For release: March 12, 2004
From High Street To High Tech: Oxfam To Sell Secondhand Books
Online Via Abebooks.co.uk
(Oxford England & Victoria BC, Canada, March 12, 2004)--Oxfam
has become Europe's biggest secondhand book retailer and is now
to begin selling books online at www.oxfam.org.uk/books through
a partnership with Abebooks, the world's largest online market
place for secondhand, rare and out of print books.
Oxfam shops across the UK are now able to list their secondhand
books online with Abebooks and reach an international market of
book buyers. "It's like opening a window onto the bookshelves
of an Oxfam bookshop," explains Hannes Blum, Abebooks Chief
Executive Officer. "Now the millions of booklovers who visit
Abebooks each day, whether they're in Idaho or Iceland will be
able to buy the books carried by Oxfam shops in the UK."
Donated books have become a strong revenue source for Oxfam's
work in the fight against poverty and suffering. In 2002 Oxfam
sold over 12 million books raising over £13 million pounds.
In 2004 Oxfam aims to raise £250,000 from online book sales.
Murray Winters, Oxfam's Business Development Manager describes
how the partnership came about: "Oxfam bookshop staff have
been using Abebooks to value and price books for several years,
so it was a natural progression for us to start selling books
online through them. Some collectible books have a high value
in countries other than the UK so this partnership means we can
get the best price for a book and therefore raise the most money
for Oxfam's work."
Lily Caswell, manager of the Oxford Oxfam bookshop, one of the
first to take part in online book selling, said: "We can
sell books online through Abebooks that wouldn't have a market
on the high street. Typically this would be a specialist, rare
or highly sought after book, which can command a higher price
online than if sold in a high street store. For example we've
had buyers from Korea, Australia and the US."
Oxfam bookshops join good company: over 2,000 quality booksellers
in the UK list their books on Abebooks, ranging from collectible
dealers such as Bernard Shapiro Fine Books and Simon Finch Books
in London, to smaller booksellers who sell books as a part-time
Abebooks is the world's largest online marketplace for secondhand,
rare, and out-of-print books with over 50 million books listed
by over 12,000 booksellers. Abebooks is a global company with
sites dedicated to book buyers in North America (Abebooks.com),
the UK (Abebooks.co.uk), France (Abebooks.fr) and Germany (Abebooks.de).
Through strategic partnerships Abebooks has become the most important
virtual supplier of used books while expanding selling avenues
for booksellers. Abebooks strives to be the world's best book
source where book buyers and sellers find books they want at prices
Oxfam GB is a development, relief, and campaigning organisation
dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering
around the world. More information at www.oxfam.org.uk Oxfam's
Trading Division has grown to be the largest charity network in
the country, with over 750 shops, including 60 specialist bookshops.
Oxfam is Europe's biggest retailer of second-hand books.
Marci Crossan, Abebooks Media Relations Tel: (+1) 250 412-3258
Katie Abbotts, Oxfam Media Unit Tel: + 44 1865 312334