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5th February 2001

(Victoria, BC) - announces the upcoming release of HomeBase2.1 with ISBN Lookup. The world's leading online book search engine is making it easier for booksellers to complete data entry tasks, by adding ISBN functionality to the latest version of its bookstore management software, in a product release set for this spring.

Author, title, illustrator, publisher information, and key words will automatically be listed with books, once the bookseller enters the ISBN number into the new software. The enhancement will make it easier and faster for booksellers to upload books to the web site, helping to cut down costs of data entry, and speeding up the process of doing business online. Because the ISBN numbers will automatically add certain information about books, it will also be easier for customers to find and choose books on the web site - which should further increase booksellers' sales. has chosen Bowker to supply the ISBN numbers in North America and plans to expand the functions internationally. Beta testing for the product will last four weeks, during which time a selected group of booksellers will test the product and report their suggestions for further refinement.

More information and product demos will be available this spring.

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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