Victoria’s – the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books – continues to be acclaimed as one of Canada’s brightest success stories.

At the end of November, the website was named in the BC Export Awards as the No.1 exporter of consumer products in the province and then several days later acclaimed by BC Business magazine was the fourth best company with less than 100 employees to work for in British Columbia. has also picked up several other honours during 2007:

  • In June, Internet Retailer magazine ranked at No. 70 on its list of North America’s top ecommerce companies;
  • In October, Macleans Magazine named as one of Canada’s top 100 employers for the fifth consecutive year;
  • In December, the readers of Rare Book Review magazine in the UK voted as their No.1 online book trading service;
  • Also this month, Internet Retailer magazine named on its list of ‘Hot 100’ best Internet retail sites.

Founded in 1996, has revolutionized the used book business. Today, it operates sites for North America, the UK, France, Germany and Spain. In May, the company moved into new headquarters overlooking Victoria’s Gorge waterway. It employs 95 staff at its HQ and another 30 at its European office in Dusseldorf, Germany.

“We’ve enjoyed a fantastic year,” said Hannes Blum, CEO of, “It’s always rewarding to be recognized through awards and we are deeply grateful to our customers, our booksellers and our hard-working employees.” is the world’s largest online marketplace for books, with over 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by more than 13,500 independent booksellers from around the world. has millions of customers who purchase up to 25,000 books a day from its 5 global websites (,,, and A true internet success story, has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Germany and the USA. Internet Retailer magazine ranked AbeBooks at No. 70 among North American online retailers in June 2007.