Borders UK launches used-book section online

<p>Borders UK has launched a used, rare and out of print books section on its website to help offer the &quot;greatest range of books possible&quot; to people who may be &quot;cash-strapped&quot;. Borders is working in partnership with second-hand bookseller Alibris to offer 9 million books that may be out of print, out of stock, or hard to find in bookshops.</p><p>Academic bookseller Blackwell signed a similar deal with Alibris in February last year. Borders will also be competing with Amazon and Play.com, which both offer secondhand books.</p><p>Borders UK head of e-commerce Julie Howkins said that the retailer had decided to set up the new offer on its website to &quot;make sure we&#39;re offering our customers the greatest range of books possible&quot;. Howkins added that &quot;cash-strapped parents and students have now got another alternative&quot; for back to school titles.</p><p>Individual product pages now offer second hand books where available along side other variations, such as hardback or e-book. Howkins said that this would insure that customers had the &quot;widest selection possible&quot;.<br /><br />The section launched at the beginning of August, however Howkins said she expects sales to increase with the back to school season.</p>