Profile: Profile is a one-stop ecommerce search engine that searches
over 125 million books for sale—new, used, rare, out-of-print, and
textbooks. We save book lovers time and money by searching every major
catalog online, and letting them know which booksellers are offering
the best prices and selection. Users can compare prices and buy the
books they like directly from the original seller; we never charge a

The site is part of the
network of book search engines. Since our launch in 1997, our
comparison shopping engine has been the first stop for millions of
online shoppers. We have been recommended in the pages of a wide array
of publications, from the New York Times Book Review to the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian to Vogue Japan. Both Newsweek and Money rated us as their favorite online book shopping site (tied with in both cases).

The network is produced by a
micro-multinational team of voracious bibliophiles based in Berkeley,
California, and Düsseldorf, Germany. Our mission: making it incredibly
simple for fellow readers to find and purchase the books they’re
looking for, be they signed first editions or used paperbacks,
out-of-print rarities or the latest bestsellers.

Our original search technology was developed as a University of
California, Berkeley class project by then 19-year-old college student
Anirvan Chatterjee. We launched in 1997, expanded to new
books in 1999, added multilingual searches in 2001, and started
releasing the Report in 2003. In 2006, we offered
support for global postpaid price comparisons, and introduced the
JustBooks network of European book search engines.


Anirvan Chatterjee, 30, Founder and CEO. Anirvan
originally developed the core technology in 1996 as a
class project when he was a nineteen-year-old student at the University
of California, Berkeley. A lifelong bibliophile, Anirvan is a big
supporter of independent bookstores and a voracious reader—working his
way through a hundred books a year.

Charlie Hsu, 29, Founder and CTO. Charlie holds an
undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of
California, Davis. Charlie teamed up with his long-time friend Anirvan
in 1999 to build the back-end technology that powers
His reading interests include science fiction and medieval history.

Giovanni Soltoggio, 25, Managing Director, Europe.
Giovanni holds a graduate degree in Economics and Management from
Bocconi University in Milan and a Master in international Management
from CEMS. He built his first college used book exchange website in
1997, and joined in 2005 to help develop the JustBooks
network. He enjoys reading books in Italian, German and English.

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