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One Dog, Thousands of Books – O’Connell’s Bookshop in Adelaide

O’Connell’s Bookshop is an Australian bookselling institution. Established in 1957 by Reg O’Connell, the bookstore is revered by book-lovers far beyond its surroundings of Bank Street in Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide’s oldest used and antiquarian bookshop is now at its fifth location. Its previous building was demolished to make way for a Holiday Inn. While […]

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Memories of reading To Kill a Mockingbird

I’ve read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird twice. I have no interest in reading Go Set a Watchman, and won’t be picking it up. My first encounter with Mockingbird came in the early 1990s when I was trying to read as many ‘classics’ as possible. Unlike Moby Dick and Heart of Darkness, I read […]

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The Books of the Films of Meryl Streep

She’s an icon of modern cinema with more than 50 film roles to her credit. She has a trophy closet full of silverware, including three Oscars and eight Golden Globes. You’ve probably seen the majority of her films. We’re talking about Meryl Streep – the leading lady of Hollywood’s leading ladies. But, as so often […]

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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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