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MSNBC, Online Shopping's Top 10: The Best Web Sites of 1999 (December 22, 1999)

[Selected as one the top 10 shopping sites online, able to...] challenge traditional concepts of retail and keep the consumer in mind...Whether you choose to shop at one book dealer or search a specific database is matter of personal preference. But at, bargain hunters can easily compare prices among dealers and databases.

Crain's New York Business, E-commerce Holdouts Sit on Sidelines of Holiday Boom (December 13, 1999)

Holiday shopping has gone dot-com...Besides dominant players like and, popular sites such as serve as hubs for independent and used bookstores on the Web. Last year, BookFinder generated $10 million for 15,000 bookstores worldwide, according to founder Anirvan Chatterjee. 'People are buying a lot of used books on-line,' he says.

The Los Angeles Times, Check Out Bottom Line on Shopping Bots; Computers: New software robots that scour the Web for best prices can be helpful, but some aren't as effective as they claim (December 9, 1999)

The news this holiday season is the advent of a second generation of 'shopping bots'--clever software robots that scour the Web to scoop up prices, shipping fees and delivery times. These newer 'bots' travel with shoppers as they surf the Web, running price checks in the background and displaying competing prices in horizontal toolbars that float on the shopper's desktop... For books, try (

The Sunday Herald (United Kingdom), Author Neil Gaiman on what drives him What books and films have had the greatest influence on your opinions? (December 5, 1999)

Which website do you visit most often? Mostly, a metasearch engine that looks at the lists of thousands upon thousands of used booksellers online and, with luck, finds the one you are looking for. And, for instant gratification, I spend much too much time on

[TV] NBC-4/KRON-TV (San Francisco), Steals & Deals: Shopping Bots (December 3, 1999)

[San Francisco Bay Area evening news anchor Emerald Yeh reports on shopping bots.] Think of them as shopping carts with a brain, cruising the information superhighway in search of bargains. They're scanning hundreds of online merchants within seconds, and coming back with the very best deal for a specified item...Some bots are very specialized,, for instance, is good at finding rare books.

USA Today, Net Gets Used Books New Looks (December 2, 1999)

More ways to get that first edition: Bookfinder. A meta-search site that scans numerous bookseller sites.

PC World, Rare Books and Bestsellers (December 1999)

As for The Catcher in the Rye, only found an early edition--the others found mass-market paperbacks and related publications. Like any other book bot, lets you search by title and/or author and to specify hardback or paperback, but it also allows you to check boxes for first edition or signed copy, and used or new; set price limits; select how many results you want per page; and enter extra keywords. If you're picky about the condition of the book, you can use this last feature to limit your search to copies listed as being in fine or very fine condition.

The Book & Computer (Japan), Interview: Anirvan Chatterjee, Gateway to a Universe of Books (December 1999)

For those of you who love books (most likely, every visitor to this site), be prepared to learn about a Website that might change your life. Anirvan Chatterjee, a modest young graduate student at UC Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems, launched two years ago as a class project; now, it is fast becoming an invaluable and widely-used online tool for locating used, out-of-print, rare or even new titles in a matter of seconds.

Poetry Today, It's A Writing World: Poetry Gifts (December 1999)

Helpful Links for Poets: rare Poetry Book locators: Easy to use and read. Searches numerous sites for out of print and rare books.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), Taking a Few Precautions Can Make Online Shopping Worry-Free (November 30, 1999)

Some $6 billion -- give or take a few billion, depending on which research firm you talk to -- is going to be spent online this holiday season. Millions, according to reports by other various Internet gurus, will be pointing and clicking with abandon, buying computers, electronics, toys, CDs, books, clothes and shoes (Nordstrom has some 20,000 pairs online). David Schatsky, an analyst with Jupiter Communications, an Internet research firm in Manhattan, said 58,000 orders a day are expected during November and December, up from 29,000 a year earlier. In other words, everybody's shopping online: kids, parents, grandmas and grandpas. Heck, with all the hype around e-commerce, we wouldn't be surprised if the guy in the red suit takes the easy way out and does the gift registry thing.But with everyone turning to the Internet in droves, retailers are rushing to get their sites up and running; mom-and-pop stores as well as the big-name retailers. There are thousands of places out there for the eager shopper to use....And if it's books you're looking for, try

The Oregonian, Sleuthing Pays Off (November 30, 1999)

We asked readers to send us the names of cookbooks they were looking for. Using on the Internet [], we found the following for them: Ada Moldofsky of Salem was searching for 'Fine Preserving,' by Catherine Plagemann, published in 1967. We found 36 copies, all at different bookstores, all at differing prices.

