The first AbeBooks website was launched in 1996. It was not long before the local media in Victoria, British Columbia, began to take notice of the company and report on its rapid growth. Then the media in Vancouver, Toronto and the United States began reporting on how used bookselling was rapidly changing and this company was leading the way.
As the company continued to grow, the media in the United Kingdom, France and Germany also began to take interest in AbeBooks and the books being offered for sale by the independent booksellers using the online marketplace.
Today, AbeBooks is featured in the world’s media on a daily basis. It could be the New York Times, the Times of London, the Los Angeles Times, the Irish Times, the Hindustan Times, Time Magazine or our local newspaper, the Victoria Times-Colonist, who were the first media to tell the AbeBooks’ story. Journalists, on the whole, are book people and many important writers and critics are also customers of ours.
It’s common to see the media recommending AbeBooks as the perfect place to find an out-of-print, obscure or rare book . Journalists are also fascinated to see AbeBooks’ monthly most expensive lists and how buyers can find books that have not been stocked in mainstream bookshops for decades. We always smile after seeing a major author recommend AbeBooks during an interview with a journalist. The Weird Book Room has been written about from Brisbane to London. Personal finance journalists and college newspapers also frequently recommend AbeBooks for affordable textbooks.
Today, you will find AbeBooks being mentioned on Twitter, written about in the blogosphere by journalists and ordinary booklovers, and featured in countless Facebook updates. Reading Copy, AbeBooks’ own blog, provides a daily insight into the book world from our staff but we also have a very active presence on Twitter.