announced on 1 August 2008, subject to closing conditions, it had reached an agreement to acquire AbeBooks. Read the press release. At our mission is to help people find and buy any book from any bookseller anywhere.

AbeBooks, the world’s largest online marketplace for books, lists millions of new, used, rare, and out of print books from thousands of booksellers. This great selection delivers value for all: readers find bestsellers, collectors find rare books, students find textbooks, and treasure hunters find books they’ve been seeking forever.

Booksellers love AbeBooks for providing the tools to help them succeed online. AbeBooks offers a range of services including dedicated support, HomeBase inventory management software, and five international sites to reach global markets (,,,,, In November 2005, AbeBooks acquired - a leading price comparison shopping service dedicated to books. In February 2006, FillZ, a book inventory and order management company that helps booksellers offer books through online marketplaces, was acquired. In May 2006, AbeBooks took a 40% stake in – a book cataloguing and social networking site for bibliophiles. In February 2008, AbeBooks launched - a new no-frills, low-cost online marketplace for used, rare and out of print books in emerging markets. Sweden and Russia were the first markets to be served. In April 2008 AbeBooks acquired - a service that builds, hosts and maintains online bookstores.

By creating a secure and easy-to-search database and maintaining high standards, AbeBooks has established a dynamic online marketplace for books, and a community that booklovers return to, again and again.

AbeBooks is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with a European offices in Düsseldorf, Germany. was named one of the top e-business sites by the United Nations at the World Summit Awards in Geneva, 2003. As a company, AbeBooks is changing how books are found, sold, and shared with the world.

AbeBooks at-a-glance

- Based in Victoria, B.C., Canada and Düsseldorf, Germany.
- Incorporated in 1995. Web site launched 1996.
- More than 110 million titles listed.
- Thousands of booksellers.
- Booksellers pay a subscription fee to list their books.
- Monthly subscription rates range from $25 to $500 USD, depending on the number of books listed.
- 135 employees and growing!

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