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How Well Do You Know Harry Potter?

Harry Potter and Friends In honor of the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, we asked the biggest Harry Potter fan we know (she’s 10 and falls into level 5 – see below) to put together a quiz to test your Harry Potter knowledge. Depending on what level of Potterhead you are will determine how […]

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Damsels in Distress, Devilish Detectives, Villains and More at PulpFest 2016

AbeBooks is thrilled to be a sponsor of PulpFest 2016, taking place Thursday July 21st to Sunday July 24th  in Columbus, Ohio. This exciting event, focusing on pulp fiction and pulp magazines, draws hundreds of fans and collectors. This year, PulpFest will pay tribute to the history of pulps and will highlight the 150th anniversary of the birth […]

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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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