eBooks.com is a long-established, leading e-bookstore, with millions of members around the world. The company is a partner of all the major English language book publishers.
It can be difficult to judge if a website is legitimate or a scam. This is especially important when they want you to provide personal data. There are scams and fraudsters everywhere. But here are some simple ways to assess the trustworthiness of any website, including eBooks.com.
Q: How long have they been in business?
A: Selling ebooks since 2000
In assessing the legitimacy of an e-commerce business, it’s important to check if the vendor has been in business long. Scam websites are popping up and disappearing all the time – and taking users’ credit card details and personal data with them. A site that has only been active for a few months should be approached with caution.
In partnership with the world’s foremost book publishers, eBooks.com has been providing ebooks to individuals and institutions since 2000. The Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine” enables you to view independently-archived copies of eBooks.com’s website from as far back as July 2000. This is a fascinating resource, showing sample pages from our website over two decades.
Q Do they have much traffic?
A: 1,148,323 users per month (that’s quite a lot)
The number of visitors to an online business is a good indication of its legitimacy. Even if a website looks professional and engaging, you should check its traffic before trusting it with your personal data. The more traffic a site has, the more confidence you can have that it is a legitimate business.
Alexa rank is an independent measure of website traffic. It ranks millions of websites in order of popularity, with an Alexa Rank of 1 being the most popular. Alexa Rank reveals how a website is doing relative to all other sites.
You can view eBooks.com’s SimilarWeb rank here and you’ll see that we receive a good volume of visitors from all over the world. The page also provides estimates of eBooks.com’s traffic growth over time, and other interesting metrics.
Q: Do other, respected sites link to them?
A: Yes, 930 independent websites link to eBooks.com
The fact that other, highly regarded companies refer their visitors to a website can give you added comfort as to the legitimacy of that site. According to AHREFs, 16,000 independent websites direct their visitors to eBooks.com. And that includes some of the world’s most respected book publishers, who refer their visitors to us for fulfillment. In total, there are 4.9 million independent web pages out there referring their visitors to us.
Major book publishers link to eBooks.com
Here’s a list of just some of the top-tier publishers who link to us. The links below will take you to a product page on each publisher’s website which, in turn, contains a referring link to eBooks.com.
- Cambridge University Press
- Hachette Book Group
- Macmillan Publishers
- Oxford University Press
- Little, Brown and Company
Q: Are they mentioned in the independent press?
As an ebook industry pioneer, we have featured in major publications and media since our launch in 2000. Here are some recent articles that refer to ebooks.com in our capacity as a recognized ebook retailer:
- The Guardian
- The Washington Post
- Make Use of
- PC World
- The Bookseller
- The Ecologist
- The Straits Times
Q: Are they accredited as ethical?
Ethical Consumer rated eBooks.com the most ethical e-bookseller.