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Jay Z & Justin Bieber on November’s bestselling signed book list


first-foreverShocking news from AbeBooks this week – Jay Z and Justin Bieber appear on AbeBooks’ list of the top bestselling signed books of November.

AbeBooks, of course, is famous for selling unique antiquarian books from centuries past, amazing first editions from the legends of literature like Steinbeck or Hemingway and some of the most beautiful rare books ever printed.

We don’t usually sell books by rappers or teenage pop stars. We’re not even selling that many copies of the Keith Richards’ autobiography – the Rolling Stones are perhaps the ultimate Baby Boomer band and Baby Boomers are our core customers.

I picked up the Bieber autobiography in an airport bookstore the other day. I noticed that the text had been printed in a very big font as if there wasn’t enough to fill the book so a little enlargement was necessary. I shouldn’t really be surprised about the Jay Z book, after all, he’s a respected entrepreneur and recently spoke at the New York public library.

I’m guessing that some very lucky teenage girls are going to wake up on Christmas morning and find a book signed by Bieber lying among their presents. That’s probably the ultimate gift for a teenage girl.

The list also includes George W Bush and Sarah Palin.

AbeBooks’ Bestselling Signed Books for November 2010

1. Decision Points by George W. Bush
2. The Instructions: A Novel by Adam Levin
3. Decoded by Jay Z
4. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
5. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
6. Great House by Nicole Krauss
7. America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag by Sarah Palin
8. The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart
9. Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber
10. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

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