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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:

"Looks brilliant…bigger screen with all info on it…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


About AbeBooks
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 for booksellers.

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


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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 site.


  • 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 to.

Key Features of AbeBooks HomeBase:

  • Cloning
    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).


  • Integration
    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.


  • Support
    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 versions


  • 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 the installation


  • ISBN Lookup requires Internet access and is only available to AbeBooks.com member booksellers

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