Abebooks acquires BookFinder.com

<p>Online bookseller Abebooks.com has acquired BookFinder.com, a privately owned US web service which allows readers to search for books and compare prices, for an undisclosed amount.

BookFinder.com, launched in 1997, lets buyers search through more than 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books for sale from booksellers including Amazon, A1Books, Abebooks, Alibris, Barnes&amp;Noble.com, Overstock.com and Powell's Books. BookFinder generates revenue by receiving a commission from purchases that result from a buyer being forwarded to a bookseller's website.

California-based BookFinder and its two staff will continue to operate independently but will have access to Abebooks' resources to develop new features for the site.

"Our goal is to help booklovers find and buy any book from any bookseller anywhere, so the acquisition of BookFinder.com makes perfect sense," said Hannes Blum, Abebooks president and c.e.o.

Abebooks operates five websites selling books from external booksellers. It bought Iberlibro.com, a Spanish online marketplace for books, in 2004 to complement the Abebooks sites for North America, Germany, France and the UK.