is a vertical search website that helps readers buy books online. The site's meta-search engine scans the inventories of over 100,000 booksellers located around the world. Among the books from sellers whose inventories are indexed, users can find the lowest price for a book of their choice from over 150 million volumes available for sale, and purchase titles directly from the bookseller, without a markup.[2][3] The search engine is focused primarily on Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish language titles. logo.jpg
Type of site
Comparison shopping website
OwnerAbeBooks (Amazon)
LaunchedJanuary 30, 1997
Current statusActive
Written inPerl[1] was founded in 1997 by Anirvan Chatterjee, then a student at the University of California, Berkeley; it was one of the earliest vertical search engines for books online.[4] Originally known as MX BookFinder,[4] it was relaunched as in 1998 and established as a standalone company based in Berkeley, California in 1999.

In 2005, was acquired by AbeBooks,[5] which itself was purchased by on August 1, 2008.[6][7] started operating in Europe under the JustBooks brand in 2006. There are currently JustBooks/ portals for France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.[3]


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  2. ^ Maul, Kimberly (March 2, 2007). "Bookfinder: Eliminating obscurity". Archived from the original on June 19, 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "About". Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b Max, D. T. (September 13, 1998). "Want to Buy a Rare Book? Click Here". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Needle, David (November 7, 2005). "Book Sites Unite". InternetNews. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  6. ^ " Acquires AbeBooks" (Press release). Seattle, Washington & Victoria, British Columbia: Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  7. ^ Arrington, Michael. "Amazon To Acquire AbeBooks, And With It A Stake In LibraryThing". TechCrunch.

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