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AbeBooks, the world's largest online marketplace for secondhand, rare and out-of-print books announces partnership with leading UK book wholesaler, Gardners.

25th September, 2002

(Victoria, BC)- AbeBooks, the world's largest online marketplace for secondhand, rare and out-of-print books, today announced a strategic partnership with Gardners Books, one of the UK's leading book wholesalers. The two companies will work together to make AbeBooks' inventory of 40 million books available to bookshops that use the Gardners website.
This new inventory partnership enables the UK and International bookshops that purchase books wholesale from Gardners to access the world's largest inventory of secondhand, rare and out-of-print books on AbeBooks' UK

Commenting on the announcement, Boris Wertz, AbeBooks' vice president of business development and marketing said: "The bookshop business is important for us. For Gardners this partnership offers an additional service for their bookshops, and for bookshops this means they'll be able to offer an additional service to their customers."

Brent James, CEO of AbeBooks notes: "By working together we compliment each other and help members of the public with an interest in books find the right book at the right price."

This partnership comes one month after AbeBooks entered the UK market. The company launched a UK site at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 20 by filling a Mini-BMW with rare books and inviting the public to guess the number inside.

About is the book source for UK booklovers, created by AbeBooks the world's largest online marketplace for secondhand, rare, and out-of-print books. is made up of thousands of booksellers and was created to help UK booksellers share books with UK bookbuyers. Features such as paying in pounds and browsing local bookseller lists help bookbuyers feel at home searching AbeBooks' database of 40 million books.

AbeBooks is a global company with sites for bookbuyers in North America (, Germany (, France (, and the UK ( These sites serve specific countries while making unique book inventories available to all. Through strategic partnerships AbeBooks has become the most important virtual supplier of used books while expanding selling avenues for booksellers

AbeBooks' partnership with Gardners brings more books to UK bookbuyers. AbeBooks' global partnerships with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and eBay/ help UK booksellers reach global markets.

About Gardners
Gardners Books Ltd is the UK's largest book wholesaler. Gardners provide a single source for all UK books to international booksellers with 250.000 stock lines from 2500+ publishers. Gardners provides an interactive website, E-commerce solutions, Gardcall fast track enquiry system, bespoke point of sale service and print on demand options.

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

Ryan Gearing, Gardners Marketing

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