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American Booksellers Association and Monsoon Commerce Solutions Announce Strategic Alliance to Help Booksellers Compete Online

Entities align to provide greater service to booksellers online, increase sellers' sales

EMERYVILLE, CA—February 3, 2011— Monsoon Commerce Solutions (MCS), the leading provider of online marketplace-based solutions for sellers and retailers, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) today announced a strategic partnership that will provide booksellers with increased opportunities to grow their online sales.

ABA members can now sign up with MCS' powerful online selling software solutions like Monsoon Seller Edge and Seller Pro at a reduced fee and use these proven services to expose their inventory to millions of book buyers via the more than one dozen online marketplaces supported by MCS including, Barnes & Noble, eBay, and more. Members will have the choice of listing their inventory in as many of these partner retail websites as they desire using MCS's desktop or hosted software.

"This partnership highlights the MCS commitment to providing the best online solutions available to the market, whether a store is small, large, or somewhere in between," stated Brian Elliott, CEO of Monsoon Commerce Solutions. "Over 100 ABA members already use one or more of our services, and we're excited to help even more ABA members grow their sales."

"We're delighted to partner with Monsoon Commerce Solutions to help our members distribute their used inventory to a variety of key online markets," said Len Vlahos, chief operating officer for the ABA. "MCS offers a powerful suite of tools to help indie booksellers maximize sales and profits in this space."

About Monsoon Commerce Solutions

Monsoon Commerce Solutions helps online sellers and retailers grow their sales through online marketplaces. The company offers the industry's most advanced—and most successful—selling solutions and tools for retailers and merchants.

Monsoon Commerce Solutions leverages the technology, industry expertise, and global logistics capabilities of two online marketplace leaders: Alibris and Monsoon. Together, Monsoon Commerce Solutions drives sales growth for customers through three business groups: Selling Solutions, Marketplace Services, and Alibris Retail. Learn more at

About American Booksellers Association

Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit trade organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members -- independently owned bookstores with storefront locations -- through education, information dissemination, business products and services, and advocacy. ABA exists to protect and promote the interests of independent retail book businesses, as well as to protect the First Amendment rights of every American. The association actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that support local and independent retail shops. A board of nine booksellers, representing thousands of members, governs the Association. ABA is headquartered in Tarrytown, New York.

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