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25th May 2001

(Victoria, BC) - today announces the selection of Mr. Brent James as the company's new President and CEO. Mr. James will spearhead plans to increase sales and revenue for's book dealer members, and make "the web's best kept secret" a little less "secret."

Mr. James brings a strong management and marketing background to the online book industry. His previous credits include working for some of North America's most successful technology companies, including Mobile Data International (MDI), and later Mobile Data Solutions Inc. (MDSI), a Canadian high-tech company that he helped found and grow to revenues in excess of $80 million.

"It is truly an honour to be's new President and CEO. The founders have built a remarkable business with a well-deserved reputation of service to book dealers, and tremendous opportunities for growth," Mr. James said. "Now I would like to see provide our book dealers with ever-increasing exposure, domestically and internationally."

Mr. James has been working as an advisor to's executives for much of the past eighteen months. His experience with the company has provided him with the insight and familiarity needed to make a smooth transition to the new position.

Mr. James holds a Masters of Science degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

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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