Abebooks buys US bookseller host

<p>Online second-hand bookseller AbeBooks.com has bought Chrislands, a US-based business that builds, hosts and maintains online bookstores. The sum paid was not disclosed. It is AbeBooks&#39; fourth acquisition in the past four years.</p><p>Co-founded in 2001 by Lance Christen and Jaymes Sorbel, Chrislands hosts more than 1,000 online bookstores. It builds search engine-friendly stores with inventory uploaded to Google. Chrislands will continue to operate as an independent business but will receive access to AbeBooks&#39; expertise and resources, the company said.<br /><br />&quot;Chrislands is a perfect fit for us - it&#39;s a book-related ecommerce business that is thriving,&quot; said Hannes Blum, chief executive and president of AbeBooks.com. &quot;Lance and Jaymes understand booksellers and the demands of online retailing &ndash; we&#39;re thrilled about working together.&quot;<br /><br />Lance Christen, co-founder of Chrislands, said: &quot;Our customers will feel the benefit of this deal very quickly. Ultimately, we&#39;ll be able to offer a better product by working closely with AbeBooks.com and its affiliated companies. We&#39;re very excited about the future.&quot;<br /><br />The majority of Chrislands&#39; customers are used booksellers in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Chrislands charges a set-up fee of (USD) $199 and then a monthly fee starting at $19.99 per month.<br /><br />In 2004, AbeBooks bought IberLibro.com, a Spanish online marketplace for used and rare books. It acquired BookFinder.com in 2005 and FillZ in 2006.</p>