Alibris Launch Author Stores For Self-Publishers and Publishers

Alibris is an online marketplace for independent sellers of new and used books, music, and movies, as well as rare and out-of-print titles. They have launched a new feature called Author Stores to give self-publishing authors and publishers direct access to online customers. Author Stores is a marketplace very like Amazon Central and provides similar features.
From the press release:

Author Stores give publishers of all kinds a new, unparalleled distribution channel. Once signed up to sell through an Author Store, authors and publishers merely need to list their books once and they will be promoted and sold worldwide to eager shoppers through the following sites:

Alibris marketplaces:

Marketplace-services partners; Barnes &, Borders, Chapters Indigo, eBay,, Waterstone’s, and others.

Alibris Author Stores are customizable and enable authors to showcase their books through the following promotional tools:

Personalized biography and photo for building an author’s presence
Blogging functionality for reader engagement and marketing
Custom URL for widespread promotion
Custom merchandising and catalog tools for highlighting latest titles and backlist
Direct e-mail contact for building reader relationships

These features can be previewed on a sample Alibris Store. Alibris will also provide demonstrations of Author Stores at Book Expo America, on May 26 and 27 at the Javits Center (booth #4651) in New York City.

“Authors are central to the Alibris marketplace,” said Brian Elliott, Alibris president and CEO. “Our dedicated customers and business partners come to Alibris looking for selection and to discover new books.” Elliott explained that it’s now better than ever for authors and publishers to sell directly to this engaged customer base. “Over a third of our marketplace sales are new books — most of those solidly in the ‘long tail’ — and through the new Author Stores sales channel and its dynamic features, authors can promote and sell more books.”

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