Amazon’s AbeBooks rare books and collectibles site has been down since Friday night – GeekWire

AbeBooks, an Amazon-owned company that offers vintage books, rare collectibles and fine art, has been offline since late Friday due to a technical issue impacting all of its sites and online services.

In one message on Twitter this weekend, AbeBooks described the problem as a hardware issue and said it did not have an estimated time for a fix, but noted that buyer and seller data remained secure. As of early Sunday morning, the company said it was still working on the problem.

AbeBooks, based in Victoria, B.C., was acquired by Amazon in 2008. At the time of the acquisition, the companies said, “AbeBooks will continue to function as a stand-alone operation based in Victoria, British Columbia. AbeBooks will maintain all of its websites, including its Canadian website with Canada-specific content, such as reviews of Canadian-authored books and interviews of Canadian writers.”

David Streitfeld, a reporter for the New York Times who has written extensively about the publishing industry and Amazon’s culture, is tracking the outage on Twitter, noting this morning that it has now reached 30 hours.

GeekWire has contacted AbeBooks for more details on the outage and an ETA for restoring the site.

Update: An AbeBooks spokesman confirms, “It’s a full outage caused by a hardware issue. We continue to work toward a solution. We don’t have an estimated time for a resolution. We’re really sorry for all the disruption this is causing to our buyers and sellers.”


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