emphasizes space opera, hard science fiction, and military science fiction. The company was established in 1983 by science fiction publisher and editor Jim Baen.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers is an American bookseller. It is a Fortune 1000 company and the bookseller with the largest number of retail outlets in the United States. As of July 7, 2020, the company operates 614 retail stores across all 50 U.S. states.
Better World Books (also known as Qumpus, Inc.) is an American online bookseller of used and new books, founded in 2002 by students of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Better World Books’ used book inventory comes primarily from regular book drives at over 1,800 colleges and universities and donations from over 3,000 library systems, in addition to donation boxes found on corners and on college campuses. The company has distribution warehouses in Mishawaka, Indiana; Reno, Nevada; York, Pennsylvania; and Dunfermline, Scotland.
There is something magical about a corner used bookstore. The kind that are scattered across the world, where the faint smell of aging cloth and paper mingles with the quiet shuffle of pages, of covers sliding against each other as they are taken from their shelves. There is something that literally jumps inside of us when we enter these nearly hallowed community mainstays.
BiblioPage.com is an Amazon.com affiliate site with a database of books gathered from libraries across the world using the NISO z39.50 protocol for accessing bibliographic databases. The website uses the YAZ toolkit from IndexData to access and manipulate bibliographic information.
The website is used by libraries to choose the best selection of books. By suggesting titles that libraries have purchased, the consumer is choosing only among the most relevant titles. Similar programs that make use of public z39.50 resources are Emc2Library.com or isbndb.com.
BiblioQuest International is a specialist search service for books, primarily used books and rare or out-of-print titles. The company is based in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia, and is registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission ACN 109 499 265 ABN 88 109 499 265.
Blackwell UK, also known as Blackwell’s and Blackwell Group, is a British academic book retailer and library supply service owned by Waterstones. It was founded in 1879 by Benjamin Henry Blackwell, after whom the chain is named on Broad Street, Oxford. The brand now has a chain of 18 shops, and an accounts and library supply service. It employs around 1000 staff in its divisions.
The Broad Street branches, which include speciality music and art/poster shops, remained the only ones until expansion in the early 1990s, when at peak after taking over Heffers in Cambridge in 1999 and James Thin in Scotland in 2002, the company had over 70 outlets. Its library supply chain serves an international market, but parts were sold off in 2009, with the North American arm of Blackwell Book Services and the Australian business James Bennett sold to Baker & Taylor for their academic arm YBP Library Services. The group were also publishers, under the Blackwell publishing imprint which published over 800 journals when it was sold to John Wiley & Sons in 2007 for £572 million to form Wiley-Blackwell.
Bol.com is a webshop in the Netherlands and offers general merchandising products in categories such as music, film, electronics, toys, jewelry, watches, baby products, gardening, and DIY. As of 2020, the store serves 11 million active customers in the Netherlands and Belgium and offers over 23 million items. Since 2011, bol.com has also opened its webshop for retailers to sell and effectively became a platform. Since the introduction of “Selling via bol.com”, more than 30,000 retailers have already sold via bol.com. The company employs approximately 3,000 workers.
Book Depository (previously The Book Depository) is a UK-based online book seller with a large catalogue, offering free shipping to over 160 countries. Founded by a former Amazon employee, it was acquired by Amazon on July 4, 2011.
The Book People Ltd. is an online bookseller. Founded in 1988, in the UK, The Book People sells books, gifts, toys and stationery through its website. The Book People was recently acquired by Retail Ecommerce Ventures, a holding company that buys distressed brands and revives them as e-commerce businesses
Book Stacks Unlimited was an American online bookstore created by Charles M. Stack in 1992, three years before Jeff Bezos launched Amazon.com. Stack’s store, selling new books, began as a dial-up bulletin board located in Cleveland. The Books.com website opened in 1994, eventually attracting a half million visitors each month.
BookRenter was an American online textbook rental company based in San Mateo, California. BookRenter started the first online textbook rental service in 2006. Colin Barceloux founded the company as a startup in Silicon Valley after raising funds from Storm Ventures and Adams Capital.
