For release: May 17, 2004
Abebooks Selects Endeca to Help Book Buyers Search and Browse
Worlds Largest Online Book Marketplace
Endeca InFront to Enhance Online Access to Over 50 Million
Books Listed by Independent Sellers on Abebooks.com
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., VICTORIA, BC, May 17, 2004 Endeca, the
leading provider of advanced search and Guided NavigationSM solutions,
announced today that Abebooks, the worlds largest online
marketplace for books, has selected Endeca InFrontâ to power
search and navigation across all of its international sites. Offering
an unmatched collection of over 50 million new, used, rare and
out-of-print titles, Abebooks gives readers, collectors, students
and treasure hunters access to more than 12,000 independent booksellers,
worldwide. The new search and Guided Navigation solution was implemented
in early 2004 and is now live on www.abebooks.com, www.abebooks.co.uk,
www.abebooks.fr, and www.abebooks.de.
As the major book selling chains continue to improve and expand
their online presence, Victoria, British Columbia-based Abebooks
helps independent booksellers improve their competitive position
by listing their books online, and by providing management tools
that help booksellers benefit from a low-cost, online sales channel.
For book buyers, Abebooks provides a truly unique experience,
offering unprecedented quality, breadth and depth of titles, as
well as access to specialty booksellers both locally and around
Abebooks selected Endeca InFront, the market-leading commerce
and e-catalog search, navigation and merchandising platform, to
overcome a fundamental e-commerce challenge: How to provide customers
with quick access to an extremely large and diverse database of
books, without overwhelming the user with uselessly long results
lists. By leveraging Endecas integrated search and browsing
approach, called Guided Navigation, search results are now presented
in context, with dynamically generated navigational links that
can be used to both hone results and explore related areas of
interest. For example, users can now easily narrow results using
criteria such as bookseller location, edition, signed copies,
paperback, hard cover and more.
One of the most critical pieces of information for shoppers is
the current availability of specific books. But with more than
12,000 independent booksellers contributing to the overall collection,
keeping track of current inventory levels can be extremely difficult.
To ensure bookbuyers receive the most relevant information possible
when searching for books, Abebooks is taking advantage of Endeca
InFronts rapid indexing capabilities to complement its own
Abebooks exists to connect bookbuyers and booksellers online.
Next-generation search is enhancing the customer search experience
while improving browser-to-buyer conversion rates and boosting
book sales for our sellers, said Hannes Blum, president
and CEO of Abebooks. Endeca is helping Abebooks improve
its overall search service and increase its value proposition
by meeting the needs of buyers and sellers.
Endeca InFront offers the most advanced, integrated search, navigation,
and merchandising environment available online today. With Endeca
InFront users are able to find what they are looking for and discover
additional results of interest, while retailers benefit from a
more robust, customizable, and easily-managed platform that provides
the fastest time-to-market with almost instantaneous ROI. Powering
the shopping experience and driving sales on more than 100 premier
e-commerce storefronts, Endeca InFront is the search, navigation
and merchandising solution of choice and recognized market leader
among the worlds most popular retailers.
Abebooks offers a classic and compelling example of how
to provide a superior customer experience to a diverse audience,
with a wide variety of needs, said Jim Baum, president and
chief operating officer of Endeca. By delivering a cost-effective
solution that is both versatile and highly scalable, Endeca can
help Abebooks meet todays most pressing needs, while providing
them with a solid platform to both expand their business and continually
offer new benefits to both buyers and sellers.
Endeca offers innovative Endeca Search and Guided NavigationSM
information delivery solutions for companies who need to integrate,
discover, and navigate enterprise data to solve the business problems
associated with information overload. Endeca technology, a winner
of Computerworlds 2003 Innovative Technology Award, is already
at work for leading retail, financial services and business-to-business
companies like Barnes & Noble, Putnam Investments, and Arrow
Electronics. Endeca solutions empower users to explore and discover
relevant relationships in data and find accurate and precise results
with unprecedented speed. This search and navigation technology
can be applied across a wide-range of enterprise and customer
applications including Knowledge Management, Customer Relationship
Management (CRM), customer self-service, analytics, catalogs,
directories, and portal integration. Endeca is a privately held
company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Endeca is an IBM Advanced
Business Partner. For more information, visit www.endeca.com or
contact us at email@example.com.
Abebooks is the worlds largest online marketplace for books.
Abebooks makes it simple and safe to find and buyor list
and sellbooks online. Bookbuyers love the variety of over
50 million new used, rare, and out-of-print books offered by more
than 12,000 independent booksellers. Readers find bestsellers,
collectors find rare books, students find textbooks, and treasure
hunters find books theyve been seeking forever. Booksellers
love Abebooks for providing tools to help them succeed online,
including options for selling via strategic partners (Amazon,
Barnes & Noble), and four sites to reach global markets (Abebooks.com,
Abebooks.co.uk, Abebooks.de, Abebooks.fr).
Abebooks is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with
offices in Düsseldorf, Germany. Abebooks.com was named one
of the top e-business sites at the UN World Summit Awards, 2003.
As a company, Abebooks is changing how books are found, sold,
and shared with the world.
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Marci Crossan, Abebooks
Craig VerColen, Endeca