ABEBOOKS WINS HIGHEST AWARD FROM CIPA
28th November, 2001
(Victoria, BC) - Abebooks, the worlds largest network of independent
booksellers, won this years Canadian Information Productivity
Award (CIPA) for Best of Show at the ninth annual Gala Banquet in
Toronto last week.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brent James and Chief Information
Officer (CIO)/Founder Keith Waters accepted the award before a
black-tie audience of 800 senior executives. Abebooks also won
first place in the e-commerce category.
It was a great honor to win, especially for Best of Show,
says James. We feel abebooks is the best kept secret on
the Internet but with recognition like this, we certainly dont
mind sharing the secret.
The CIPA Best of Show Award recognized abebooks for creating
extraordinary e-commerce software to build a worldwide bookselling
business. The software enables users to easily find and purchase
books from an inventory of over 30 million titles.
The secret behind abebooks is, from the very beginning
we ran it as a business without getting caught-up in the Internet
hype, says James. That strategy has kept us profitable
since day one.
CIPA recognizes outstanding businesses that show senior executives
the benefits that strategic application of information technology
CIPA was created in 1992 and is the largest national business
awards program in Canada in the field of information management.
The CIPA mission is to find visionary individuals and organizations
making the most innovative and effective use of information technology,
and to help motivate Canadas senior executives to follow
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.