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News Release: November 3, 2003


(Victoria, BC, November 1, 2003)-Abebooks, the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books, today announced the promotion of Boris Wertz to Chief Operating Officer of Abebooks.

Boris moves from his role as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development into this newly created position where his expanded responsibilities include overseeing marketing and business development, customer service, product development, and bookseller communications. "I'm really looking forward to this new challenge," he explained.

Hannes Blum, Abebooks President commented: "Boris understands all the elements of our growing company and can see the future from an international angle. It's a key position to enable our future growth."

Boris Wertz joined Abebooks when JustBooks, the European online book marketplace that he helped found, was acquired in 2001. At JustBooks, Boris was responsible for Marketing, Business Development, IT as well as the international expansion of the company into the UK and France. Before starting JustBooks, Boris successfully finished his PhD as well as his graduate studies at the Graduate School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics / Business Management.

About Abebooks
Abebooks is the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books with over 45 million books listed by 12,000 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 Victoria BC, with websites dedicated to bookbuyers in North America (, the UK (, France (, and Germany ( Through strategic partnerships with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and eBay/, Abebooks has become the most important virtual supplier of used books while expanding sales avenues for booksellers.


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