EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1277 - May 11, 2006     2 of 4

Book-selling Site Alibris Acquired by Oak Hill

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Private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners has acquired Alibris, an online marketplace for used, hard-to-find and specialty books, music and videos. Alibris CEO Martin Manley will serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Alibris COO Brian Elliott will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur within several weeks, and terms were not disclosed.

"Oak Hill Capital has built an unusually deep knowledge of secondary book markets, ecommerce, and the challenges of global distribution," said Alibris' CEO Martin Manley. "They know this market and are committed to helping us grow internationally, strengthen our movie and music business, and increase consumer awareness of our website."

Founded in 1998, Alibris offers over 60 million used, new and out-of-print books to consumers, libraries and retailers from its independent sellers. Through a single interface, Alibris sellers gain access to multiple sales channels including Barnes & Noble, Borders,, Books-A-Million, and Alibris' own retail site.

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