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Congratulations to our Hackathon contestants

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the second AbeBooks’ Hackathon, staged in conjunction with the University of Victoria’s computer science and software engineering programs this past weekend. This 24-hour coding challenge saw three teams of students deliver demonstrations of remarkable quality. The judges from AbeBooks were treated to a Chrome extension that tracked and […]

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The top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in 2013

What do Ray Bradbury, Madeleine L’Engle, Arthur Hailey, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, Salvador Dali and Dick Cheney’s wife have in common? They all appear on the annual BookFinder.com list of the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in North America. As usual, the list is topped by Madonna and her famous spiral-bound Sex photo-book, […]

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Life in the Old Goat yet – a bookseller profile

A newspaper in Waterloo, Ontario, has profiled Michael Loubert, one of our booksellers and the owner of the wonderfully named Old Goat Books. Michael opened Old Goat Books in March 2001 and has sold with AbeBooks since October 2002. The shop offers over 24 000 books and more than 16,000 are online with our marketplace. […]

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Natural science to curses and a hotel: AbeBooks’ most expensive sales of 2013

As another year of rare bookselling comes to an end, we can offer our most expensive sales of 2013. A German natural science book from 1774, Der Naturforscher, sold for $60,321, to head the list and become AbeBooks’ third most expensive sale ever in our history. Also on the list are four rare bibles, Shakespeare’s […]

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Signed copy of Long Walk to Freedom sells for $7,000

A signed Easton Press edition of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography has sold for $7,000 on AbeBooks.com. This deluxe edition was published in 2000 and is bound in green leather with an embossed spine. Another signed Easton Press edition of the title also sold for $6,475 over the weekend as South Africa mourned the loss of the […]

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AbeBooks sponsors BC’s Red Cedar Book Awards

With the goal of encouraging more young people to read, AbeBooks.com is sponsoring the 2013-2014 Red Cedar Book Awards – a unique book prize where the winners are selected by British Columbia’s young avid readers. Every year, thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across the province are invited to read books from […]

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Reading Copy’s 5,000th Post & Albert Camus’ 100th Year

This post just so happens to be our 5,000th.  Pretty big deal, right?  In celebration, we decided to compile a list of the top 5,000 books ever written.  Get comfy… Just kidding.  What better way to commemorate our little blog’s 5,000th post than to celebrate the would-be 100th birthday of the late and great Albert […]

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Literary pumpkins carved by AbeBooks

The AbeBooks’ marketing has celebrated Halloween with a pumpkin carving session where carvers had to create literary pumpkins. The one lesson that we learned is that artistic pumpkin carving is actually very challenging. We have a new appreciation for the people who create detailed masterpieces out of a common, rather bland-tasting, squash. Behold, literary pumpkins […]

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Browse Rare Books at the 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair

AbeBooks is again proud to sponsor the 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, which begins on Friday, November 8th. Some examples of the kinds of treasures you might see are pictured below. A special treat on opening night, for both bibiophiles and film buffs, will be Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg’s introduction as the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of […]

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Rare spell books sell for $13,865 but beware of the curse

Just days before All Hallow’s Eve, two handwritten, spiral-bound books of spells have sold on AbeBooks.com for $13,865, but the buyer risks being cursed if they are not a believer in witchcraft.  The opening page of the first of the two grimoires (that’s a magical textbook) is inscribed with the haunting warning: “To those not […]

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