HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY WOOS BOOKSELLERS AT LONDON BOOK FAIR
20th March 2001
(Victoria, BC) - The largest source of out-of-print, secondhand,
and antiquarian books on the Internet, abebooks.com is in hot
pursuit of the UK's booksellers.
The reason for this attraction is simple. With almost 1,100 of
its 7,400 independent booksellers from the United Kingdom, it
seems the UK's independent booksellers are setting trends in electronic
business. The United Kingdom ranks second (only shy of the United
States) in the numbers of booksellers and book buyers from a single
geographic region registered with abebooks.com's online database.
And the company gets several hundred new buyers from the UK on
the site each week.
To make the most of this trend for the London Book Fair, abebooks
will demonstrate a new in-store program that will help all bookstores
provide for their customers' needs, in terms of out-of-print books
or textbooks. Called the BookCase programs, two new Internet-based
programs enable bricks-and-mortar stores to offer their customers
out-of-print and hard-to-find books through the abebooks.com system.
It brings online shopping into a new environment.
Abebooks.com has also opened up several strategic partnership
programs to its members in the United Kingdom over the past two
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.