The Idea behind BookRenter came from the frustration associated with buying high-cost textbooks when the Founder, Barceloux attended Santa Clara University. He teamed up with two Engineer majors, Chris Williams and Philippe Huibonhoa to help him with the building BookRenter.com. The website launched to offer textbook rentals for less than the retail price. BookRenter expanded its operation by partnering with over 500 college bookstores by setting up a virtual rental store on their own websites. In 2010, it reportedly served 6 million students on over 5,000 campuses in the US.
Books-A-Million, Inc., also known as BAM!, is a bookstore chain in the United States, operating 260 stores in 32 states. Stores range in size from 4,000 to 30,000 square feet and sell books, magazines, manga, collectibles, toys, technology, and gifts. Most Books-A-Million stores feature “Joe Muggs” cafés, a coffee and espresso bar. Stores operate under the names Books-A-Million, Bookland, Books & Company, and 2nd & Charles.
The company owns Yogurt Mountain Holding, a frozen yogurt retailer and franchisor with 40 locations. The company also owns Preferred Growth Properties, which develops and manages commercial real estate investments.
The company also owns and operates American Wholesale Book Company (AWBC), an e-commerce division operating as booksamillion.com, and an internet development and services company, NetCentral, in Nashville, Tennessee.
In December 2015, the company was acquired by its chairman, Clyde B. Anderson, and his family, for $21 million
BooksActually is an independent bookstore operating online. It was formerly located in Singapore’s Tiong Bahru district till 2020. BooksActually was established by Kenny Leck and Karen Wai in 2005 on the second floor of a shophouse along Telok Ayer Street with capital pooled from savings and family. The bookstore subsequently moved to Ann Siang Hill in 2007, and opened a second outlet at Club Street in 2008. Due to an increase in rent, they closed up Ann Siang Hill and moved from Club Street to Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru in 2011. BooksActually regularly hosts literary events including book launches and poetry readings, acoustic sessions, and mini exhibitions. In 2011, the bookstore organised the exhibition An Ode to Penguin held at The Arts House, that showcased over 1,000 Penguin Books from their private collection.
BookScouter.com is a comparison shopping website that helps buy, sell, and rent textbooks and used books online. The website compares offers and prices from 30 booksellers and buyback vendors in the US and suggests the most fitting place to purchase or sell a given book. The website is mainly used by college students.
Booktopia Pty Ltd is an Australian online bookstore. Founded in 2004, it now turns over $165 million a year, and was listed in the AFR/BRW’s Fast 100 eight times, the only company to ever achieve this feat, from 2009 to 2017. In 2016, 2017 & 2019 Booktopia was voted ‘Bookstore of the Year’. In 2018 it won NSW Telstra Business of the Year and the Australian Telstra Business Award People’s Choice Award. It has been a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards 7 times from 2011 to 2018, the only company to achieve this feat. Booktopia has stated that Australian authors and titles are a key focus for the company.
Booktopia completed a $20 million capital raise at the beginning of 2020.
An Ceathrú Póilí (English: The Fourth Policeman; founded 1983) is an independent bookstore based in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich on the Falls Road in Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter. The shop primarily sells Irish language books and Irish Traditional Music recordings and also sells several hundred English-language books on the topics of Irish history and politics. An Ceathrú Póilí also sells Irish musical instruments, Celtic jewelry and craft.
Chapters Inc. is a Canadian big box bookstore banner owned by Indigo Books and Music. Formerly a separate company competing with Indigo, the combined company has continued to operate both banners since their merger in 2001. As of July 2017, it operated 89 superstores under the banners Chapters and Indigo, and 122 small format stores under the banners Coles, Indigospirit, SmithBooks and The Book Company.
Chegg, Inc., is an American education technology company based in Santa Clara, California. It provides digital and physical textbook rentals, textbooks, online tutoring, and other student services. The company was launched in 2005, and began trading publicly on the New York Stock Exchange in November 2013. As of March 2020, the company reported having 2.9 million subscribers to Chegg Services.
Christianbook, LLC, formerly known as Christian Book Distributors (CBD), is a Christian catalog and internet retailer. Christian Book Distributors was started in 1978 by Stephen Hendrickson, 19 years old and a sophomore at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, out of his parents’ home in Lynn, Massachusetts. Stephen Hendrickson incorporated the business, first as a nonprofit, and subsequently as a for profit corporation on September 10, 1981.
