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Type of businessPrivate, Dot-com company
HeadquartersAsheville, North Carolina
Founder(s)Brendan Sherar
IndustryRetail (Specialty)
Productsused books, rare books, out of print books, new books and textbooks
Employees10 (2010) is an online marketplace specializing in rare and collectible books from independent bookstores around the world.[1] was established in 2000 in Asheville, NC, by Brendan J. Sherar and Michael C. Tracey.[2] announced a joint three-way agreement with Bibliopolis, LLC and Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) in April 2009, to provide a new e-commerce site for ABAA members and their books.[3]

A used book marketplace

Begun in 2000 as a metasearch or price comparison engine, Biblio changed to be a marketplace in February 2003.[4] Biblio seeks to differentiate itself from its competitors by preventing penny books[5] and limiting print-on-demand books. Biblio encourages communication between the bookseller and the retail bookbuyers.

In May 2009 Biblio launched, an e-commerce site dedicated to second hand and antiquarian books in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.

Inventory management program provides BiblioDirector, an inventory management software that offers one-click uploading to Biblio, but also provides options for uploading to other book marketplace websites as well. provided Bookhound inventory management program for free to its sellers from June 2008 to December 2012. An updated version of Bookhound is still available for sale through Bibliopolis.

Speedy searches

Starting in 2008 launched a complete overhaul of both their site and booksearch technology, based on the Solr search engine (Solr is a subproject of the Apache HTTP Server Lucene project). The Solr search engine provides fast access to 60 million titles by author, title, illustrator, data, and several other fields. Biblio's stated goal for search is to help customers find their titles in as few clicks as possible.[6]

Partnerships with ABAA and others

On April 17, 2009 announced a joint three-way agreement with Bibliopolis, LLC and Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) to provide a new e-commerce site for ABAA members and their books.[7] Under the 4-year joint operating agreement, the new ABAA e-commerce site for its book dealers features's search engine and e-commerce technology. Berkeley-based Bibliopolis was responsible for crafting the design and user interfaces for the site.[3] In addition to the ABAA site, Biblio powers similar niche-market sites such as and (Independent Online Booksellers Association).

The bottom line is wholly owned and operated by Biblio, Inc., a privately held company with a commitment to a Triple bottom line, in part through its environmental program, Ecosend, and its work with Biblio Charitable Works, Inc.[8] In October 2007, Biblio announced that it had become the first online book marketplace to offer carbon free shipping through its Ecosend program, purchasing carbon offsets for the shipment of every book sold through its site.


  1. ^ Ritchey, Julia. "A cover story: Biblio". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Certificate of Assumed Name For a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or Limited Partnership". Consolidated Real Property. 2351. Buncombe County, NC Register of Deeds. 2000. p. 347. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Archive for the 'Bibliopolis' Category". Fine Press Book Association. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Reynolds 2004
  5. ^ Sussman
  6. ^ Biblio 2008
  7. ^ Loftin 2009
  8. ^ PRWeb

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