Martha Stewart Living (CBS), Juggling 101 With Tony (November 29, 1999)

According to accomplished juggler Tony Duncan, the easiest objects to begin juggling with are beanbags; they won?t injure you in any way and are heavy enough not to bounce out of your hand or roll away when dropped...Recommended Reading: Michael J. Gelb and Tony Buzan, 'Lessons from the Art of Juggling' (out-of-print). For rare and out-of-print books, try

The Boston Herald, Op-Ed; As You Were Saying...It's a sad story when books get published in cyberspace (November 27, 1999)

Huh? The art of old-fashioned, armchair traveling dates back to, say, the scroll, the codex and the Bible. Once again, e-commerce ups the ante on the supreme power of the world of publishing. Not only can consumers purchase the latest 'Harry Potter' tome via of, now devout yet busy readers can download literary prose in either long or short takes.

The Washington Post, Putting Search Tools to the Test; Second Generation of Shopping 'Bots' Can Help Spot Bargains, When They Work (November 21, 1999)

Other bots search more narrowly. Cnet's (, for instance, checks prices for electronics. For books, try E-Compare (, ( and AddAll ( DealPilot (www.dealpilot. com) will check prices on books, music and videos. (Disclaimer: runs its own comparison-shopping service, based on technology developed by Inktomi.)

American Printer, It's the E-Thought That Counts (November 1, 1999)

For the grab bag/last-minute shopper, try, an easy way to find your favorite out-of-print book or a signed first edition of Mr. Pudgins. Know someone who wistfully recalls the days when Coke came in glass bottles? You can get over 200 softdrinks delivered to your door, courtesy of TV watchers will enjoy the site that strives to identify the defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak Looking for some pun fun? Try Can't find what you're looking for? Go to

American Printer, It's The E-Thought That Counts (November 1999)

For the grab bag/last-minute shopper, try, an easy way to find your favorite out-of-print book or signed first edition of Mr. Pudgins.

The New York Times, A Shelf of Treasures, Always Fresh (October 13, 1999)

Most if these books are in print, though some are more widely available than others. The hard-to-find specimen often turns up online; among the better

Baltimore City Paper (Maryland), Tracking Down Out-of-Print Books (October 13, 1999)

If you're desperate to find mom's favorite out-of-print book, you do have some (, which scans bookselling sites.

[BOOK] Heart in Hand by Donald W. Miller (October 1, 1999)

On Purchasing Books over the Internet: Books that are out-of-print can be found and purchased through the highly recommend (

Newsweek, A Few of Our Favorite Web Sites (September 20, 1999)

The Web is growing so fast that even the best search engines can't keep up with it. Every week, it seems, there's a new site that promises an even better way to locate your true love or improve your putting. Here are some that Newsweek staffers think stand out...Shopping, Books,,

The Boston Globe, Ask The Globe (August 8, 1999)

Because there are so many copies of 'Charley Weaver's Family Album' for sale, we recommend that you choose from the many selections available from any of the online book search services. One such vendor is, a book shopping search engine that scans top bookseller databases to find new, used, rare, and out of print books online.

The New York Daily News, Celebrity Bookmark (July 18, 1999)

[Teller of Penn & Teller comedy/magic duo comments on] Nothing competes with discovering some treasure for ten bucks in a mom-and-pop bookshop. searches eight other services (including Advanced Book Exchange, which by itself lists 12 million titles). Then it pops up a table, showing the price, condition, and the individual dealers all over the world with my dream book in stock.

Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Buschgesuche (July 9, 1999)

Oder, eine Meta-Suchmaschine, die nicht nur alle möglichen Websites abklopft, sondern auch bei hineinschaut.