In 1984 the company built a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) facility in the Centennial Industrial Park in Peabody. By 1996 CBD had completely outgrown the site and built a new facility across the street, where it remains today. The facility is now 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2). In 2012, CBD was described as employing a staff of just over 500 while “[continuing] to be a family affair”, with its younger co-founder, his 80-year-old mother and his 23-year-old son “still involved with the company”. CBD has been selected by The Boston Globe as one of the Top 100 Places to Work in Massachusetts five years running from 2009 to 2013.
Daedalus Books is a seller of books, music, and video founded in 1980. While it also sells new titles, Daedalus Books’ specialty is the remaindered book. Its philosophy is to keep bestsellers, classics, and overlooked gems available to the reading public. It sells its products via catalogs and a website.
Although initially a wholesale endeavor, the company over the years grew a retail division that ultimately brought in roughly 60% of annual revenue. In 2018, upon the retirement of Daedalus’ founder, Robert (Robin) Moody, the wholesale division of the company shut down. In February of that year, the company sold its retail catalog and online operations to Universal Screen Arts.
Daedalus Books had an outlet store at the front of its 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) warehouse located in Columbia, Maryland, both of which closed in 2018. In 2006, it opened a store in Belvedere Square, Baltimore. However, in 2011, this branch also closed.
Daunt Books is a chain of bookshops in London, founded by James Daunt. It traditionally specialised in travel books. In 2010, it began publishing. Its initial Marylebone branch, opened in 1912, claims to be the first custom-built bookshop in the world.
DiggyPOD is a privately owned company that prints books on demand for the publishing industry and for self-publishing authors. The company name DiggyPOD is a modified acronym of the phrase “Digital Printing On Demand.”
DiggyPOD, Inc. was started in 1988 by Laura Alexander and three partners, and was called Quickprint, Inc. In 2001 Tim Simpson bought the business from Laura Alexander and changed the name to DiggyPOD. Initially the company was located in Saline, Michigan, and served the markets of Saline, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti. DiggyPOD was originally a commercial printing company, serving small to large businesses with their printing needs.
In 2003, DiggyPOD was picked for the 2003 Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Enterprise Business Award. In January 2004, Tim Simpson, the owner of DiggyPOD, decided to transform the business from a commercial printing company servicing the surrounding community to a national company in the book publishing industry. In July 2004, DiggyPOD launched a website to cater to the print-on-demand publishing industry. In 2006, DiggyPOD built a new production facility in Saline, Michigan, to increase work capacities. DiggyPOD, in 2008 and 2010, was recognized as a leader in transitioning its business model from a commercial printing company to an on-demand book printing company. In 2012, DiggyPOD sold its commercial printing business and the equipment needed to run the commercial printing to Standard Printing in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This sale of the commercial printing business was used to fund growth of the book printing business and help DiggyPOD move to a bigger facility in Tecumseh, Michigan in 2013.
In 2014, DiggyPOD was included on Forbes’ Inc. 5000 List of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.
Eso Won Books, an independent bookstore located at 4327 Degnan Boulevard in the Historic Leimert Park Village neighborhood of South Los Angeles, is one of the largest Black-owned bookstores in the U.S. In 2021, Publishers Weekly awarded the business Bookstore of the Year.
Flipkart is an Indian e-commerce company, headquartered in Bangalore, and incorporated in Singapore as a private limited company. The company initially focused on online book sales before expanding into other product categories such as consumer electronics, fashion, home essentials, groceries, and lifestyle products.
The service competes primarily with Amazon’s Indian subsidiary and domestic rival Snapdeal. As of March 2017, Flipkart held a 39.5% market share of India’s e-commerce industry. Flipkart has a dominant position in the apparel segment, bolstered by its acquisition of Myntra, and was described as being “neck and neck” with Amazon in the sale of electronics and mobile phones. Flipkart also owns PhonePe, a mobile payments service based on the UPI.
In August 2018, U.S.-based retail chain Walmart acquired a 77% controlling stake in Flipkart for US$16 billion, valuing Flipkart at around $20 billion
Grassrootz Bookstore (also Grassrootz Books or simply Grassrootz) is a bookstore located in Phoenix near the downtown area. Grassrootz book selection mainly specializes in African-American literature, history, and culture in the United States. Inside the bookstore is a Juice bar and coffee shop inside as well as a collaborative workspace for the community. Grassrootz is Phoenix’s only Black-owned bookstore.
