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Emma Watson launched a feminist book club and everybody’s joining

We first fell in love with Emma Watson as the clever and independent Hermione Granger. Last night, as United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma launched a feminist book club and we’ve fallen in love all over again. She announced the club, Our Shared Shelf, on Goodreads: Dear Readers, As part of my work with UN Women, I have […]

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Raptis Rare Books, selling the finest books in rural Vermont

Deep in the southern Vermont countryside, you will find an ornate Italianate villa simply packed with sumptuous books worthy of any collector’s bookshelf. Welcome to Raptis Rare Books and the world of husband-and-wife bookselling team Matthew and Adrienne Raptis. Matthew and Adrienne specialize in fine first editions, signed and inscribed books, and books that are quite […]

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What We Read in 2015

At AbeBooks we have software engineers, accountants, marketers, customer support reps, account managers and we all share one thing in common: a passion for books. We asked people around the office to share some of the books they read this year – it’s a fascinating list and perhaps you’ll be inspired to read some of these recommended […]

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Bookseller Q&A: Bison Books

We recently caught up with Aimee Peake, owner of Bison Books in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Aimee told us all about her experience as a rare and collectible bookseller, from the oddest thing she’s found inside a book (you’ll never guess) to the literary treasure she covets most. AbeBooks: How did you become a bookseller? Aimee: Twenty […]

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November’s bestselling signed books

1. Beatlebone by Kevin Barry 2. Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson 3. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham 4. Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving 5. M Train by Patti Smith 6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 7. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem 8. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy […]

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10 Facts About Lucy Maud Montgomery

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery is without a doubt one of the most beloved authors of all time. In honor of her 141st birthday on November 30th, AbeBooks has put together 10 […]

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Judging a book by its size: Sumo by Helmut Newton

AbeBooks.com has sold a copy of  Sumo, the aptly named photography book published in 1999, for $12,833 (£8,300). Helmut Newton’s famous book is MASSIVE. It weighs more than 77 pounds (35 kilos), is 19.7 inches x 27.6 inches in size and comes with its own folding metal stand. I love the idea of someone unwrapping this […]

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Hedy Lamarr – Hollywood Actress & Inventor

Today marks the 101st birthday of Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood actress and inventor of a technology that is still used today. Lamarr got her start as an Austria actress in the 1920s under her real name of Hedy Kiesler. She married a wealthy Austrian munitions baron and at that time gave up her acting career. With […]

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Shock, Horror, Terror! Halloween Book Features at AbeBooks

Over the years, we’ve put together some truly spine tingling features all related to horror, vampires, devilish books, tales from the vault – you get the picture. Revisit some of our scariest features – if you dare! A Brief History of Vampires in Literature The first instances of vampire tales originally appeared in eastern European […]

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AbeBooks Literary Link Lineup

1. The World’s Most Beautiful Library 2. JK Rowling, I mean Robert Galbraith has a new book out 3. Erica Jong talks about sex and the over-60s 4. Middle-Earth Map Annotated By J.R.R. Tolkien Himself Found In Old Book 5. Calvin and Hobbs creator taught lessons that still resonate 6. The Secret Medical History of Cocktails […]

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