11 Facts About AbeBooks


AbeBooks is an e-commerce global online marketplace with seven websites that offer books, fine art, and collectables from sellers in over 50 countries.

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In 1995, AbeBooks was founded by Rick and Vivian Pura, and Keith and Cathy Waters.

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In 2001, AbeBooks acquired Germany's JustBooks GmbH online book marketplace, which helped the company expand into the German, French and British online bookselling markets.

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In June 2008, AbeBooks was awarded the British Columbia Technology Industry Association Impact Award for Leadership in Social Responsibility for its charitable activities, literacy initiatives, and commitment to environmental friendliness in its business practices.

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AbeBooks was previously the director of Kindle Content in Amazon's European headquarters in Luxembourg.

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AbeBooks was previously the CTO of Abe Books from 2017 to 2020, and before that was a software development manager there from 2010 to 2017.

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AbeBooks is headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with its European office in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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AbeBooks manages regional websites for North America, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain.

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AbeBooks is known as an online marketplace where high-end rare and collectible items change hands.

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Booksellers upload their inventory data to the AbeBooks database, specifying information about each book including condition and price.

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AbeBooks initially offered its services for a flat listings fee, based on the number of titles listed for sale.

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