Half.com was an e-commerce website and a subsidiary of eBay in which sellers offered items for sale at fixed prices. The items available on half.com were limited to books, textbooks, music, movies, video games, and video game consoles.
Half provided a platform where sellers could choose what price to sell their item for. A seller was able to see the average and most recent sale prices for any particular item to determine the selling price desired. A potential buyer could see available inventory for an item and choose their desired seller. This was a different model from eBay, which has buyers bid against one another. The pre-order feature allowed buyers to set a price and quality rating of a particular item they would like to buy. Sellers saw the pre-order listed when they put an item up for sale and could sell it to the buyer if they agreed with the buyer’s price.
There were no fees to list items on Half.com, but rather the company took a commission of every completed sale. The seller was responsible for shipping any item within three business days of a sale and paying the actual shipping costs. eBay shut down the service on September 1, 2017
Homestead Book Company was a publisher and wholesale distributor of books, magazines, videos, games, and novelty items. Founded in 1972 and closed in 2017, the organization was located in Seattle, Washington. They specialized in counter-cultural books and distributed over 3,000 titles to retailers as well as through their own mail-order business.
Jamalon (Arabic: جملون) is an online book retailer based in Amman that ships to readers throughout the Middle East. It was founded in October 2010 by entrepreneur Ala’ Alsallal with the support of Fadi Ghandour.
As of August 2017, it delivers over 12 million publications in Arabic and English. In 2016, 80 percent of the company’s sales consisted of Arabic titles. It maintains partnerships with over 3,000 Arabic and 27,000 English-language publishers. It is the largest online bookseller in the Middle East
Jarir Bookstore (Arabic: مكتبة جرير) is a Saudi Arabian establishment founded by Abdulrahman Nasser Al-Agil. It was established in Riyadh in 1974 as a small bookshop, which dealt in used books and art sold by expats living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In the 80s, Jarir opened a second branch in Riyadh followed by one in the 90s. Since then; it has grown to be the largest retailer of books and consumer electronics in Saudi Arabia. In 2003, the company had undergone an initial public offering and a third of its shares is currently traded on Tadawul the Saudi stock exchange. Currently, Jarir has a paid-up capital of SR 1.20 Billion. Jarir’s headquarter is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Jarir operates through two divisions namely Retail (including online sales), under the trademark of Jarir Bookstore, and a Wholesale division.
John K. King Used & Rare Books is an independent bookseller in Michigan. The store has an estimated 1 million books in stock, with a large collection of rare and used titles. In a 2011 article from the online magazine Salon, the store was described as “one of the largest and strangest collections in North America”.
The store has four above-ground floors open to customers. An adjacent building has a collection of rarer and notable items available for viewing by appointment only. The rare book holdings are the only cataloged part of the inventory and can be viewed and ordered by visiting rarebooklink.com.
Rakuten Kobo Inc., or simply Kobo, is a Canadian company that sells ebooks, audiobooks, ereaders and tablet computers. It is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, and is a subsidiary of the Japanese ecommerce conglomerate Rakuten. The name Kobo is an anagram of book.
Konga.com is a Nigerian e-commerce company founded in July 2012 with headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos State. It offers a third-party online marketplace, as well as first-party direct retail spanning various categories including consumer electronics, fashion, home appliances, books, children’s items, computers & accessories, phones and tablets, health care and personal care products. The company also has logistics service (KXPRESS), which enables the timely shipment and delivery of packages to customers.
Landmark Limited, widely known as Landmark or Landmark bookstore, is a chain of bookstores in India based in Chennai, now wholly owned by Trent, a Tata Group company. In August 2005, Trent acquired a 76% controlling stake in Landmark, and completed 100% acquisition in April 2008.
Started as an independent bookstore, Landmark Limited became a chain store which primarily offers books, music, movie VCD/DVDs, video game consoles, PC games, video games, console games, video game accessories, toys, and magazines, as well as technology products like mobile phones, tablet computers, mobile phone accessories, cameras, camera accessories, laptops, stationery items, gift items and home products.
Landmarkonthenet.com, launched in 2000 and a Chennai-based e-commerce portal owned and operated by Landmark Limited, is an online retailing division of Landmark through which it sells its retail merchandise online.
