TextBook Exchange Bags Top Honors in Alibris API Contest

Alibris, an online marketplace for Independent sellers of popular, collectible and bargain books, music and movies has announced the winners for its developer contest held in May. The contest invited developers to make innovative use of the Alibris API with prizes for best overall application, Android application, mashup and most fun application.

Liz Deer, COO of Monsoon Commerce, of which Alibris is a division announced the winners. The top honors went to TextBook Exchange written by Brady Emerson. TextBook Exchange is a Facebook application that eases the process of buying and selling textbooks among friends by pulling out purchase and rental prices from Alibris.

The following applications emerged winners in their respective categories. Interestingly, all of them are mobile applications.

  • Best Android application: Shopping Companion for Alibris by Joseph Blough, which lets you search the Alibris inventory and purchase the items.
  • Best Mashup application: AffordABook by Vincent Thomas, an iPhone Application that aggregates data from Alibris in addition to several other bookstores to help you find the lowest prices on books and textbooks.
  • Most Fun application: Web2Voice for Alibris by Robert Oschler, an Android application that allows you to search for books via voice.

An interesting prize that was handed out as part of the contest was one for Most Developer-Friendly code, which went to Rupak Ganguly for his Ruby Wrapper for the Alibris API.

The Alibris API provides access to books, music and movies for sale and various ways to search that data. For more information, please visit the Alibris API profile page.