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Type of site
Comparison shopping website
OwnerAbeBooks (Amazon)
LaunchedJanuary 30, 1997
Current statusActive
Written inPerl[1]

BookFinder.com 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.

BookFinder.com 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 BookFinder.com in 1998 and established as a standalone company based in Berkeley, California in 1999.

In 2005, BookFinder.com was acquired by AbeBooks,[5] which itself was purchased by Amazon.com on August 1, 2008.[6][7]

BookFinder.com started operating in Europe under the JustBooks brand in 2006. There are currently JustBooks/BookFinder.com portals for France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.[3]


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  2. ^ Maul, Kimberly (March 2, 2007). "Bookfinder: Eliminating obscurity". TheBookseller.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "About BookFinder.com". BookFinder.com. 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. ^ "Amazon.com Acquires AbeBooks" (Press release). Seattle, Washington & Victoria, British Columbia: Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  7. ^ Arrington, Michael. "Amazon To Acquire AbeBooks, And With It A Stake In LibraryThing". TechCrunch.

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