The website has now been closed.
Left Bank Books is an independent bookstore located at 399 N. Euclid Street in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. It is the oldest, independently operated bookstore in St. Louis. It was founded by students in 1969 as a leftist collective to sell underground, counter-cultural, feminist, and anti-establishment books, newspapers, and magazines—-the first to do so in the St. Louis region. It was the first bookstore with its name in the United States, and the first exhibiting gallery for children’s book illustrator Mary Engelbreit. Left Bank Books sponsors reading groups, book signings, author appearances, and community literary activities. In 2015 the Washington Post named it one of the best bookstores in the United States and in 2017 Real Simple magazine has called Left Bank Books the best bookstore in the state of Missouri.
Livraria da Folha (“Folha Bookstore”) is one of Grupo Folha’s business divisions; the online bookstore currently has on offer more than 180,000 titles, including books, DVDs, Blu-ray movies and videogames.
Its website relies on a team of specialized reviewers that evaluate and suggest titles from within its catalog and keep updated lists with the best movies, TV series and video and PC games on offer. The bookstore Website offers capsule reviews about the main book releases in the Brazilian market.
MahoganyBooks is an independent bookstore specializing in works by the African diaspora. It was established as an online store in 2007 by Derrick and Ramunda Young. They opened a physical location at the Anacostia Arts Center in 2017 and a second location in National Harbor, Maryland is scheduled to open on Juneteenth in 2021.
Maremagnum is an Milan-based vertical search site for books. It was founded in 1995 in Milan by Sergio Malavasi, the owner of the Libreria Malavasi; its website went live in 1996.
McNally Jackson Books is an independent bookstore based in New York, New York owned and operated by Sarah McNally, a former editor at Basic Books and the child of Holly and Paul McNally, the founders of the Canadian McNally Robinson Booksellers chain.
Momox AG is a Berlin-based recommerce site for used books and media founded by Christian Wegner in 2004. Wegner has said that “momox” stands for “Moderner Medien Online Express-Ankauf”. Wegner started selling used items in 2004 with 1500 euros start-up capital and 20 square metres (220 sq ft) of storage space, selling on eBay and Amazon. In May 2006, he founded Momox GmbH and the momox.de web site for buying books, CDs, and DVDs. The selling site Medimops opened in 2007.
In 2010, other investors joined the company. The company expanded to France, Austria, and Great Britain in 2011. In 2019, Momox had €250 million in sales. As of 2019, the majority owner is Verdane Capital of Norway, and Wegner has sold all his shares. Due to Brexit the company had to discontinue its service on momox.co.uk as of December 2021
musicMagpie is a British owned online retailer buying and selling refurbished electronics and second-hand computer games, consoles, books, films and music. musicMagpie was founded in Stockport in 2007 by Steve Oliver and Walter Gleeson, both with previous experience of the music industry. The company was originally based in Oliver’s garage, buying only CDs.
Records show that from February 2017, the company employed 1000 people, and received 5 million ratings on eBay, becoming the most popular seller on that platform. By 2018 the company had sold an estimated £125 million of used items, primarily through Amazon and eBay
The Mysterious Bookshop is an independent bookstore and publisher specializing in mystery fiction, located in New York City. It is one of the oldest mystery bookstores in the U.S.
In addition to housing its own imprint, the shop contains the offices of both the Mysterious Press, distributed by Grove Atlantic, and MysteriousPress.com, an e-book imprint distributed by Open Road Media. The store and its various publishing enterprises are owned and operated by editor and publisher Otto Penzler; its inventory consists of new and rare titles in detective fiction, crime fiction, spy fiction, thrillers, and various other mystery fiction subgenres. The store also features the largest collection of Sherlock Holmes titles and Sherlockiana in the world, as well as a considerable Bibliomystery collection.
Neelwafurat.com (Arabic: نيل و فرات.كوم) is an Internet e-commerce website, similar to amazon.com, which serves primarily the Middle East and Arab World. The company sells books, magazines, films and software. The company was founded and launched in 1998, and was part of a large boom in Arab World use of e-commerce. The name Neelwafurat is a term referring to the Nile and Euphrates rivers (neel means “Nile“, “wa” is a phonetic spelling of the specific letter waw, and furat means “Euphrates“). This is a reference to the Amazon.com connection with the Amazon River.
