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Bookshops On The Internet. Ayesha Taranum National Centre for Science Information (NCSI) Indian Institute of Science Bangalore - 560 012 (E-Mail: ayesha@ncsi.iisc.ernet.in). Concept Of The Bookshops. Development in Web technologies Growth of E-commerce

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Bookshops On The Internet

Ayesha Taranum

National Centre for Science Information (NCSI)Indian Institute of Science Bangalore - 560 012

(E-Mail: ayesha@ncsi.iisc.ernet.in)


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Concept Of The Bookshops

  • Development in Web technologies

  • Growth of E-commerce

  • Increasing popularity and Growth of Internet


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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.


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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)


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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…


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Categorization

  • Bookshops can be categorized as

  • Specialized Bookshops

    • Technical Bookshops

    • Academic Bookshops

  • Multi-disciplinary Bookshops


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    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.


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    Multi-disciplinary Bookstores

    • Deal with Books, Magazines, Audio-visual materials.

    • User community is not specific, open to all.


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    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


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    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


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