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Just a smidge of a trailer for JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts

And it never ends (but secretly we are all very happy about that). Here’s the trailer, “just a smidge” of a video, for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off. We have to wait until November 2016. You’ll remember that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was on Harry’s […]

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AbeBooks’ Literary Link Lineup

Mars and Martin and Margaret and more…   1. JK Rowling traces Harry Potter’s family tree back to the middle ages 2. Coffee heir Henry Folger’s love of collecting Shakespeare. 3. Want a Dahl with that? 4. Sotheby’s Sale in early December to feature early editions of Shakespeare and the first English book about dogs. […]

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AbeBooks’ Literary Link Lineup

Donald Trump’s new book, secret messages in Harry Potter books and a wonderful essay by author David Sedaris – all in this week’s edition of the Literary Link Lineup: 1. The appeal of magical boarding schools. 2. The Daphne Awards – Celebrates the best book of 50 years ago. 3. The Guardian reports on the sad […]

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Harry Potter Illustrated Editions

Exciting news for Harry Potter fans! Bloomsbury Publishing has released 15 images from the upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Iconic scenes from the immensely popular book have been drawn by Jim Kay – an illustrator based in the UK (who said that his favorite character to draw was Hagrid). Kay will […]

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Book Covers as Gifs – Delightful!

We love books (that should come as no surprise) and we certainly love beautiful iconic book covers. When someone goes ahead and adds a little bit of whimsy to these covers, our hearts beat a little bit faster. Slate recently shared a post highlighting the work of artist Javier Jensen who added subtle GIFs to some […]

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Signed copy of Robert Galbraith’s Silkworm sells for $1,720

One day, that’s all it took for The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith to become a collectible book. Yesterday, the day of the novel’s release, a signed copy of The Silkworm written by JK Rowling under the Galbraith pen name sold for $1,720 on AbeBooks. The book was sold shortly after being listed for sale on […]

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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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More on The Cuckoo’s Calling – Signed First Sells for $4,453

More news around The Cuckoo’s Calling and JK Rowling‘s (Robert Galbraith’s) recent marketing brilliance. The most expensive copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling that we at AbeBooks have sold on the marketplace this week was a signed first edition that went for $4,453 / £2,950. The signature was Robert Galbraith (we wondered – would a copy […]

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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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Annotated Philosopher’s Stone sells at auction for £150,000

The English charity PEN held an auction yesterday where they acquired a large number of first editions from various authors and then had the authors sign, annotate, and in some cases illustrate these editions.  The auction, which was entitled “First Editions, Second Thoughts” raised £439,000 for the charity whose goal is to fight censorship and […]

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