Neelwafurat’s headquarters is located in Beirut, Lebanon. There is an additional branch in Egypt. In 2004, the two best-selling novels on Neelwafurat were Cities of Salt by Abdul-Rahman Munif and The Insane Asylum by Ghazi al-Gosaibi, however both of these books were banned in Saudi Arabia. The web retailer is seen as a primary part of Lebanon’s New Economy, and is a major outlet for independent publishers. Neelwafurat’s primary competitors are adabwafan.com and e-kotob.com
Omniscriptum Publishing Group, formerly known as VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, is a German publishing group headquartered in Riga, Latvia. Founded in 2002 in Düsseldorf, its book production is based on print-to-order technology.
The company publishes theses, research notes, and dissertations through its e-commerce bookstores. Its publishing methods have been questioned for the soliciting of manuscripts from individuals, and for providing authors with the appearance of a peer-reviewed publishing history. OmniScriptum is designated as non-academic by the Norwegian Scientific Index, and its subsidiary Lambert Academic Publishing has been described as a predatory vanity press which does “not apply the basic standards of academic publishing such as peer-review, editorial or proof-reading processes.”
The company also offers print-to order publishing for fiction authors. It previously specialized in publishing and selling Wikipedia articles, but has stated that the practice of publishing Wikipedia content ended in 2013
A list of booksellers who predominantly sell new or used books online, although some may sell other items as well; some may also sell through brick and mortar stores. Incorporated is a list of online marketplaces to which numerous small independent booksellers belong.
- AALBC.com, launched in 1998, focuses on books written by, or about, people of African descent
- AbeBooks, online marketplace for used books, owned by Amazon.com since 2008
- Alibris an online marketplace for used but also new books
- Amazon.com the “world’s largest bookstore” began by selling books from its website in 1995, and is now the world’s largest online retailer of consumer goods. It operates country-specific versions of its website for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. It bought Bibliofind.com (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in 1999 and AbeBooks in 2008.
- Angus & Robertson, a 130 year old Australian bookstore.
- Barnes & Noble the largest retail bookstore chain in the United States, operating more than 600 brick and mortar stores throughout the 50 states. It began experimenting with selling books online as early as the late 1980s
- Better World Books, based in the United States, selling used books, and also supporting literacy projects and the Internet Archive
- Biblio.com an online marketplace catering to the book collector
- BibliOZ The Book Search Wizard leading specialist Australasian search engine for out-of-print, used and hard-to-find books established in 1999 featuring millions of books listed from the inventory of thousands of booksellers worldwide
- Blackwell’s is a UK bookseller with both online and brick and mortar stores.
- Books A Million the second largest bookstore chain in the United States
- Book Depository owned by amazon.com, offers free shipping for books to addresses worldwide
- Book People is a discount bookseller based in Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom. It also sells in workplaces and schools via a nationwide network of Book People Local distributors.
- BookFinder.com, a meta-search site (online marketplace) for books, acquired by AbeBooks in 2005, which in turn was acquired by Amazon.com in 2008.
- Booktopia is Australia’s largest online bookstore. They have 128,000 in stock titles with 800,000 units ready to ship from their 100,000 sq ft distribution centre.
- Borders Books and Music (defunct as of 2011) a chain of brick and mortar stores that began selling books online relatively late, in 2008, after ending a marketing alliance with Amazon
- Chapters owned by Indigo after a takeover in 2001, Chapters is Canada’s largest online and retail bookstore
- Chegg.com is an online bookstore which rents and sells books in United States.
- Dymocks is the online presence of the Dymocks chain, established in Australia in 1879.
- Half.com is an online bookstore which sells second hand or used books in United States (defunct as of 10/31/17)
- Adrian Harrington, rare and antiquarian books, based in the United Kingdom.
- Maremagnum is an Italian meta-search site offering over 10 million titles.
- Medimops is the sales site of Momox in Germany, with turnover of about €250m/year.
- Powell’s Books a chain of brick and mortar stores that also sells online, based out of Portland, Oregon
- Rahva Raamat is the largest book retail and wholesale trade company in Estonia, which has a history of over hundred years.
