In the beginning of April I had blogged about the apparent disappearance of Bookpool. It's since been by-far my most commented on post ever. I got in touch with my former boss there and got this update from him, so I thought I'd share it here:
I was the person in charge of IT in Bookpool from 1998 to 2008, which means I’m not an employee any more, but I know the site disappeared on March 23 around noon. They called me to shut down all the servers properly in case they revived the company later. The owners moved all the equipment to a location close to Boston, I don’t know the details but it seems to me unlikely that it comes back.
Although it wasn’t my business, I feel very touched by your comments, it’s great to hear that you liked our service so much. Richard said it was like “losing a relative”, and Koko was willing to promise to buy a certain number of books. This is better than hearing our boss saying that we made a good job, thank you!
I had the luck to work with great engineers, like Marc Hughes and others, also the office and warehouse employees (I won’t mention names in case they want to keep anonymity), everyone was awesome and we made a terrific team. We put a lot of hard work to provide the service you got used to. This is why today I feel as sad as you with Bookpool gone.
I agree with you, there should have been some type of notice explaining what happened, unfortunately there was nothing I could do about it, the owners must have a good reason to do things this way.
But not everything is bad news, I was also a fan of the famous Bookpool bookmarks, and I have saved some that I’d be happy to share with you. They’re somewhere in my basement, when I find them I’ll post a note here to distribute them to the people interested.
Regards, Braulio Carreno.