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Rare Books Uncovered by Rebecca Rego Barry: A Review

If you have ever dreamed of finding a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird in a flea market or discovering a bundle of comics worth millions in a basement, then Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places by Rebecca Rego Barry is worth a place on your bookshelf. Rebecca is […]

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Discover the books bought on Christmas Day: from ‘How to Stay Sane’ to Lemony Snicket and dieting

Get up early, open your presents, telephone the relations, stick the turkey in the oven and then….. go online and buy some books! This appears to be the Christmas Day ritual for thousands of booklovers in North America and Europe. Far from being a quiet day for online bookselling, December 25 is actually similar to […]

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Raptis Rare Books, selling the finest books in rural Vermont

Deep in the southern Vermont countryside, you will find an ornate Italianate villa simply packed with sumptuous books worthy of any collector’s bookshelf. Welcome to Raptis Rare Books and the world of husband-and-wife bookselling team Matthew and Adrienne Raptis. Matthew and Adrienne specialize in fine first editions, signed and inscribed books, and books that are quite […]

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Just a smidge of a trailer for JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts

And it never ends (but secretly we are all very happy about that). Here’s the trailer, “just a smidge” of a video, for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off. We have to wait until November 2016. You’ll remember that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was on Harry’s […]

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Sam Wenger and his Quest for Arthurian Literature

Bookseller Sam Wenger’s spiritual home isn’t California, or upstate New York, or any of the other places that he has called home. He would like to settle and enjoy life in Camelot – the residence of King Arthur, still Britain’s greatest hero, and his famous knights of the round table. Sam (full name Samuel Alton […]

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Shopping habits of the rich and famous: the amazing books that could be unwrapped on Christmas Day

One of the joys of this time of year is seeing the orders come in for fascinating books. Here’s a brief list of just some of the amazing books and ephemera being purchased on AbeBooks at the moment. We looked at orders since November 15 in order to identify what the world’s rich and famous […]

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Judging a book by its size: Sumo by Helmut Newton

AbeBooks.com has sold a copy of  Sumo, the aptly named photography book published in 1999, for $12,833 (£8,300). Helmut Newton’s famous book is MASSIVE. It weighs more than 77 pounds (35 kilos), is 19.7 inches x 27.6 inches in size and comes with its own folding metal stand. I love the idea of someone unwrapping this […]

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Recovered from a garage, Robert Heinlein’s original typed manuscript for Friday listed for sale

Stored in a garage for years, Robert Heinlein’s original typed manuscript for his 1982 science fiction novel, Friday, has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com by The Fine Books Company located in Rochester, Michigan. This manuscript was Heinlein’s last to be created on a typewriter before the author switched to a computer – a computer-generated […]

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K-pop Erupts over a Book-Inspired ‘Sexualized’ Pop Song

A controversy surrounding a song by one of South Korea’s biggest female K-pop stars, IU, has ignited interest in My Sweet Orange Tree – an autobiographical novel by Brazilian author José Mauro de Vasconcelos originally published in 1968. The novel describes the misadventures of a five-year-old protagonist called Zeze. IU’s song is also called Zeze […]

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Discover the book Keith Richards would take to a desert island

What book would you take to a desert island? Rolling Stones star Keith Richards selected Doctor Dogbody’s Leg by James Norman Hall when he appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs show last month. The book is an entertaining collection of short stories told by Dr. Dogbody, a crusty one-legged old sailor, in a […]

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