- Rare Book Hub, San Francisco based bookseller of rare and antique books
- Thriftbooks, web-based used bookseller headquartered near Seattle, Washington
- Waterstones is a UK bookseller with both online and brick and mortar stores.
- World of Books, based in the United Kingdom, selling used books
OverDrive, Inc. is a digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, online magazines, and streaming video titles. The American company provides secure digital rights management and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, corporations and book retailers.
Parallax Press is a nonprofit book publisher founded by the Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh. It is part of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism. Parallax Press publishes more than a hundred books by Thich Nhat Hanh and is also the publishing home of authors writing on mindfulness in daily life; contemplative practice; personal and collective healing; and activism for peace, the protection of the Earth, and social justice. Authors include Hanh, Chân Không, the 14th Dalai Lama, Joanna Macy, Sister Dang Nghiem, Marc Andrus, Pablo d’Ors, and Alberto Blanco. Since April 2016, Parallax Press books have been distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Pariyatti is a nonprofit organization focused on Theravadan tradition in Onalaska, Washington. It publishes, distributes, sells and donates books and media devoted to the teachings of the Buddha. It has been called “North America’s leading source of books for students of the Theravadan tradition” by Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.
The Pariyatti bookstore (both website and brick & mortar) carries almost 900 print titles. Pariyatti also provides a number of services for free from its website, including classic texts that are out of print, podcasts, and emailed “Daily Words of the Buddha”.
Pariyatti is the sole distributor in North America of books published by the Sri-Lanka-based Buddhist Publication Society (BPS) and the sole distributor in the Americas of books published by the London-based Pali Text Society (PTS), including the Tipitaka, the standard collection of scriptures in the Theravada Buddhist tradition – also known as the Pāli Canon. It also carries titles from other publishers, including hard-to-find publications from the Vipassana Research Institute(VRI) and Motilal Banarsidass, both based in India. Pariyatti has published more than 30 titles, including those under its own imprint and reprints of selected titles published by VRI and BPS.
Powell’s Books is a chain of bookstores in Portland, Oregon, and its surrounding metropolitan area. Powell’s headquarters, dubbed Powell’s City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Powell’s City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown and occupies a full city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W. Burnside and NW Couch Streets. It contains over 68,000 square feet (6,300 square metres), about 1.6 acres of retail floor space. CNN rates it one of the “coolest” bookstores in the world.
The City of Books has nine color-coded rooms and over 3,500 different sections. The inventory for its retail and online sales is over four million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books. As of 2009, Powell’s was buying around 3,000 used books a day.
Quimby’s Bookstore is an independent bookstore located at 1854 W. North Ave in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to the main location, Quimby’s NYC opened in 2017 at 536 Metropolitan Ave in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Quimby’s specializes in selling independently published and small press books, zines, comics, and ephemera, describing its collection as favoring “the unusual, the aberrant, the saucy and the lowbrow”. The Chicago Tribune has described Quimby’s as “a treasure” and “an unofficial clubhouse for zine lovers”, and Inc. magazine has featured it as “Chicago’s weirdest bookstore”.
R.J. Julia Booksellers is an independent bookstore based in Madison, Connecticut owned and operated by Roxanne J. Coady, a former tax accountant. R.J. Julia has won multiple awards as a top bookstore in the state of Connecticut, and as a top independent bookseller in the United States. R.J. Julia Booksellers offers book clubs, a cafe and other events.
The Rare Book Hub (formerly known as the Americana Exchange) is a website for the buying, selling and collecting of rare and antiquarian books. It was founded in 2002 in San Francisco by rare book collector Bruce McKinney with the aim of offering hard to find information about book collecting to the public. From a start of providing a subscription database of bibliographic records, the company now offers many related services, mostly at no charge. The company at first specialized in the Americana book field, but quickly expanded to all types of antiquarian and rare books, ephemera, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and other works on paper.
The Strand Bookstore is an independent bookstore located at 828 Broadway, at the corner of East 12th Street in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, two blocks south of Union Square. In addition to the main location, there is another store on the Upper West Side on Columbus Ave between West 81st and 82nd Streets, as well as kiosks in Central Park and Times Square, and a curated shelf at Moynihan Train Hall. The company’s slogan is “18 Miles Of Books,” as featured on its stickers, T-shirts, and other merchandise. In 2016, The New York Times called The Strand “the undisputed king of the city’s independent bookstores.”
