AbeBooks.com Family grows by Acquisition

Victoria’s AbeBooks.com grew its family of companies today with the acquisition of Virginia-based Chrislands – a business that builds, hosts and maintains online bookstores. Chrislands was co-founded in 2001 by Lance Christen and Jaymes Sorbel and currently hosts more than 1,000 online bookstores. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Online stores hosted by Chrislands boast complete e-commerce functionality including a full inventory search, shopping cart, and secure order processing. Chrislands builds search engine-friendly stores with inventory uploaded to Google. Each site has administration tools that allow users to easily maintain and update the store without specialized computer knowledge.

Chrislands will continue to operate as an independent business but will receive access to AbeBooks’ expertise and resources. For instance, Chrislands-hosted stores will soon have the capability of including their inventory in AbeBooks’ BookFinder.com search results.

AbeBooks.com is the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books with more than 110 million books for sale from 13,500 booksellers. This purchase continues AbeBooks’ strategy of acquiring sites that are complementary to their primary business. Acquisitions since 2004 include IberLibro.com, BookFinder.com, and FillZ.com.

Disclosure: Techvibes Media Inc. Director Boris Wertz is on the Board of AbeBooks.com.