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19th July 2001

(Victoria, BC) -, today announced the appointments of Keith Waters, to Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vivian Pura to Vice President, Human Resources. Both positions will report directly to Brent James, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"I expect these key leadership roles to make an immediate impact as we sharpen our focus within the bookselling arena and on the critical systems needed to grow our core businesses in 2001 and beyond, says Brent James, CEO of In his new role as CIO, Mr. Waters will continue to provide leadership and in-depth technical expertise while focusing on accelerating product expansion, including new offerings such as, a customized service for librarians looking to source hard-to-find books.

Mr. Waters is a founder of and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Victoria.

Mrs. Pura will be responsible for all of the company's human resources functions including employee relations, training and development, wage and compensation, benefits administration, legal compliance, recruiting and placement, and safety and loss control.

Mrs. Pura holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Family Studies from the University of Manitoba.

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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