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Monday, May 23, 2005

Alibris' Manley Up for Award

Alibris CEO Marty Manley is a finalist for the Ernst and Young Northern California Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (press release). The Northern California program is part of E&Y's larger national Entrepreneur of the Year award program. Manley was selected from a whopping pool of 58 nominees. Looking at other finalists, it seems that Alibris is one of the best recognized names of all of the finalists' companies. Given the rather large recent failures of Alibris (IPO, declining revenues, fee restructuring) I wonder on what level Manley could win. He certainly keeps afloat a massive website with an impressive reach in the book business, yet has the past year been a success for Alibris? Without a doubt, he used to have one of the best, if not the best, listings services available, but now that is seriously debatable.