Waterstone's rolls out secondhand bookstore

<p>Waterstone&#39;s has become the latest online bookseller to begin selling secondhand books with the launch of Waterstone&#39;s Marketplace. The chain has also unveiled an online DVD store, and a &quot;tickets&quot; shop described as &quot;an exciting way to buy tickets for hundreds of great events nationwide&quot;.</p><p>Waterstone&#39;s has launched a standalone Marketplace site in conjunction with Alibris, the giant online bookshop that sells used and rare books via a network of independent bookellers. In addition, individual book searches on the Waterstone&#39;s site now show secondhand copies, which are available to buy via a marketplace link.</p><p>Waterstone&#39;s said the development meant it could offer &quot;access to tens of millions of items stocked by independent sellers from 45 countries around the world&quot;. Featured shops on the marketplace site include, Bailey Hill Book Shop, Castle Cary, Somerset; Literary Cat Books and Prints, Wales; Cromer Books; and Spinetinglers, <span class="bea-portal-theme-alibrisMain"><span class="bea-portal-theme-alibrisInvisible">Ballygowan</span></span>.</p><p>Academic bookseller Blackwell signed a similar deal with Alibris in February last year. Borders made the same deal in September thus year. Waterstone&#39;s will also be competing with Amazon and Play.com, which both offer secondhand books.</p><p><span class="bea-portal-theme-alibrisMain"><span class="bea-portal-theme-alibrisInvisible">Alibris offers its affiliates a baseline 5% commission which can increase to 7.5% dependent upon sales. Any purchase made within 30 days of initial clickthough, will also pay out a commission. </span></span></p><p>Waterstone&#39;s tickets offers &quot;exclusive tickets offers on The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, Oliver!, A Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Legally Blonde - The Musical and The Shawshank Redemption&quot;. Meanwhile, Waterstone&#39;s DVD store is selling DVDs from &quot;as little as &pound;3.99&quot;.</p>