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AbeBooks Top 10 bestsellers from March 2013

AbeBooks.com top 10 bestselling books for March 2013 1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 2. Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All by Russell Simmons 3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding 4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 5. The Best of Cooking Light by Cooking Light magazine 6. The Prince of Frogtown […]

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2013 Hugo Award Shortlist

Presented annually since 1955 the Hugo Awards are among the most prestigious prizes given to science fiction authors (I, myself, would give the Hugo’s equal billing with The Nebula awards); and are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (aka “Worldcon”) and are presented in several categories which include, but are not […]

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Best book designs in Canada 2013

Each year The Alcuin Society (who are a fantastic association of bibliophiles out of Vancouver) give out their Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, which are awarded for various categories.  The winning books will be presented at exhibitions across the country and at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs, and at the Canadian […]

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Tarantino movies stylized as Penguin covers

Among the staff here at AbeBooks we’re always gushing over great cover art when we see it.  We like bizarre covers, classic covers, minimalist covers, and we have even bought books for the cover alone; which, perhaps, is why I love this project so much (and thanks to GalleyCat for pointing it out for me)… […]

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30 Things a Writer Should Know

Matt Haig is a writer in his 30s who fell into the profession after writing a number of business books on marketing.  His first novel, The Last Family in England, (which  depicts Shakespeare’s Henry IV, from the point of view of dogs) was a bestseller in the UK and the young author hasn’t looked back […]

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New attempt for world’s smallest book record

According to the fine folks at Guinness the current holder of the title “world’s smallest book” is a 30 page Russian volume called Chameleon which measures a just 0.9mm (0.035 inches) and was created by Anatoliy Konenko in 1996.  Now, in what could be described as a tiny case of one-downmanship, Toppan Printing of Japan […]

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Amazing Science Fiction Book Cover

Sometimes I find a book which won’t work for a feature, but is too great not to share. A science fiction novel featuring a velociraptor riding a porpoise, with a saddle, through a desert?  This must be shared.  My hat goes off to Peter Goodfellow, the illustrator. You can find more of his illustrations here

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Recommended reading list from George R. R. Martin

Fans of George R.R. Martin love the author for his amazing attention to detail within his vast storylines; what they don’t love, is having to wait several years between books.  This isn’t to say his fans are unappreciative – I assume most understand that quality craftsmanship takes time.  It’s more that they’ve been accustomed to […]

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The 50 Best Food Memoirs

The memoir is a tricky beast of a book to write, not only do you have to be a great wordsmith (a requirement for any good book) but you also have to be rather interesting, or at least had a series somewhat extraordinary things happen to you, otherwise what’s the point?  Last year I read […]

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American Sniper tops February Bestseller Lists

The most popular title last month was the autobiography of ex-Navy Seal Chris Kyle who became the most successful sniper in U.S. military history logging more than 150 confirmed kills during his career.  In the book Kyle provides a first person account of how he went from being a rodeo cowboy in his home state […]

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