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31st January, 2003

(Victoria, BC)- Abebooks, the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books and R.R. Bowker, the world 's leading publisher of bibliographic information have announced a partnership that will benefit bookbuyers and booksellers in North America and the United Kingdom.

Abebooks is partnering with Bowker to make the 40 million books currently listed on, available to book buyers that use Bowker's and websites. This partnership presents another avenue for making the books of Abebooks' ten thousand booksellers available for sale to a larger global market.

"This partnership enhances the position of our sites and as authoritative search tools for the book buying community," said Michael Cairns, president of New Providence, N.J.-based R.R. Bowker. "By allowing Bowker's online subscribers to link to Abebooks' extensive database of hard-to-find books available for sale, Abebooks and Bowker present a convenient online tool for librarians, booksellers, educators, students, and general book buyers--anyone researching English-language books."

Customers who are searching for a rare or out-of-print book will now be able to perform a title, author, or ISBN search on or, and have immediate access to Abebooks' database of used, rare and out-of-print books.

"The main goal of Abebooks is to sell our bookseller's books. By making these books available on the Bowker sites, we place these titles in front of a larger audience for everyone's benefit," explained Brent James, chief executive officer of Abebooks. "It's a natural partnership: Abebooks has 40 million rare and out-of-print books and Bowker has the community of book buyers searching for these books."

About Abebooks

Abebooks is the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books. Abebooks connects those who buy books with those who sell books, providing abundant selection at affordable prices.

Abebooks is a global company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with websites dedicated to bookbuyers in North America (, the UK (, France (, and Germany ( These domestic sites serve specific countries while making unique book inventories available to all. Through strategic partnerships with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and eBay/, Abebooks has become the most important virtual supplier of used books while expanding selling avenues for booksellers.

Abebooks strives to be the world's best book source where book buyers and sellers find books they want at prices they love.

About R.R. Bowker
Founded in 1872, R.R. Bowker, a Cambridge Information Group company, is North America's leading provider of bibliographic information, and is also the official agency for assigning ISBNs in the United States. The company's flagship product,

Books in Printâ, is available on the Internet at, on CD-ROM and in hardbound print format. Global Books In Print, Bowker's searchable database of more than 7 million English language titles, is available on the Internet at and on CD-ROM. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-BOWKER2 (1-888-269-5372).


Abebooks Media Relations Marci Crossan
(250) 412-3258 or

R.R. Bowker Media Contacts Daryn Teague, Teague Communications
(661) 297-5292 or


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