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For immediate release: July 29, 2003

ABEBOOKS LAUNCHES "TEXTBOOK CENTRAL" TO SERVE ITS GROWING COMMUNITY OF STUDENT BOOKBUYERS, the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books launches a new area for used textbooks and offers students a chance to win their tuition.

(Victoria, BC) --AbeBooks, the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books, today announced the launch of "Textbook Central"-a new area on its website created specifically for students and textbook buyers.

"We've heard three things from students this year: they want cheap textbooks, easy online searching, and of course-someone to pay their tuition!" explained Marci Crossan, AbeBooks spokesperson.

The new website area ( features a contest for students to win $2000 each semester to help pay their tuition. Winners are drawn twice a year (once in November and once in April) from all students who have purchased books on the site. provides students with easy access to the AbeBooks database of over 45 million used books which are listed by 11,000 independent booksellers. The database includes millions of secondhand textbooks, reference books, literature, poetry, study guides, and nearly-new bestsellers. And since these books are secondhand, it's common to find discounts of up to 90% off new book prices.

Other benefits of Textbook Central include a student-focused "wants list", where students can enter the name of a book they need and AbeBooks will e-mail them when it's available. Textbook Central also provides a handy list of popular reference books and quick links to all the secondhand copies available on AbeBooks.

The new area was created to assist college students but also meets the needs of faculty, librarians, researchers, continuing education students, high school students, and general book buyers. For more information visit Textbook Central at

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 with sites dedicated to bookbuyers in North America (, Germany (, France (, and the UK ( 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.

Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr.,
Ph: 250-412-3238

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