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E.L. James (books) found abandoned in hotel room

The UK hotel chain Travelodge has revealed a list of the 20 books most often left behind in their hotel rooms from the past year.  In total the chain recovered 22,648 books to populate the list which was dominated by erotica novels.  The most oft discarded book last year was E.L. James trilogy capping Fifty […]

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Last Elmore Leonard Novel and the James Tait Black Prize winner

Hot on the news that five new JD Salinger works could be published beginning in 2015 the estate of Elmore Leonard has come out with news that Elmore’s son plans to finish the late author’s final novel. Elmore Leonard passed just last week, and it has now been reported by the BBC that his son, […]

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What Books are Children Reading Today?

    NPR’s All Things Considered recently featured a study which looks into the books, and types of books, that children are reading today, compared to the types of books they were reading decades ago.  While the overall message of the story is somewhat dower (that children today are reading less complex works than their […]

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Books a documentary of Larry McMurtry’s 2012 auction

In the summer of 2012 Larry McMurtry auctioned off about 300,000 volumes from the warehouses of his bookshop Booked Up.  It was the rare book event of the summer and two film makers were there to catch the action.  They have put together a short trailer to promote the film they hope to make if […]

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2013 Man Booker Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize was announced today. Leading the way are Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín, although there is plenty of literary talent on the list. here are the contenders: Tash Aw – Five Star Billionaire Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries Jim Crace – Harvest Eve Harris – The […]

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Globe theatre to take Hamlet on all nation world tour

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is planning an amazingly ambitious two year tour of the planet. The tour will begin April 2014 to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and will continue through until April 23rd 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. The theatre plans to visit every country on earth over […]

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Reading Around The World

A Year of Reading the World is a very interesting project by a blogger who wanted to read a book from every country in the world. This was admitted as being a fairly difficult project, not only because it involved reading over 190 books, but also because even the choice of who to include as […]

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The value of annotated manuscripts

Yesterday Britain’s University of Reading bought an annotated manuscript copy of Samuel Beckett’s Murphy for 962,500 pounds ($1.4 million) at a Sotheby’s auction. As the Associated Press reports the manuscript spreads over six exercise books and contains notes, doodles, sketches and heavy reworking of the text. The manuscript provides amazing insight into Beckett’s creative process, […]

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AbeBooks 10 most expensive sales – June 2013

Every month AbeBooks lists the ten most expensive books that have been purchased on the site, it’s a very interesting list that keeps a finger on the pulse of what collectors are adding to their libraries around the world.  I look forward to putting the list together each month because, not only does it give […]

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Penguin Classics the forgotten grey covers

Like most bibliophiles we love the classic penguin dust jackets; it’s a topic we have discussed at length here at AbeBooks. We have written a site feature talking about them, and we also shot a video describing the colors of the Penguin rainbow. At the time of writing the site feature, we were unable to […]

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