Here's why we've been silent these last few months : marelibri.com
I could put here the official Marelibri.com presentation text, but I won't.
Instead I'd rather talk about the site itself since it's on this particular part I've concentrated my work..
Marelibri is what we've been working on since last June. It's not only a new site between many other more. It's also and mostly the will of five big european sites to collaborate, share their ideas and means. We're not clients or merchants. We are partners in an adventure that we hope, will bring something new in the way of searching and buying antique and modern books on the internet.
We are five different sites, but we share enough values to feel like doing something together. Also because what we do, we've not found it anywhere else.
We wish to try and build something simple as well as powerful, comprehensive and user-friendly.
So, of course, Marelibri and the technology that goes with it are still young. It's not all as we wished yet, but the most important is that we've built the bases to go on without being limited by the tools, but only by our ideas. Marelibri is extensible, and conceived to be improved and grow in the best conditions.
The search engine is based on the tools we set up on LRB last spring, and improved with time. Also, it's not always easy to deal with 3 million books on LRB. Yet, Marelibri is faster with 20 million books and will be able to accept much, much more in the future.
The thematical catalogue is also completely new. Those who know the LRB one well, know it has annoying limitations. The Marelibri one is totally dynamic (updated in real-time following the present books) and has almost no limitation. It is also translated in french, english, spanish and portuguese, so far.
This opens the possibility of new features like the real-time translation for the search by keywords. For example, if you look for gastronomy, the books corresponding to "Gastronomie", "kochkunst", "gastronomia" etc ... will also appear in the results.
This is just one of many examples.
I invite you to try Marelibri and tell me what you think about it. What do you like / dislike? Your ideas? The tools you've been dreaming of and can't find anywhere?
=> firstname.lastname@example.org !