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20th March 2001

(Victoria, BC) - The largest source of out-of-print, secondhand, and antiquarian books on the Internet, is in hot pursuit of the UK's booksellers.

The reason for this attraction is simple. With almost 1,100 of its 7,400 independent booksellers from the United Kingdom, it seems the UK's independent booksellers are setting trends in electronic business. The United Kingdom ranks second (only shy of the United States) in the numbers of booksellers and book buyers from a single geographic region registered with's online database. And the company gets several hundred new buyers from the UK on the site each week.

To make the most of this trend for the London Book Fair, abebooks will demonstrate a new in-store program that will help all bookstores provide for their customers' needs, in terms of out-of-print books or textbooks. Called the BookCase programs, two new Internet-based programs enable bricks-and-mortar stores to offer their customers out-of-print and hard-to-find books through the system. It brings online shopping into a new environment. has also opened up several strategic partnership programs to its members in the United Kingdom over the past two years.

AbeBooks is the world's largest book site, listing over 35 million books. With offices in Canada and Germany, abebooks provides independent booksellers with business support, technological infrastructure and international marketing, enabling booksellers of any size to compete on an equal footing with book superstores. Through its acquisition of Germany's JustBooks, now abebooks Europe, the company now serves over 10,000 member booksellers worldwide via web sites in English, German, and French. AbeBooks was launched on the Internet in May of 1996 and offers consumers the most complete collection of rare, used, and out-of-print books available anywhere.

Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr.,
Ph: 250-412-3238

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