The International Herald Tribune, For Books, It Pays To Surf Around (July 8, 1999)

The Web has made available millions of books that were previously hard to come by outside English-speaking countries. Not everyone knows there are cheaper places to buys books online...The best of these sites is, a mega-search site that searches may of the other sites, including ABE. I recently found a book that I had been trying to get for several years. When displays the results of its search, the condition of each book is very well described, as is the return policy of the store.

Searcher, The Response to 'Building the Earth's Largest Library' (July 1999)

Beyond the renters, let us learn from companies like Amazon,, Bibliofind, and others that daily ship thousands upon thousands of individual orders from their warehouses or -- even more complicated, from hundreds of independent booksellers -- directly to their customers, and who do it for next to nothing. Beyond booksellers and video stores, American business is full of companies that have developed extremely efficient distribution models. Lessons from one field extend to others. When Amazon wanted to improve its distribution system, the company hired the chief of logistics at WalMart and got sued by WalMart for stealing their secrets. Learning from others is an American tradition. In World War II, the War Department (old name for the Department of Defense) brought in advisers from Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey to advise them on logistical problems...If you want to see how it might work for out-of-print books, check out, available now.

The Chicago Tribune, Finding Lost Cookbooks on the Internet (June 30, 1999)

There is also a search engine of search engines,, run by University of California, Berkeley, students. It includes Advanced, Alibris, Bibliocity, (tells if a book can be bought new) and Powell's in Portland, Ore.

USA Today, In Arts World of New Millennium, Digital Means Democratic (June 23, 1999)

'The average American buys more than twice as many books today as in 1947, wrote Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason Universityy with a Ph.D. from Harvard...Readers are accustomed to big discounts now, thanks to aggressive pricing at and Nor must you pay top dollar for used books; sites like will prowl hundreds of stores for the best price.

Rediff On The Net, 22-Year-Old Student Runs Cyberspace Bookshop (June 8, 1999)

He turned down the Microsoft offer so that he could continue concentrating on the book site he had started in early 1997. The site,, has attracted the attention of book buyers and sellers from around the world. 'I always wanted to be my own boss. I'm a creative person. I want to have something of my own. In my mind chakari (job in Bengali) and chakour (servant) are the same thing," he continues."...Chatterjee, who has a background in web and Unix programming, started building the book search engine in fall 1996, when he was 19, and an undergraduate studying network information systems at University of California at Berkeley.

Civilization, Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Booklore (June 1999)

The authors also talk with Anirvan Chatterjee, the creator and sole employee of the more obscure, an Internet service that combines the databases of a variety of rare-book search engines. Chatterjee, a senior at Berkeley when he launched MX BookFinder (now known as, created the site as a student project--he received an 'A'. His special trick is operating successfully without charging fees to sellers or buyers.

[BOOK] The Best Internet Businesses You Can Start by Marian Betancourt (June 1999)

Profiles of Successful Internet Businesses: While every store will do a search, and there are many used and rare book sellers out there, ( has apparently become a treasure to book searchers because it has the best software and best networks for a fast find. Anirvan Chatterjee, a graduate student from the University of California, opened up to prase from book sellers who had about given up finding the out-of-print or rare title they wanted. Customers tell stories of searching for decades for books that turned up in five minutes. is recommended by the Library of Congress, and Money magazine called it one of the two best book sites, the other being Amazon. Chatterjee is a computer specialist who designs web systems and strategies and also likes books. His recent reads are listed on his site. Chatterjee's goals for was to work with vendor networks and book dealers in a way that would bring a unifieid interface to the best collection of used, rare, nd antiquarian books available online. Chatterjee likes networks that can do "rich" searches in multiple fields such as author, title, keywords, and price. His site is designed to work with all browsers. They offer tables and list-based output views, so the site should be usable on everything from the latest versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer to minimalistic wonders like Lynx.

The Baltimore Sun, Bargains Exist, But be Sure to Compare; Web sites Can Help, but do Your Research and Check Fees. (May 3, 1999)

I was recently informed that the novel "Corelli's Mandolin" by Louis de Bernieres is the talk of Europe. To be hip, one must read it. To be hipper, one must get a deal on it online. Enter Search by author's first name, last name or by title, and up comes a list of editions and prices from various online sellers, including and Bibliocity. The site offers detailed descriptions of each book's condition -- as in new or used, stained, cleaned or written-in -- and even which printing we're talking about.

