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BLACKWELL’S AND TATE SIGN PARTNERSHIP DEALS AS ABEBOOKS.COM CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS ONLINE MARKETPLACE INTO NEW BOOKS

(Victoria, BC - March 18, 2005) AbeBooks, the world’s largest online marketplace for books, has expanded its selection of new books after signing contracts with two UK household names - Blackwell’s and Tate Publishing, the publishing arm of the Tate galleries.

Originally known for its market-leading sales of second-hand, rare, antique and out-of-print titles, the Victoria-based company officially began selling new books last year and now 35 per cent of the top 50 performing booksellers on AbeBooks offer predominantly new books.

AbeBooks currently lists more than 70 million books from 13,000 independent booksellers in 48 countries and sells over 20,000 books each day.

Blackwell’s and Tate will gain immediate access to AbeBooks’ customers around the world through the marketplace of four global websites (AbeBooks.com, AbeBooks.co.uk, AbeBooks.de and AbeBooks.fr).

  • Blackwell’s will list 678,000 titles from its inventory. Founded in Oxford in 1879, it is one of the UK’s oldest booksellers with more than 60 retail outlets in England, Scotland and Wales. It is one of the leading retailers of academic, professional and antiquarian books in the UK.

“AbeBooks is giving us broader access to a global marketplace,” said Philip Blackwell, chairman and CEO of Blackwell’s. “We are excited by the opportunity to extend our unique range and bookselling know-how to the vast numbers of book buyers that AbeBooks’ sites attract. We’re looking forward to a highly productive partnership.”

  • Tate will list over 150 Tate-published titles, including bestsellers such as the Edward Hopper and Turner Whistler Monet, as well as limited edition and collectible books. Tate Modern features Europe’s biggest art bookshop at its Bankside location in London and attracts 4,000,000 visitors each year.

“At Tate, we are committed to reaching as wide an audience as possible with our books on the visual arts and we are delighted at the opportunity provided by this collaboration with AbeBooks,” said James Attlee, Sales and Rights Director, Tate Publishing, London.

AbeBooks launched its .co.uk site in 2002 and it currently lists millions of books from 2,000 independent UK booksellers and publishers.

“We are thrilled to welcome two such prestigious icons to our marketplace,” said Hannes Blum, CEO of AbeBooks. “Blackwell’s and Tate Modern are admired and respected around the world. These partnerships show our commitment to selling new books, to developing relationships with major players in the UK and to increasing our selection for buyers.”

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About AbeBooks
AbeBooks is the world’s largest online marketplace for books, with over 70 million new, second-hand, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by more than 13,000 independent booksellers from around the world. AbeBooks has millions of registered customers who collectively purchase more than 20,000 books a day from its 5 global websites (AbeBooks.com, AbeBooks.co.uk, AbeBooks.de, AbeBooks.fr and Iberlibro.com). A true internet success story, AbeBooks.com has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr., AbeBooks.com
Ph: 250-412-3238
rdavies@abebooks.com

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