ABEBOOKS "BOOKSLEUTH" SERVICE HELPS READERS FIND LONG
AbeBooks.com-the world's largest online marketplace for used,
rare, and out-of-print books-is helping booklovers find books
they never thought they would find.
20th November, 2002
(Victoria, BC)-AbeBooks, the world's largest online marketplace
for used, rare and out-of-print books, today announced that their
free BookSleuth service has helped over 500 people find long lost
"Since quietly launching BookSleuth in August we've had
an astounding response from book searchers around the world. We've
had people in Auckland, New Zealand helping people in Mississippi
find a favorite book from their childhood that they want to read
again," explains Brent James, AbeBooks CEO.
The BookSleuth feature helps people who can only remember a few
details about a book, such as part of the story or the name of
a character, but who have forgotten the title or author. This
feature expands AbeBooks traditional service, which is helping
people find used, rare and out-of-print books by title, author,
or key word.
To use BookSleuth, people simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
listing the details they can remember about a book. This BookSleuth
"puzzle" is posted on AbeBooks.com and readers from
around the world help solve the puzzle to find the book. A recent
BookSleuth example began with a book searcher in the UK who wrote:
"As a little girl in the late 70's I read a book about a
young boy who lived with his aunt or grandmother. A magician was
coming to town to bring back from the dead an infamous outlaw
named Crooked Neck John. It's a funny little book, with great
characters that I would love to read to my little girls."
This BookSleuth puzzle was solved in under a week by a reader
in New South Wales, Australia who knew the book was The Ghost
on Saturday Night by Sid Fleischman. AbeBooks.com had 133 copies
ranging in price from a used copy at eighty cents to a first edition
collector copy at thirty dollars.
Part of BookSleuth's appeal is that it's a free service and a
great example of booklovers helping each other on the Internet.
"It's a rare, free, service and it's been a big hit. Basically
it's booklovers helping booklovers," adds James.
The BookSleuth service is also available on the AbeBooks UK website,
www.abebooks.co.uk as well as in German and French at www.abebooks.de
AbeBooks is the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare,
and out-of-print books. AbeBooks connects those who buy books
with those who sell books, providing abundant selection at affordable
AbeBooks is a global company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with
websites dedicated to bookbuyers in North America (AbeBooks.com),
the UK (AbeBooks.co.uk), France (AbeBooks.fr), and Germany (AbeBooks.de).
These domestic sites serve specific countries while making unique
book inventories available to all. Through strategic partnerships
with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and eBay/Half.com, AbeBooks has
become the most important virtual supplier of used books while
expanding selling avenues for booksellers.
AbeBooks strives to be the world's best book source where book
buyers and sellers find books they want at prices they love.
Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr., AbeBooks.com