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Specialist Literary E-Commerce Vendor

Published 02/13/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Biblio provides book lovers and book sellers with a place to connect. The site is essentially a large used book store that includes items from book sellers all over the world. Biblio was created to encourage literacy and help readers experience the atmosphere of a traditional used book shop on the internet. Users can browse available books on Biblio which are currently for sale through online book sellers. The site provides users with a price comparison tool so they can find out who offers the best prices. Along with the price, users can also see the shipping costs as well as a description of the book that covers condition and other relevant information. Users can also filter by condition, attribute (which includes hard cover, signed, paper back, first editions, with photos, etc.), price range or country. Users can also check out featured list of books on sale, rare books, recent arrivals and text books or browse by book store.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Biblio is based out of Asheville, North Carolina. The site was conceived by people who love books and wanted to go beyond simple ecommerce to bring users a literary experience. The site currently covers more than 5,500 book sellers from all over the world and offers more than 50 million titles, including rare books and unique finds.

What are the differences to other apps?

Biblio is not just another retail website. It was created by people who love books for those with a similar outlook on the literary world. The creators wanted to help users find any kind of book imaginable while encouraging the growth of literacy throughout the world. Biblio also helps support BiblioWorks, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 to supply communities in need with books.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Biblio website looks somewhat like an ecommerce site, with a richer feel and style. The seal shaped logo compliments a leather header and generally warm color scheme. Users can choose one of the navigational links at the top of the page to find specials, recent arrivals, rare books and more. Each book product page includes an image (if available), description of the book, price, edition, condition and comments area that allow users to discuss the book.

How does the registration process work?

New users can create a Biblio account by clicking on the small “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form requires a full name, email address, country location, password and how the user heard about Biblio. Two check boxes are available at the bottom to sign the user up for the Biblio Unbound monthly ezine and periodic special offers and discounts. The discount updates box is automatically selected and must be manually unchecked to opt out of email promotions. After submitting the information, the user is redirected to their account page and can begin using Biblio.

What does it cost to use the application?

Biblio offers a free account for anyone who is willing to fill out the registration form. There are no subscription fees or other charges for using the site. Users will have to spend money should they order books through Biblio, but this is completely optional. There are no order requirements to maintain an account on the site.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Biblio is intended for anyone who loves books. The site goes beyond typical ecommerce to provide a unique atmosphere that nurtures literacy and encourages a celebration of books. Users can browse well-loved books from many online sellers by searching Biblio.

  • Post comments on book pages to hold discussions or share opinions
  • Browse many books, including text books and rare books
  • Review recent sales and promotions
  • Utilize the price comparison list for a specific title
  • Purchase books you find on Biblio

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