For immediate release


(Victoria, BC – 31 October, 2007) After more than five years with the world’s largest Internet marketplace for books, Boris Wertz, Chief Operating Officer at, will transition out of his operational role with the company at the end of October.

While continuing as a member of the AbeBooks board and as an advisor on key projects, Boris is creating a Vancouver-based venture capital business with Burda Digital Ventures – the German media company who is the majority shareholder in His new venture will target consumer Internet investment opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.

“Boris has been a key figure in our success over the past five years so we’re sad to see him leave,” said CEO Hannes Blum. “The good news is that he will still be able to make valuable contributions as a member of our board.”

Three existing employees - Laura-Lea Berna, Shaun Jamieson and Thomas Nicol - will take over his responsibilities in a new-look senior management team.

Laura-Lea Berna is promoted to VP of Operations. She has been with AbeBooks since September 2002 in a variety of positions, most recently Director of Customer Support and Operations.

Shaun Jamieson is promoted to Director of Sales and Account Management, and also president of – one of AbeBooks’ subsidiaries. Shaun joined in December 2004 and was Manager of Sales and Account Management and Director of Business development for Fillz.

Thomas Nicol, Director of Marketing since April 2007, takes on additional responsibilities, including a position on the board of – another subsidiary company.

Boris joined in July 2002 after JustBooks, an online marketplace for books that he had co-founded in Germany, was acquired by

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About is the world's largest online marketplace for books, with over 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the world. AbeBooks has millions of customers who purchase up to 25,000 books a day from its 5 global Web sites. A true internet success story, AbeBooks has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Germany and the USA. Internet Retailer magazine ranked AbeBooks at No. 70 among North American online retailers in June 2007.

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