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17th January 2001

(Victoria, BC) - Great novels entice us all - but some of us delve deeper, with a passion to seek out the stories behind the books. Thousands of book lovers across the U.S. seek to know more about the detailed craftsmanship behind the book itself, to trace select authors or subjects through their best (and worst) manifestations, and even to trade coveted early-editions of great books on international markets.

To help foster this great love for old books,, the world's leading source for out-of-print, secondhand, and rare books, announces upcoming book collecting seminars to be held this February 17th and 18th in San Francisco. presents book-industry veteran David Gregor to facilitate the classes.

"The majority of people involved in the collecting of books today are as varied in their social, financial, and educational background as are the subject areas in which they are interested," Gregor said. "Book collecting is most certainly a passion. It can allow you to live in another world for a time. It can enrich and inform your life and become a great love."

In the seminar on February 17th, The Art and Science of Book Collecting, Gregor will discuss collecting for fun and profit, touching on such issues as cultivating a passion for books, identifying first editions and false firsts, understanding book dealers' terminology, and protecting one's investment in books. Everyone from the merely curious to the very serious is invited to join the sessions. On February 18th, expert Jerry Hevesi will be presenting a seminar on Internet Bookselling for booksellers of all levels of experience.

" has a sincere long-term interest in reviving books, expanding the book-buying population, and promoting our over 7,000 member booksellers. These seminars are another example of our company working closely with booksellers, and bringing the latest and best information to book lovers in a very personal way," company president Keith Waters said. The seminars are part of abebooks' growing effort to educate the public about significant books and literature.

Both seminars will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Union Square in San Francisco. More details, costs, and registration (required) can be obtained at (under "book seminars"), or by calling Jerry at (250) 475-6013. is holding the seminars in various locations across North America this year.

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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