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Abebooks, the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books, creates new leadership roles in marketing and customer service.

10th September, 2002

(Victoria, BC) - Abebooks, the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books, today announced the appointments of Susan Connors to vice president, Product & Bookseller Community, and Dr. Boris Wertz to vice president Marketing & Business Development. Both positions report directly to Brent James, president and chief executive officer.

These two positions were created in response to recent outstanding growth in international markets for the Victoria-based company. Abebooks began as an online network of four used-book sellers in 1996, and today is the largest online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books with over 10,000 member booksellers who list 40 million books. This massive book inventory can be searched on each of the four Abebooks websites:,, and the recently launched

Ms. Connors takes the position of vice president, Product & Bookseller Community, and will be responsible for enhancing bookseller communication. "I'm excited about the opportunity to create more of a community atmosphere for Abebooks booksellers. Abebooks has always been a network of booksellers, now we're becoming a community that offers added value to booksellers with features like our new "Bookseller Central" discussion board, and our improved HomeBase software, the free program we provide to help sellers catalogue inventory. "

Ms. Connors' career experience includes computer systems and network management, development and direction of computer training programs, and development of technological initiatives for individuals and corporations. She founded a computer consulting and software training company and has served on a number of committees throughout her career.

Dr. Wertz takes the position of vice president marketing and business development and will be responsible for expanding existing strategic partnerships and building a strong Abebooks brand. "I am pleased to contribute to Abebooks recent success, including our launch of a UK website in August and a partnership with Amazon to provide used books to their Marketplace program. These marketing initiatives are only the beginning."

Dr. Wertz joined Abebooks last year after the company acquired JustBooks, the leading European internet marketplace for used and out-of-print books that was started by Wertz and several partners. Dr. Wertz holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Management, Koblenz, Germany.

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.

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