Bookshops On The Internet Ayesha Taranum National Centre for Science Information (NCSI)Indian Institute of Science Bangalore - 560 012 (E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Concept Of The Bookshops • Development in Web technologies • Growth of E-commerce • Increasing popularity and Growth of Internet
The Growth • Virtual doors of the bookshops in the west opened in the early 90’s. • Attributed to the availability of multi-faceted business software • Providing e-commerce solutions to inventory control and complete back office functions.
The Growth… • Books.com was the first store to go online in the year 1992 • Initially as a modem accessible site (1992), Telnet accessible site (1993) and the web-site was launched in Oct. 1994 • Amazon.com was launched in the 1995, Barnes and Nobles opened their virtual doors in 1996 (this is the 25th largest site among all the website)
Guides To The Bookstores • Bizweb Category http://www.bizweb.com/keylists/publishing.bookseller.html • Bookwire Index http://www.bookwire.com/index/General-Booksellers.html • Vlib.org (Asian bookstores) http://www.ciolek.com/WWWVLPages/AsiaPages/VLBookshops.html • Selected Bookstores http://archive.comlab.ox.ac.uk/publishers/bookstores.html And many many more…
Categorization • Bookshops can be categorized as • Specialized Bookshops • Technical Bookshops • Academic Bookshops • Multi-disciplinary Bookshops
Specialised Bookstores • Technical bookstores are specialized bookstores dealing with a particular subject and their clientele are selected few. • Academic bookstores are those which are housed in the institutions, catering to the needs of the academic community be it school, college or university.
Multi-disciplinary Bookstores • Deal with Books, Magazines, Audio-visual materials. • User community is not specific, open to all.
Features • Basic features of an online stores are : • Search and browse interface for the store database based on keywords, author, titles, audio-video materials, toys, games etc. • Reviews, Chats, Auctions • Newsletters • Store Events, • Shopping Carts and Rules
Useful Services • Comparison of prices of documents in different online store. Web sites which support this are : • http://isbn.nu • http://www.bestbookbuys.com • http://www.acses.com • http://www.Booksearchengine.com