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25 Things Learned From Opening a Bookstore

As someone who has often wistfully dreamed of opening my own bookstore (with a lovely soft couch-and-cushion section with story hour for kids, free coffee for grown-ups, and a leave-a-book-take-a-book section for swaps..), I enoyed reading this blog post called “25 Things I Learned From Opening a Bookstore”. It further confirmed my suspicion that not […]

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Launched today: AbeBooks’ Guide to Book Collecting

Welcome to AbeBooks’ Book Collecting Guide – a new educational section of the website dedicated to helping you understand the basic elements of book collecting and the terminology of booksellers. Our guide covers everything from what to collect to caring for your book collection. The guide includes an in-depth glossary of book terms (full of […]

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Understanding the Anatomy of a Book

This video is designed to help people understand some of the jargon used by booksellers when describing the physical aspects of a book. I’m sure you can figure out what the spine is but do you know your hinge from your joint? What about the endpapers? I recommend the AbeBooks glossary for learning more about […]

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Battle over ‘Keep calm and carry on’

‘Keep calm and carry on’ is a worthy motto. The Telegraph reports on Barter Books’ battle over the rights to merchandise goods carrying this wartime slogan. Barter Books, in the UK, is a long-time AbeBooks bookseller and owns one of only two surviving wartime originals of this famous poster. Do visit their bookshop in Alnwick, […]

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Book thief meets his match

A New York City book thief met in his match in Donald Davis of East Village Books in St Mark’s Place, who was a wrestler in high school. The NY Post reports. Three cheers for Donald. (Let’s the hope the thief gets thrown in the Big House where the tough guys will ask what his […]

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Chick Lit going out of fashion

Has the UK’s book-buyers given up on chick lit? The Independent asks why sales for some major writers are tanking. Even books from Marian Keyes and Jodi Picoult are remaining on the shelves. Anyone familiar with a book called The Tipping Point?

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San Francisco’s used & rare bookshops: three of the best

Last month I was in San Francisco and visited three booksellers who sell on AbeBooks. This is the video of what I saw in the Brick Row Book Shop, the Argonaut Book Shop and the Russian Hill Bookstore. All three are well established part of the Bay Area’s literary scene. The Brick Row Book Shop […]

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Larry McMurtry’s bookselling tips

A bookseller by the name of Larry McMurtry from Archer City in Texas explains how to run a used bookstore – lots of books and cheap real estate – in Business Week. I’m sure I’ve heard of that guy somewhere else.

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Sales boost for 2011 Booker contenders

The shortlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize is doing the trick for booksellers with the six books all enjoying a sales boost in the UK, reports the BBC. Snowdrops by AD Miller is leading the pack with Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch in second place.

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How much is that author in the window?

An author will spend a week sitting in the shop window of a London bookshop while she writes her next novel later this month. Isabel Losada – the author of The Battersea Park Road to Paradise – will write, Tweet, answer questions on Facebook, read and meditate. That woman is bonkers but we love her.

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