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For the Love of Tennis

Tennis instruction from the 1908 book Lawn Tennis. Tennis – the athleticism, the rivals, the outfits, the tantrums, the underdogs – it’s an exciting sport to say the least. AbeBooks has a tremendous selection of books dedicated to the game, including biographies from some of the best players: Open by Andre Agassi, Rafa, My Story by […]

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Diving Into Vintage Swimming Books

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than splashing through vintage books dedicated to the art of swimming and diving. Although the techniques may be dated, we can’t help but fall in love with these covers depicting swimmers, divers and swimming techniques from yesteryear. Several of the featured books were […]

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A Passion for Maps

We’ve been thinking a lot about maps lately. We recently featured a selection of vintage maps from around the world. We also got lost browsing through vintage road maps and travel guides from the first half of the 20th century.  These pieces of ephemera – an item created with a short-lived purpose in mind, are […]

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Mowgli’s legend lives on – signed copy of Jungle Book sells for $3,800

Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book movie, released last month, continues to spark interest in Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s stories, first published as a book in 1894, with a signed copy selling for $3,800 via the AbeBooks marketplace. The book in question was an early printing but came in near fine condition with a super clear signature […]

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Interview with AbeBooks’ ‘Heritage’ seller Zubal-Books

To celebrate AbeBooks.com’s 20th anniversary in June, we are profiling one of our ‘Heritage’ sellers, Zubal-Books from Cleveland, Ohio. Any bookseller who joined our marketplace in 1996 is classified as a Heritage seller. Michael Zubal, son of the founder John Zubal, was kind enough to answer our questions about a bookselling business that was created […]

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Amazon’s Best Books of the Month – May 2016

If you’re looking for the next must-read book, look no further than this impressive list of books that the Amazon editors loved for the month. The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church In her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast […]

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How Well Do You Know Presidential Hairlines?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about a certain politician’s hair. In fact, his unique hairstyle has spawned much debate, discussion, slideshows, memes – the list goes on. With the excitement of the upcoming US presidential election, we’ve been looking at a lot of biographies about current and past presidents and we noticed something interesting. […]

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2016 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar contest now open

Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectible books? The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is a week-long educational event held in Colorado Springs in July, 2016 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for a chance […]

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Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary turns 100 today!  She’s sold millions of books, won several awards, has statues of her best know characters in a park in Portland, has an elementary school named after her and has written not one but two memoirs. Cleary’s most loved characters, Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Beezus, Ribsy and little Ralph […]

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An Introduction to Shakespeare for Kids

April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s work is among the most widely read and studied. But does his work resonate with kids? The language can be difficult to understand and some passages are dense. Most children probably don’t ask for a Shakespeare soliloquy for their bed-time story. Fortunately, there […]

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