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News Release: December 17, 2003


(December 17, 2003, Victoria, BC) - Abebooks, the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books, today announced the winners of their "Win Your Tuition" contest: Julia Shuffler of Baltimore, Maryland and Adrian Dunn of Elgin, Scotland.

In September 2003, Abebooks launched a "Win Your Tuition" contest for students in North America and the UK. The contest was launched to celebrate the creation of Textbook Central, an area on and that gives students, faculty members, librarians and anyone needing books for school, direct access to over five million used and new textbooks. (

Julia Shuffler and Adrian Dunn were selected as winners from over 300 entrants using a random number generator. Julia is studying Interactive Design and Web Publication at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. Adrian is a student at Moray College in Elgin, Scotland where he studies Environmental and Heritage Studies.

When Ms. Shuffler won she remarked, "Shopping with Abebooks has saved my time, money, and sanity. Now, thanks to the wonderful people at Abebooks, the best part is knowing my next semester is already paid for!"

Textbook Central makes it easy to search for books by subject, ISBN, author, or bookseller location. It also provides a list of textbook price comparisons, and a list of common college reference books. was recently cited as the cheapest place to buy books for school due to discounts of up to 90% compared to new textbooks sold at traditional bookstores.

About Abebooks
Abebooks is the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books with over 50 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 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.

Media Contact:
Marci Crossan
(+1) (250) 412-3258
4-410 Garbally Road
Victoria, BC CANADA

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