restock hurricane-devastated libraries
Online retailer matches customer donations of new and used
EMERYVILLE, CA—October 10, 2005—Alibris, the premiere
destination for used, new, and out-of-print books, is inviting booklovers
to donate books to libraries devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The online
used-book seller has partnered with the Texas Library Association (TLA),
which is administering the book donation program.
Alibris has created an online Gulf Coast book wishlist at www.alibris.com,
where customers can donate new or used books to libraries in Louisiana,
Alabama, and Mississippi that were destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
For each book donated by a customer, Alibris will donate a book to the
"We share our customers' passion for books and for reading-whether
for education or entertainment," said Alibris CEO Martin Manley.
"Alibris wants to make sure that communities have the books they
need as they rebuild. Ours may be a small contribution-but with enough
small contributions, we can help millions of people to get back on their
According to the American Library Association, dozens of public, school,
academic, and private libraries have sustained significant damage. Affected
Gulf Coast libraries will have to rebuild local historic collections in
addition to restocking general reading materials.
"Alibris, with its extensive selection of out-of-print and rare
books, is a natural partner for this effort," says TLA representative
Gloria Meraz. "The hurricane damage has been tragic on many levels,
but we're pleased to be able to add to relief efforts on behalf of booklovers."
The Alibris wishlist will be available at least through the end of October.
TLA has arranged to hold donations until the affected libraries are ready
Alibris is the premiere online destination for new, used, rare, and out-of- print books.
We connect people who love books, music, and movies to the best independent sellers from
45 countries around the world. Our proprietary technology and advanced logistics allow us
to offer over 60 million used, new, and out-of-print books to consumers, libraries, and
retailers, which include Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon.com, and Books-A-Million.
Founded in 1998 and acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners in 2006, Deloitte named Alibris
a “Fast 50” and a “Technology Fast 500” growth business in 2005.
Alibris is a registered trademark.
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