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News Release: February 11, 2004

ABEBOOKS.COM LAUNCHES “LIBROS EN ESPAÑOL” TO SERVE THOSE WHO READ, SELL OR COLLECT SPANISH-LANGUAGE BOOKS AND AUTHORS—the popular website for used, rare and out-of-print books—celebrates the launch of a new area on the website that features Spanish language books, booksellers, and authors.

(VICTORIA, BC, February 11, 2004)—AbeBooks, the world’s largest online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books, today announced the launch of “Libros en Español” a new area on dedicated to Spanish language books and authors. This new area makes it easy to find and buy—or list and sell—books of interest to Hispanic and Latino readers and collectors, in Spanish and in English.

Hannes Blum, chief executive officer of AbeBooks explains, “We’ve created a page for the growing community of people who read and collect these books. This is our invitation to Hispanic and Latino communities in North America and around the world to adopt AbeBooks as their “online home” for a broad selection of Spanish-language books and authors.”

By working with book sellers and collectors in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, the United States and Canada who already list their books on, AbeBooks was able to create a page that provides quick and easy access to a wide selection of books by Latino, Hispanic and Spanish authors, as well as books that focus on Hispanic history, biography, language, culture and academic studies. These include new, used, rare, and out of print books, as well as maps, prints, magazines and comics in English and in Spanish.

Miguel Miranda, a bookseller in Madrid Spain, who sells Spanish-language books on explains: "Spanish language is more important every day, with millions of people united by the same tongue. The great classic books from Spain combined with the brilliant latin american literature mix together to form a very rich selection. Now it’s possible to search all these books and authors on one site."

“Libros en Español”, located at, currently lists 200,000 books from the AbeBooks database of 50 million books. One goal of the page is to spotlight the great authors and literature of Latin America, just as Oprah Winfrey’s recent book club choice (“One Hundred Years of Solitude”) has drawn attention to Latin American author Gabriel García Márquez.

To launch the new page AbeBooks is inviting everyone—especially members of Hispanic and Latino communities—to visit “Libros en Español” and tell people the name of a favorite Spanish-language book or author. Everyone who does so will be entered in a draw for a collectible, Spanish-language copy of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez valued at over $500. The visitors will also receive a thank you gift from AbeBooks. (Entries will be accepted until April 1; the draw takes place April 2, 2004.)

About AbeBooks AbeBooks is the world’s largest online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books with over 50 million books listed by over 12,000 booksellers. AbeBooks connects those who buy books with those who sell books, providing abundant selection at affordable prices. AbeBooks is a global company with sites dedicated to book buyers in North America (, France (, Germany (, and the UK ( These domestic 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.


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