Booku - pronounced book-oo - is an eBook download website operated by Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd, a company that also operates leading Australian online bookstore Boomerang Books.
The company's intent for Booku is for it to become Australia's leading online destination for people who read eBooks.
A Short History
Eclipse's flagship brand, Boomerang Books, was founded in April 2002. It was the brainchild of husband and wife team, Clayton and Jodi Wehner. Clayton, a serving Army officer at the time, was keen to start an internet business and Jodi came up with the catchy name.
Since 2002, the business has grown from strength-to-strength and Boomerang Books has become one of Australia's leading online bookstores. In November 2009, joint venture company Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd took ownership of Boomerang Books.
Booku was launched by Eclipse on 1 March 2011 as a new foray into the growing eBook market in Australia. Booku is powered by US-based company OverDrive Inc., which provides world-class infrastructure for distributing premium digital content.
The Story behind the Name
Why did we choose to call this website Booku? A couple of reasons:
- We liked the fact that Booku will be providing books (in electronic format) to you - 'book-u';
- The word 'booku' (pronounced 'boo-koo') means to have a lot of something, and it is certainly our intention to offer 'booku' eBooks via our website;
- The name is short and recognisable; and
- The clincher - we could get our hands on the .com domain name.
Social and Environmental Obligations
Booku's parent company Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd is socially and environmentally aware: Boomerang Books is Australia's first carbon neutral online bookstore; we are a proud member of the Australian Made Retail Supporter Program; and we are active members of the Australian Booksellers Association. Through its Booku brand, Eclipse supports sustainable, environmentally-friendly reading through electronic delivery and consumption of book content.
Our Team and Locations
The Eclipse team consists of:
- Clayton Wehner - General Manager / Managing Director / Ideas Man
- Steven Tein - Chief Technologist / Director
- Martine Valentin - Design Guru / Director
Our team operates in Canberra.
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 392
WALKERVILLE SA 5081