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A Beautiful Mystery – Vivian Maier, Street Photographer

Our latest video lets you have a glimpse inside the most exciting photographic discovery so far this century. The mystery part begins in 2007 when an amateur historian took a chance at an auction house and bought some negatives and film. The wonder part begins in 1926, with the birth of Vivian Maier, who only […]

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Breaking News: JK Rowling Actually a Man Named Robert Galbraith

All right, that post headling might have been a bit misleading, but I thought it was funny. JK Rowling is not actually a man. What she very well might be is a genius. And not just the sort we already knew about – the imaginative, creative writing genius who created Quidditch and butterbeer and Hogwarts […]

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Penguin Classics the forgotten grey covers

Like most bibliophiles we love the classic penguin dust jackets; it’s a topic we have discussed at length here at AbeBooks. We have written a site feature talking about them, and we also shot a video describing the colors of the Penguin rainbow. At the time of writing the site feature, we were unable to […]

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Own two bookshelves and your children will succeed

Well, it’s not quite as simple as that – you can’t just own the books – but a recent study has concluded that there is a correlating relationship between parents who own, and love, books and how well those children fare in school.  This concept should not be shocking to anyone as it’s not difficult […]

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Hemingway, their man in Havana?

Ernest Hemingway led a very interesting life – he was a World War I ambulance driver and a journalist during the Spanish Civil War, he lived in Paris, Havana, Toronto and a number of other American cities, and he won both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize. He did a number of amazing things which he […]

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10 Literary-Themed Restaurants

It’s not news that books and food go together well. Obviously we think so – you can read our posts on the 50 Best Food Memoirs, Penguin’s Great Food Series, The Best Literary Recipes, and Fiction in the Kitchen: 30 Culinary Novels to name just a few. Reading and eating are two of the great […]

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini published today

Some authors churn out books nearly at the pace one would read them, but Khaled Hosseini takes his time with his craft.  It has been six years, less a day, since Khaled Hosseini published  A Thousand Splendid Suns; and  it is one week shy of the 10th anniversary of  his debut novel, The Kite Runner, […]

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Bookstores of New York

Last week I was in New York. The purpose of the visit was to attend two antiquarian book fairs, but I always try to make time to visit booksellers in their stores. Nothing can replace the touch and feel of a beautiful book and talking to someone that is passionate about what they do. Walking […]

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The Color Coding of Vintage Penguins

Our latest video is brought to you by the letter P: Penguin, Puffin, Ptarmigan, Peacock and Pelican – apparently not even all of the “P-birds” in the Penguin pantheon. It also sheds some light on the different colored covers on the vintage Penguin paperbacks you no doubt come across in bookstores. Orange, cerise, dark blue, […]

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The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf

It’s been 70 years this month since Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece of innocence, simplicity and wonder Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) was first published. Few books or stories have managed to capture the sense of joy and honesty of children, of mystery in the universe, and of the beauty of simple acceptance, nearly as […]

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