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11th March, 2003

Abebooks—the world's largest online marketplace for secondhand, rare, and out-of-print books—launches their “Across Europe with 40 Million Books” Bus Tour at the London Book Fair this weekend.

(LONDON) March 11, 2003—-Abebooks, the world's largest online marketplace for secondhand, rare, and out-of-print books launches a five–country bus tour across the UK and Europe to celebrate reading.

The tour launch takes place at the London Book Fair on Sunday March 16 with a contest inviting the public and fair attendees to “Find Your Favourite Book” at the Abebooks bus, parked outside the fair entrance on Olympia Way. The Abebooks red, double-decker bus will be festooned with four large lists showing the titles and authors of over one-thousand popular English-language novels.

People are invited to vote at the bus for their favourite book or vote online at All entries go into a draw to win a weekend for two in Paris, Berlin or London. Final results of the vote will be posted on April 15 on

Boris Wertz, Abebooks VP of marketing and business development, describes the thinking behind the event: ”We want to celebrate reading by celebrating the great selection of books that have been written. Since reading is a solitary thing, we also want to bring booklovers together. People often refer to Abebooks as a community. This tour is one way to celebrate that.”

In addition, Abebooks has partnered with Book Aid International, a London-based charity that supports readers and libraries in the developing world by providing secondhand books. For each vote that is made online, Abebooks will donate one pound to Book Aid to assist with their efforts in sub-saharan Africa.

About Abebooks
Abebooks is the world’s largest online marketplace for secondhand, rare, and out-of-print books with over 40 million books listed by over 10,000 booksellers. Abebooks connects those who buy books with those who sell books, providing abundant selection at affordable prices.

Abebooks is a global company based in Canada with sites dedicated to bookbuyers in North America (, France (, Germany (, and the UK ( These domestic sites serve specific countries while making unique book inventories available to all. Through strategic partnerships with Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Abebooks has become the most important virtual supplier of used books while expanding selling avenues for booksellers.

About Bookaid International
Book Aid International provides books for readers of all ages in 40 of the poorest countries in the world. We provide books for schools, mobile and community libraries, hospitals, refugee camps and a range of other organisations working to support education and training. We strive for a sustainable solution to the problem of book shortages and run a range of projects which include training and networking opportunities for key players in the African book trade industry.

For more information, please contact:

Marci Crossan,
Abebooks, Manager of Marketing & Communications
#4 - 410 Garbally Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada V8T 2K1

Booth #U61 at the London Book Fair (tel: 001 250 884 0338)
Tel: 00 1 250 884-0338
Fax: 00 1 250 475 6014

Kate Mulkern
Head of Fundraising
Book Aid International
39-41 Coldharbour Lane
London SE5 9NR UK

Tel: 00 44 (0) 20 7733 3577
Fax: 00 44 (0) 20 7978 8006
Charity No. 313869

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Marci Crossan
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Tel: +1-250-412-3258
Fax: +1-250-475-6014

#4 - 410 Garbally Rd.
Victoria, BC
V8T 2K1