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(Victoria, BC – February 27, 2006) Abebooks.com, the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books, has acquired FillZ – a US book inventory and order management company that assists booksellers to offer their books through the world’s Internet marketplaces.
FillZ provides booksellers with easy access to up to 10 online marketplaces for books including Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, eBay Stores, Abebooks.com, Alibris.com and Half.com. Its Web-based technology allows sellers to upload their book inventory once and manage updates once rather than having to replicate the actions for every marketplace.
Today’s acquisition is Abebooks’ second in five months and confirms its continuing commitment to assisting professional online booksellers - more than 13,500 sellers in 53 countries currently sell through Abebooks. California-based BookFinder.com, the leading price comparison shopping site for books, was acquired in November 2005. Like BookFinder.com, FillZ will continue to operate independently but have access to Abebooks resources to encourage growth.
Miron Cuperman, who is based in San Francisco, initially developed the technology behind FillZ to help a friend who was having difficulty loading her book inventory on to several marketplaces simultaneously. FillZ was incorporated in June 2004 and last year it facilitated orders for books worth more than (US) $20 million on behalf of its clients.
“Sites like Amazon, eBay, and Abebooks have different requirements for sellers,” said Hannes Blum, CEO and president of Abebooks. “FillZ makes it extremely simple for booksellers to overcome the fragmented nature of the market. We’re aware of their international potential and what they can offer to booksellers around the world.”
Miron Cuperman said: “FillZ has been successful because we simplify the complexities of bookselling through a number of online marketplaces. With the assistance of Abebooks.com, we’re looking forward to helping more booksellers sell more books. This should be a fascinating year as we expand the business on a global scale.”