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Bill Gates’ Summer Read Suggestions

This isn’t the first time that billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates has shared his reading suggestions – last December we talked about his five favorite reads of 2014. It’s interesting to see the far reach and impact it has when someone so powerful and successful recommends something with their stamp of approval, as when Gates […]

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Miles Franklin Award Shortlist 2015

The Miles Franklin Award Shortlist for 2015 has been announced, and the contending authors consist of a man and four women, one of whom, Christine Piper, is in the running with her debut novel. No small feat. The Miles Franklin Award is an annual literary prize awarded for the best example of a novel or […]

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The New Naturalist Series

Today’s gorgeous find on the site is this 14-volume set of leatherbound volumes from the New Naturalist Series, offered by UK bookseller Halewood and Sons, ABA, ILAB. Signed by the author, this set begs to be in the spot of honor on a favorite bookshelf. nd talk about your beautiful books. A fascinating collection of […]

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A Visual Quiz: 30 Classic Children’s Books

Do you think you know children’s books? How well? Would you say the images of book covers from childhood are embedded in your brain? Well, here’s a chance to find out. Test your mettle with this quiz of 30 classic childhood book covers. We chose the most iconic kids’ books we could think of, took […]

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14 Collectible Star Wars Books: May the Fourth Be With You

May the Fourth be with you! Let it never be said that we at AbeBooks shirk our nerdly duty or don’t contribute to the joyful geekery or the culture at large. Here are 14 delicious and collectible Star Wars books and collectible Star Wars memorabilia and ephemera, to ooh and ahh over, or possibly even […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: May 2015

The first day of the month is always dangerous. Not only have I been paid the day before, but our friends at Amazon.com release their Top 10 Book Picks for the month, and it somehow always seems to be a list curated exactly for me. This month, for example, includes a true story of a […]

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31 Matted Japanese & Indonesian Costume Prints

Today’s amazing book find: Not a book at all, this collection of 31 matted Japanese & Indonesian costume prints is just gorgeous. The 31 prints come from Emile Gallois’ 1920 French book Costumes Japonais et Indonésiens and were manually printed and matted in pochoir by M. Henri Hus in Paris in 1930. See five here:

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Unesco World Book and Copyright Day. ILAB Pop Up Book Fair

From guest blogger and AbeBooks staff member Colin Laird, in Tokyo today. One of the most fascinating things about Japan is the harmonious blend of old and new. If you spend enough time there, seeing a thousand-year-old temple set among skyscrapers or watching as elegant ladies dressed in kimono rush past teens sporting the latest […]

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Gorgeous and Divergent Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

In the early 19th-century, two German brothers named Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm put together a collection of Germanic folktales, to preserve and share. In 1812 they released them as a book – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, originally actually titled Children’s and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen). Dark, often harsh and scary, these were a far cry […]

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14th-Century Medieval Manuscript Receipt for Rent Payment

Sometimes we like to highlight a specific amazing item we stumble across for sale on the AbeBooks web sites. We have such a wide, deep, varied array of inventory that its easy to miss gems. Like this, for example. Offered by Alembic Rare Books, with a publication date of 1353, this gorgeous piece of historical […]

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