SwoopThat.com was an online textbook price comparison service. It was based in San Diego, California, it specialized in college textbooks but includes high school textbooks as well. The company’s books by course search engine lets students input their class schedules, see all the required textbooks for those schedules, and find the cheapest online sources of those books. The search engine also includes a textbook exchange feature through which students can buy and sell books from other students. The website also includes a textbook buyback platform through which students can sell their textbooks back to online vendors. SwoopThat has been featured in the New York Times, on the website of the Today Show, on the website of Computerworld magazine, and the weblog lifehacker.com.
TextbookStop is an online textbook company that offers students the option to either rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or sell textbooks. It was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2008 by Pete Hurtubise and Brian Zilvitis, and is currently one of the primary textbook rental companies in the industry.
An increasing number of higher education students are choosing textbook rentals over more traditional textbook options. As students utilize tools on the Internet to compare textbook prices, many of them are choosing to rent or buy textbooks online rather than turning to their respective on-campus bookstores. Traditionally high textbook prices have been a major factor in the success of similar companies, with even the United States Department of Education investigating high textbook prices.
ThriftBooks is a large web-based used bookseller headquartered near Seattle, Washington. ThriftBooks sells used books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, video games, and audio cassettes. ThriftBooks’ business model “is based on achieving economies of scale through automation”.
Trajectory Inc. is an American technology company that focuses on solving the problems facing the global book publishing market. It was founded by Jim Bryant in 2011 and is headquartered in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
The company is known for pioneering the development of a series of deep learning algorithms that are used to analyze and recommend books.
Warwick’s is the oldest continuously family-owned bookstore in the United States. It was founded in 1896 and is located in La Jolla, California.
Waterstones, formerly Waterstone’s, is a British book retailer that operates 311 shops, mainly in the United Kingdom and also other nearby countries. As of February 2014, it employs around 3,500 staff in the UK and Europe. An average-sized Waterstones shop sells a range of approximately 30,000 individual books, as well as stationery and other related products.
Established in 1982 by Tim Waterstone, after whom the company was named, the bookseller expanded rapidly until being sold in 1993 to WHSmith. In 1998, Waterstones was bought by a consortium of Waterstone, EMI and Advent International. The company was taken under the umbrella of HMV Group, which later merged the Dillons and Ottakar’s brands into the company. Following several poor sets of results for the group, HMV put the chain up for sale. In May 2011, it was announced that A&NN Capital Fund Management, owned by Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut, had bought the chain for £53.5m and appointed James Daunt as managing director. The company is incorporated in England and Wales as Waterstones Booksellers Ltd, with its registered office at 203–206 Piccadilly, London (which is also the location of its flagship shop). As well as the Waterstones brand, the company owns the London bookseller Hatchards, Irish shop Hodges Figgis, and reached an agreement to purchase Foyles in 2018. In April 2018, hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation bought a majority stake in the company.
WHSmith (also written WH Smith, and known colloquially as Smith’s and formerly as W. H. Smith & Son) is a British retailer, headquartered in Swindon, England, which operates a chain of high street, railway station, airport, port, hospital and motorway service station shops selling books, stationery, magazines, newspapers, entertainment products and confectionery.
The company was formed by Henry Walton Smith and his wife Anna in 1792 as a news vendor in London. It remained under the ownership of the Smith family for many years and saw large-scale expansion during the 1970s as the company began to diversify into other markets. Following a rejected private equity takeover in 2004, the company began to focus on its core retail business. It was responsible for the creation of the ISBN book identifier. WHSmith is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
Wob (formerly called World of Books) is a second-hand book retailer, reported to be the United Kingdom’s largest. The company buys unsold inventory of used books mostly from UK charity shops. The books are resold either to consumers through Wob’s website and various online sites, or wholesale to recyclers, with about 80% of the books going to recycling. It was certified as a B Corporation in 2019
Zola Books is a New York based social eBook retailer that combines a social network, bookseller and recommendation engine. Founded by literary agents and launched in September 2012. the company was described by The Washington Post as “a venture whose strategy is to combine all three of the e-book world’s major market functions — retailing, curation and social-networking — in an ambitious bid to become a one-stop destination for book lovers on the Web”.
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