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Profile of Ausssie bookseller Leo Berkelouw

The Southern Highland News, a newspaper in New South Wales, profiles Leo Berkelouw of Berkelouw Books – one of Australia’s best known rare booksellers. This dealer has 30,000 books listed with AbeBooks. It’s a family company that’s been going for a long, long time. “The business started in Holland in 1812 by my great great […]

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Edward Bayntun-Coward interview

The ILAB site has an interview with rare book dealer Edward Bayntun-Coward of George Bayntun, who sell through AbeBooks. One of my friends at Oxford was a certain David Cameron. When I told him that I was going to be a book dealer, he replied that he was going to be Prime Minister. After graduating […]

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Read like the rich: Summer reading picks from J.P. Morgan

The Wall St. Journal featured a summer reading list produced by J.P. Morgan Private Bank for their richest and most elite clients. 1. On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System by Henry M. Paulson Jr. 2. Life is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to […]

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Jeannette Winterson’s fruit and veg shop

Author Jeannette Winterson is the fruit and veg gaffer of Spitalfields in London. This is a truly interesting piece of writing from Winterson. When I first came to Spitalfields in 1990, the Ten Bells pub was still an all-nighter, and about four in the morning, when the market was in full swing loading up for […]

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Glenn Beck sends Road to Serfdom onto bestseller lists

Glenn Beck, the right-wing commentator, doesn’t usually influence book sales at AbeBooks. We don’t really share the same audience but yesterday was a huge exception. Beck’s extensive discussion of The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Heyek meant AbeBooks enjoyed a huge scramble for copies yesterday. This influential economics book, published in 1944, argues against centrally-planned […]

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Britain’s best independent bookshops

The Daily Telegraph lists Britain’s best independent bookshops. Barter Books is there as always. Oddly, they include the Wigtown Book Festival on the list. Strictly speaking, Wigtown comes into the booktown category with so many fine bookshops.

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Bookbinding Trappist monks

The Catholic Sentinel isn’t on my usual reading list but this is a fascinating article about the monks at the Trappists of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey in Oregon and their bookbinding business. A steady base of about 30 colleges, especially Portland State University, has been the mainstay of the monks’ book work. It’s the […]

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No hable español

No hable español en la librería.

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Bookdealer magazine up for sale

The excellent Bookdealer magazine, a copy of which is lying on my desk, is up for sale. Here is the editorial from the owner Michael Berry. I hope someone picks it up and Mike Berry deserves congratulations for his sterling work. The time has come, for personal reasons, for me to finish publishing Bookdealer. April […]

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Borders UK shuts up shop

I may mock Texas but things are bad in the UK too. Forty five Borders bookshops are closing for good probably about now as I write this post. What a mess and I pity those employees who are going to have a thoroughly miserable jobless Christmas.

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