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Company nameAbeBooks
Company typePrivate
SloganPassion for books
HeadquartersVictoria, British Columbia, Canada
Key peopleHannes Blum, CEO
John Chase, CFO
Productsused books, out of print books, rare books, new books and textbooks, HomeBase 2.1
Employees120 (2007)

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AbeBooks (formerly the Advanced Book Exchange) is an online marketplace for books. Most books listed are used, many are rare or out-of-print, and a growing number are new books. The company is based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with offices in Düsseldorf, Germany, and in the US. It was incorporated in 1995 and launched its websites in 1996. At present, they list more than 100 million books on sale from 12,880 booksellers in 57 countries. AbeBooks offers six regional websites: for North America, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain (

On August 1, 2008, AbeBooks announced that it had been acquired by

AbeBooks Video

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Walk into a used bookshop and you will encounter the unique aroma of aging books. The smell is loved by some, disliked by others, but where does it come from? A physical book is full of organic...
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Share your own childhood reading memories and pictures: #ThrowBook May 10th: Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms around the world. Take our vintage children's book cover quiz: ...
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Identifying a first edition is no simple matter. There are thousands of publishers and they use a large variety of methods, which are often changed, to define first editions. The publisher...
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Learn more & find copies at AbeBooks: AbeBooks' review of Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini Some people think it's one of the weirdest books ever published. An art...
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There's a quote attributed to Mark Twain that goes something like: "A classic is a book which people praise, but don't read." And I think a lot of us feel that way -- the idea of settling...
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So you have a Harry Potter book and you think it might be valuable? But how can you tell if it is worth anything? Back in 1997, no-one had heard of JK Rowling. Bloomsbury took a huge gamble...
2.70 min. | 4.75 user rating Help: Where's My Book? If your book hasn't arrived this video offers instructions on what steps to take. Find more details at the AbeBooks Help page:
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Here at AbeBooks - we love books. We have a passion for books and this video shows it. Created by Lindsay Thompson, an account manager in our Victoria office, this video illustrates all the...
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Learn more about the Brothers Grimm at AbeBooks: 1. The brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm, were born in Hanau - close to Frankfurt...
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The Candy Mailbag: Answering your Q's! - USA Today Tweet this news
USA Today--JT Have you checked -AbeBooks-? That's my best recommendation for out-of-print material! I was wondering if you knew of a website that kept track of which books/authors a particular author has blurbed. I want to know who some of my regular - Date : Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:02:49 GMT+00:00
Is steampunk running out of puff? - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--The online bookstore -Abebooks- has a handy Beginner's Guide to Steampunk, with many examples of books that fit the genre. And in May, you can buy The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Co - Date : Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:24:47 GMT+00:00
Unleash Your Latent Bibliomania at the Library Book Sale - The SunBreak (blog) Tweet this news
The SunBreak (blog)--Although a brief visit to -abebooks- will show that few books are completely unavailable, older books, especially those published up to the 1940s and in good condition are usually reliable for a nice resale. Keep your eyes open for bo - Date : Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:08:37 GMT+00:00
Online security breach spreads to AbeBooks - Tweet this news, in an email to customers, said Tuesday that it had received a warning from Epsilon, a Texas-based email marketing firm, that its customers' email addresses may have been compromised by an online hacker. Air Miles Reward Program cu - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 16:41:59 GMT+00:00
AbeBooks E-mail Database Hacked - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog) Tweet this news
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)--We have been informed by Epsilon, a third-party vendor we use to send e-mails, that an unauthorized person outside their company accessed files that included e-mail addresses of some -AbeBooks- customers. Epsilon has adv - Date : Sun, 03 Apr 2011 23:23:15 GMT+00:00
Data Breach Prompts Warning - KBSU Tweet this news
KBSU--How about Borders, -Abebooks-, or Target? These and other companies are scrambling, after hackers stole millions of names and emails of their customers. Boise State Public Radio's Samantha Wright explains, Idaho has issued a Consumer Alert over - Date : Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:08:45 GMT+00:00
AbeBooks Purchases ZVAB/Choosebooks - Americana Exchange Tweet this news
Americana Exchange--A major combination, and contraction in terms of the number of companies engaged in the book listing business, occurred on March 2 when -AbeBooks- announced that its European division had purchased Germany's ZVAB. As best we can t - Date : Fri, 01 Apr 2011 07:05:11 GMT+00:00
Corporate America scrambles to contain Epsilon hack fallout - TG Daily Tweet this news
TG Daily--Indeed, a number companies have already issued email alerts warning customers over the incident, including Best Buy, McKinsey Quarterly, -AbeBooks-, Lacoste, Walgreens, Fry's, Marriott Rewards and JP Morgan Chase. According to Ducklin, the - Date : Mon, 04 Apr 2011 15:53:03 GMT+00:00
Never a Dull Moment for Online Booksellers - Auctionbytes Tweet this news
Auctionbytes--David Morris, who runs Lone Buck Books from Geneseo, NY, sells on the book sites and -AbeBooks- as well as, Atomic Mall, and other marketplaces. Kevin Hickey sells books, videos, CDs, and antiques and collectibles throu - Date : Sun, 03 Apr 2011 08:13:00 GMT+00:00
The Epsilon Email Break-In: A Bad Break for The Cloud - BNET (blog) Tweet this news
BNET (blog)--That doesn't sound bad, until you realize that those clients include JPMorgan Chase, TiVo, Capital One Financial, Kroger, Walgreens, Disney, Best Buy, and -AbeBooks-. (I received emails from the last two, both warning of potential scams. - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 11:56:34 GMT+00:00

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