AbeBooks was founded in 1995 by Rick and Vivian Pura, and Keith and Cathy Waters. The company operates an eCommerce, online global book marketplace for the buying and selling of books, especially out of print or rare and antique books.
From the late 1990s to 2005, AbeBooks had reseller agreements with eBay, Half.com, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, allowing AbeBooks to market and sell booksellers’ books through those channels; these agreements were dissolved in 2005. AbeBooks currently has a reseller agreement only with Amazon.com.
In November 2018, AbeBooks told booksellers in certain countries that they would no longer support their services due to a change in payment providers. This caused many booksellers to pull more than 3 million titles from their market.
In November 20196, the company shut down a popular listing tool called Fillz.
At this time, AbeBooks still maintains a corporate office in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.