Asheville, NC (PRWEB) June 4, 2008
Leading book marketplace Biblio.com and California-based Bibliopolis, LLC today announced that they have reached an agreement to provide independent booksellers and bookstores with free inventory management software to help manage both their online and brick-and-mortar businesses.
The Mac OS X version of BookHound 7 community edition will be available to booksellers on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008. The release of the Windows version (XP or Vista) is scheduled for July 1st, 2008.
BookHound is used by hundreds of bookstores and booksellers worldwide, and has been a leader in the industry for over ten years. Biblio.com will be the exclusive distributor of this release of BookHound 7ce through its website, and will provide basic product support to booksellers. Bibliopolis will continue to offer options for higher level support to booksellers on an annual or per-incident basis.
BookHound boasts many features, such as an integrated BISAC subject library, integrated spell checking, advanced searches and global editing of data, and easy-to-use options for managing inventory across multiple online sales venues. BookHound also includes tools specifically designed for brick-and-mortar shops.
After exploring several options, Biblio.com ultimately pursued a licensing agreement with Bibliopolis because "Bookhound is the clear choice in terms of superior quality, flexibility and interoperability for our booksellers," explains Allen Singleton, Biblio.com's president and chief operating officer.
Bibliopolis, which also builds websites for independent and antiquarian booksellers, sees the distribution agreement as an opportunity to expand the growth and marketshare of its other products and services. "BookHound is now free. That's a great thing for booksellers," says Luke Lozier, Principal and Co-Founder of Bibliopolis, LLC, "We are excited to increase the user-base of BookHound through the broad reach of Biblio.com."
Biblio.com currently works with more than 5500 independent booksellers and expects that by offering BookHound freely to their clients, they will strengthen their position in the industry. "Our booksellers are our partners. Their success is our success," says Brendan Sherar, CEO of Biblio.com. "We believe that delivering a high quality, mature product for inventory management will materially contribute to the growth of their businesses, and therefore, to ours as well."
Biblio.com is one of the world's leading sources for used, rare and out-of-print books. Established in 2003, Biblio.com has grown to become one of the largest global book marketplaces, with over 50 million books for sale from 5500 bookstores and booksellers in countries around the world. Biblio.com is wholly owned and operated by Biblio, Inc., a privately held company with a commitment to a triple bottom line, in part through its work with Biblio Charitable Works, Inc. whereby it has helped to build seven libraries in rural South America over the past three years.
Bibliopolis works with independent booksellers to establish, maintain and grow their Internet presence with easy-to-use products and services that can evolve when the market demands it. Bibliopolis provides complete e-commerce website development, technical support and hosting as well as database services for the used, out-of-print and/or antiquarian bookseller. All of their sites are built with booksellers' entire Internet presence in mind.
BookHound is a full-featured database application built to handle most day-to-day bookselling operations. For nearly 10 years, BookHound has been a mainstay among leading inventory products for independent bookstores and booksellers.