For immediate release: July 15, 2003
ABEBOOKS LAUNCHES HOMEBASE 2.3, THE POPULAR SOFTWARE PROGRAM
FOR MANAGING BOOKSTORE INVENTORIES OR HOME LIBRARY COLLECTIONS
AbeBooks, the world's largest online used book marketplace,
has enhanced its free software program and offers new versions
in French and German
(Victoria, BC and Dusseldorf, Germany)- AbeBooks, the world's
largest online marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books,
announces the launch of AbeBooks HomeBase 2.3, an enhanced version
of the popular bookstore inventory management software.
In addition to new features such as Price Comparison and Export
options, HomeBase 2.3 now includes French and German versions
to assist booksellers who operate in these languages.
Sue Connors, AbeBooks VP of Bookseller Community, explains: "AbeBooks
HomeBase 2.3 is a complete solution for bookstore management.
We traveled the world speaking to booksellers, gathering their
requests. We built this version to make it easy for booksellers
to manage their business, whether they sell on the Internet or
in a shop. It's everything you need to run a bookstore."
Booksellers that have tried HomeBase 2.3 are happy with the enhancements:
bigger screen with all info on
book price comparison is now soooo easy. This alone will
save me 30% of the time it used to take me. This one big improvement
makes my day. Well done!" Philip Israel, Leura Books,
New South Wales Australia
HomeBase was first developed in 1996 to help booksellers keep
track of their books and prepare them for listing on the Internet.
Today the software streamlines every aspect of bookselling: from
maintaining bookstore inventories, to issuing receipts, creating
invoices, and assisting with selling books online.
HomeBase is available at no charge to anyone wishing to use it.
It is used by professional booksellers and small collectors alike,
and has been endorsed by other online sellers such as Amazon.
It runs on a PC with Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me (64 MB of RAM)
or Windows NT/2000/XP, and can be easily downloaded from www.abebooks.com
AbeBooks is the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare,
and out-of-print books. Bookbuyers love the variety and selection
of 40 million books, offered by 10,000 booksellers who list on
AbeBooks. Booksellers love AbeBooks for providing the tools to
help them succeed online and dedicated customer support. AbeBooks
is a global company with sites in North America (AbeBooks.com),
Germany (AbeBooks.de), France (AbeBooks.fr), and the UK (AbeBooks.co.uk).
Through strategic partnerships AbeBooks has become the most important
virtual supplier of used books while expanding selling avenues
Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr., AbeBooks.com
Overview of AbeBooks HomeBase
AbeBooks Homebase Makes it Possible to:
Create and Maintain a Bookstore Inventory Database
A bookseller can add new books, mark books as sold, and store
information ranging from Author, Title, and Price to what shelf
the book is on in their bookstore or library
- Manage "Wants"
"Wants" are books that a bookseller or collector is
looking for (for themselves or for their clients) but are unable
to find. An AbeBooks.com bookseller can create "Wants"
and the system matches them with books recently loaded on the
- Organize Catalogues
Booksellers or collector that have a variety of specialties or
inventory that can be grouped together can use the catalogues
feature to get organized.
- Produce and Manage Invoices
This feature gives booksellers the ability to issue receipts for
books sold on the Internet or through a bookstore.
- Keep Track of Clients
An important feature allows booksellers or collectors to update
and maintain records for clients, or people they have lent books
Key Features of AbeBooks HomeBase:
This feature allows users to duplicate existing book information
and modify it to reduce time in data entry (For example, when
listing an additional copy of a book already entered but that
needs a change to the condition description).
- Sticky Fields
Another time saving feature that allows fields to remember previously
entered information (For example, if entering several books by
the same author or publisher).
Seamless integration with AbeBooks.com allows AbeBooks member
booksellers to upload books and wants with the click of a button.
- ISBN Lookup
ISBN Lookup makes it possible for AbeBooks member booksellers
to save time on data entry. They can enter an ISBN into the appropriate
field, click the "ISBN Lookup" button, and within moments
retrieve extensive and accurate information.
Free technical support for AbeBooks member booksellers.
Enhancements and Updates to AbeBooks HomeBase 2.3
- Export: Export books, clients, wants, invoices and
catalogues for easier reporting and data management
- Price Comparison: Compare prices for up to 20 similar
books listed on AbeBooks
- New Languages: AbeBooks HomeBase now available in German,
French and English
- New Look: A modern, clean look and feel replaces earlier
- Updated Help: An improved Help area lets users maximize
their use of HomeBase
- Live Update: Users can ask to be reminded of ongoing
updates and new releases
System Requirements for AbeBooks HomeBase 2.3
A PC running Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me (64 MB of RAM)
or Windows NT/2000/XP (128 MB of Ram is advisable)
- 25 MB of free hard-drive space to download and perform
- ISBN Lookup requires Internet access and is only available
to AbeBooks.com member booksellers