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31st March, 2003

Abebooks completes a five-country, four-language, 2,000 kilometre journey in a red double-decker bus during their "Across Europe with 40 Million Books" bus tour.

(VICTORIA, BC) March 31, 2003-Abebooks, the world's largest online marketplace for secondhand, rare, and out-of-print books completed a five-country, 2,000 kilometre bus tour across the UK and Europe last week to celebrate reading. The "Across Europe with 40 Million Books" bus tour began on March 16 at the London Book Fair and-after stopping in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium-finished at the Salon de Livres in Paris on March 24.

"We achieved our aim," explained Boris Wertz, Abebooks VP of marketing and business development: "to celebrate books and reading with the public and visit some of our ten thousand booksellers along the way. The tour raised awareness about Abebooks and the 40 million books listed by booksellers on our sites."

People of all ages visited the bus at each stop to take part in contests, reading relays, and a draw to win a weekend for two in Paris, Berlin or London. Abebooks staff were present to speak with booksellers and booklovers in English, French, German and Dutch. The tour was announced in newspapers, magazines, and radio stations along the way and photos captured the excitement of each event. (A photo gallery and the contest entry form can be accessed on, and until April 14th. The contest ends on April 4th and the winner will be announced April 14th.)

In addition to raising awareness, Abebooks also raised money for charities by partnering with literacy and book-related groups in England, Germany and France. For each person who enters the draw on an Abebooks website, Abebooks donates funds to Book Aid International in London, and Biblionef in Germany and France.

Abebooks is the world's largest online marketplace for secondhand, rare, and out-of-print books with over 40 million books listed by over 10,000 booksellers. Abebooks connects those who buy books with those who sell books, providing abundant selection at affordable prices. Abebooks is a global company based in Canada with sites dedicated to bookbuyers in North America (, France (, Germany (, and the UK ( These domestic sites serve specific countries while making unique book inventories available to all.

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