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2014-06-02 12:33:24

MANCHESTER, England, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Online auction marketplace eBay has topped the poll for most popular trading channel of 2014, according to an online trading survey conducted by Parcel2Go. With 461 of the 607 respondents reported to sell online using the channels of eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Abebooks, Yahoo shopping and Craigslist, a remarkable 96.7 per cent listed eBay as their preferred trading channel. When analysing the selling habits of those...

2011-05-10 05:03:00

EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsoon Commerce, Inc., the premier provider of online marketplace solutions for sellers and retailers, announced today that representatives from the industry's biggest marketplaces and eCommerce organizations will be attending its annual user conference, which will be held July 6-8, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. The Monsoon Conference (MonCon) is a yearly event that brings together online sellers from around the US and beyond. (Logo:...

2008-08-28 06:00:36

Online bookseller Amazon.com has acquired Shelfari, an online site combining books and social networking owned by Seattle start-up Tastemakers. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Shelfari, in which Amazon invested $1m in when it was founded in October 2006, allows users to create virtual bookshelves of favorite titles and share them with friends. It also allows readers to post reviews and ratings of books. Josh Hug, co-founder of Shelfari, said: "We look forward to...

2008-08-27 12:00:00

Amazon.com wants to add some social media savvy to the growing e-book business that's helping justify its lofty share price. On Aug. 26, online bookseller Amazon (AMZN) said it bought Web site Shelfari, owned by Seattle startup Tastemakers, for an undisclosed sum. Shelfari, which Amazon had already funded, lets users organize online book groups and create "virtual shelves" of titles to share recommendations with fellow readers, who post profiles of themselves and tout their literary tastes....

2008-08-01 09:00:26

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that, subject to closing conditions, it has reached an agreement to acquire AbeBooks. AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books, with over 110 million primarily used, rare and out-of-print books listed for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the world. "As a leader in rare and hard-to-find books, AbeBooks brings added breadth and expanded selection to our customers worldwide," said Russell Grandinetti, vice president of...

2005-10-18 08:24:27

By Jeffrey Goldfarb, European Media Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - Just as publishers embark on their annual hunt for the hottest new titles, they are being confronted with worrying evidence about how easy it is for readers to buy those same books secondhand on the cheap. A first-of-its-kind study on used books reveals that sales last year topped $2.2 billion in the United States -- an 11 percent gain from 2003 -- and represented 8.4 percent of total consumer spending on books. "I...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'