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News Release: November 6, 2003


(Toronto, ON, November 6, 2003)—Abebooks, the world’s largest online marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books, today announced a new program that helps their booksellers list books through the newly-launched Marketplace. The Marketplace program (launched yesterday in
Toronto) enables Canadians to easily buy and sell new, used and collectible merchandise on the same pages where offers the items new.

“When invited us to create a program for their web site, we were ready. Our booksellers had been asking when they could list their used, rare and out-of-print books on Now we’ve created a program to help them do this,” explains Boris Wertz, Chief Operating Officer, Abebooks.

The initiative makes the vast selection of used and rare books offered by Abebooks’ booksellers available to customers in Canada through the Marketplace program. For booksellers it’s a simple way to sell books on The optional Abebooks program uploads books to, simplifies order processing, and pays booksellers each week for books sold. The independent bookseller who takes part will reach’s customer base while still listing books on Abebooks and other sites. In this sense, Abebooks acts as a sales channel manager for the growing group of small, specialty booksellers who list books on multiple websites.

Canadian book buyers will benefit from having more used books to choose from, including secondhand textbooks, used copies of recent paperback bestsellers, rare signed first editions, and out-of-print titles that aren’t available through other retail channels.

“Amazon Marketplace connects buyers and sellers in a whole new way, and creates real value for customers by offering them more choices when making a purchase,” said Marven Krug, general manager, “We are pleased to be able to offer our customers the vast selection available through Abebooks.”

Abebooks already lists books for booksellers on Amazon Marketplace programs in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Booksellers who have joined the optional program report increased sales since their books began appearing on Amazon sites through Abebooks.

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 book buyers 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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