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28th November, 2001

(Victoria, BC) - Abebooks, the world’s 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 don’t 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 can bring.

About CIPA
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 Canada’s senior executives to follow their example.

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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