Inc., The Eight Books to Read Before You Start Your Business (May 1999)

A look at eight books that won't give cut-and-dry answers about how to start a business, but will pose questions that aspiring entrepreneurs should ask themselves before taking their first steps...Finding the Books: Most of the books noted in this article can be found in a good library. If you want to buy them, especially those that are out of print, you might try the usual Web sites: and . Or try these three sites, where used and out-of-print books are available--and usually for less money than through the biggies above: , , and

American Libraries, Internet Librarian: Let Your Fingers Do the Collection Development--Online (May 1999)

Farther up the evolutionary chain, but still free, are some great tools designed for booklovers and librarians alike. In the Best Little Web Site That Could category, try, 'a site dedicated to reading' maintained by two librarians, Janet Lawson and Cindy Orr, who have the hearts of great reference librarians and the brains of computer programmers. For out-of-print books, Carolyn Caywood of Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library particularly recommends, one of several antiquarian sites on ACQWeb, all of which were able to locate a variety of editions for Leo Rosten's out-of-print 'Oh Kaplan! My Kaplan'.

Book Magazine, Using the Web to Try to Find the Lost Princess (May 1999)

So, I searched the Web and uncovered a huge variety of sites devoted exclusively to retrieving lost books. The first I tried was, a resource developed by a college student that lets book hunters search a large network of databases containing more than 10 million books. Best of all, charges no finder's fee; you pay only the bookseller's asking price. I typed in 'Ingrid Tomey' and 'Neptune Princess' and received my results immediately: nothing. Just to give the technology a fair test, I also fed the names of three other, less obscure titles I'd been looking for--Iris Murdoch's The Nice and the Good, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's The Leaf Storm and Other Stories and The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin. Not only did each produce a match instantly, each produced dozens of matches, ranging from $800 rare first editions to $5 paperbacks. I decided to buy a cheap copy of the Murdoch book.

The Orange County Register, Comparison-Shopping Web Sites are the New Darlings...How Helpful are They (April 29, 1999)

Go to to get a deal on the latest Patricia Cornwell hardback. Search by author's first name, last name or by title, and up comes a list of available editions and prices from various online sellers.

The Oregonian, Web Makes it Simple to Find Used Books (April 25, 1999)

Which is the cheapest? Unless you are a serious collector of high-end, quality rare books, price comparisons become difficult. To help you gauge the range of prices, call up You can't buy books from this site, but you can comparison-shop using the databases of ABE, Alibris, Amazon, Powell's, Bibliocity and Bibliofind.

The Oregonian, Rewriting Book on How We Shop (April 25, 1999)

For security reasons and customer concerns about confidentiality, Amazon declines to specifically identify where orders go. Visitors to its distribution center are asked not to record or photograph customer invoices. But you can peek into the out-of-print world of Amazon, ABE and Alibris (and Powell's, too) with the help of, a Web-site search tool created by Anirvan Chatterjee, a Cal-Berkeley graduate student.

The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Comparisons take the drudgery out of on-line shopping (April 20, 1999) was one of the earliest comparison services and the best..The aim of is not to get rich. Altruistic founder Anirvan Chatterjee claims to have set up the site to help combat the spread of chain stores and preserve variety in the world of literature.

Publishers Weekly, How the Internet is Transforming the Way Out-of-Print and Antiquarian Booksellers Do Business (April 12, 1999)

Another site, (, allows users to search several of these matching services, along with the Web sites of individual booksellers including Powell's Books and

The New York Times, Finding Lost Cookbooks on the Internet (April 7, 1999)

There is also a search engine of search engines,, run by University of California, Berkeley, students. It includes Advanced, Alibris, Bibliocity, (tells if a book can be bought new) and Powell's in Portland, Ore.

The Omaha World-Herald, Internet Boosts Sales (March 29, 1999)

Internet users can plug into and other book-search Web sites, type in a particular title, and receive a list of used bookstores stocking the book, usually in various conditions and selling for various prices.

Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Buchgesuche (March 19, 1999)

Die Jagd auf Bücher sollte man bei beginnen. Der Bookfinder ist einewerbefinanzierte Metasuchmaschine. Das bedeutet, daß er selbst mehrere Datenbanken -- ABEBooks, Bibliocity, Antiqbook, Yourbooks, Powell's -- vollständig abfragt und zu Vergleichszwecken auch noch gleich den Neupreis anzeigt, falls das gesuchte Buch noch erhältlich sein sollte. Der Bookfinder erspart einem also die Mühe, bei den oben genannten Firmen jeweils einzeln zu suchen. Leider muß die Suchmaschine gesondert abgefragt werden, weil deren Betreiber die Abfrage durch den Bookfinder verbietet. Allerdings lohnt sich die Bücherjagd dort in jedem Fall.

Asimov's Science Fiction, Exit (March 1999) is brought to you by Anirvan Chaterjee, a graduate student at UC, Berkeley...Check it out, but please be careful. Once you go there, you may never return.

Yahoo! Internet Life, Buying Used Books Online (March 1999)

Although it's a search engine and not a shopping site, is an extremely useful service that can help you both find a book and take steps towards purchasing it. It lets you search for authors names, titles, or other key words and then query numerous vendors of both new and used books. BookFinder's scope renders it invaluable resource for the shopper. [**** (four out of four stars)]

The Harbinger (Mobile, Alabama), Collecting Books: Internet Competition Reaps Benefits for Collectors and Booksellers (February 23, 1999)

The Internet is no longer a choice but a necessity for many businesses. Bookstores specializing in collectible books are no exception. Its influence has resulted in more competitive pricing, opened the market to individual sellers, and made books available to collectors that heretofore were not accessible. Many book dealers no longer rely solely on general price guides compiled from bookstore catalogs for estimating the value of average modern first editions, deferring to the Internet as their barometer...Harbinger books are being listed by Advanced Book Exchange (, which is also accessible through the multi-search engine

Information Today, The Web Is a Bibliophile's Dream (February 1, 1999)

What if you need a book that's out of print? ( has a search form that allows you to select 'used/out of print' as an option.

World Wide Web Guide Monthly, Shopping Agents (February 1999)

This powerful book search tool favors independent booksellers, which allows it to find rare books ignored by mega-retailers. An amalgam of booksellers' databases gives you access to more than 8 million volumes. The site has many nice features, including unique search criteria (binding type, first or signed edition, price range, results display format, etc.). Search results return book titles, reviews, prices, descriptions, and seller contact form to send your book request to the seller, which contacts you to seal the deal, or use the shopping cart (not available for all sections)...Pages load fluidly with minimal graphics...Content 10, Design 4, Navigability 7, Links 10, On the Web, book sales are booking (January 31, 1999) the contents of other online bookseller databases for the best bargains, but goes a step further by searching through the contents of independent dealers and smaller bookstores.

The New York Times, Bobbing for Literary Plums on Line (January 14, 1999)

At this point, I decided I needed a meta-search engine. So I went to, a one-stop tool for simultaneously searching a number of large, distinct databases that contain a total of more than 10 million books.

The Los Angeles Times, The Cutting Edge; Cyberspace; Search Bots Can Ease Very Real Frustrations of Online Shoppers (January 11, 1999)

For example, a search for Thomas Pynchon's novel "Gravity's Rainbow" using the ( bot turns up 33 hits ranging from a $7 paperback version with slightly soiled edges to a $4,000 unrevised proof copy of the first edition from William Reese Co.

India Today, Finding Success: Young Indian's Search Engine is a Bestseller (January 11, 1999)

Why would a 21-year-old turn down a job offer from Microsoft? Anirvan Chatterjee has enough reasons. He wanted to pursue his master's programme and, more important, give serious attention to his online book search engine,, started two years ago.

[BOOK] 101 Things To Do In The Year 2000 by Dan Penwell (1999)

Spend an Afternoon in a Used-Book Store: Search here for an out-of-print book:

Book Spot, Antique Books Dust Off a Literary Treasure (1999)

If you're ready to make some purchases, the best place to go is offers all of the major used book searches, including Bibliofind, the Advance Book Exchange, Alibris and Antiqbook, in one spot. It also contains a catalog of new books from Overall, the site represents more than 10,000 booksellers with more than 10,000,000 books in inventory. The search engine is easy to use and information is returned in an easy-to-read table format. The site even links to the glossary of the Advanced Book Exchange, which can help with interpreting all of the literary jargon.

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