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Lost for 76 years – An Australian Family Treasure Comes Home

Books are not just ordinary products to be bought and sold. To some people, a book can have immense meaning and significance, particularly when it has been lost in the sands of time. One such story comes from Megan Billington from South-east Australia. Let’s listen to Megan explain. “My grandfather wrote a small 66-page paperback […]

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Literary Starbucks – Your Favorite Author’s Coffee Order

Some clever duck has created a quite funny concept on Tumblr. Literary Starbucks posts witty snippets of what a Starbucks order might look like, if placed by our favorite authors, and some fictional characters as well. They are quick and dirty, and often spot on: “George R.R. Martin goes up to the counter and orders […]

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Quick Phone Booth Change – Into a Tiny Library

Move over, Superman – you’re not the only one who can perform a quick change in a telephone booth. According to the New York Times, an architectural designer from the Upper West Side is the real hero of this story. John H. Locke has devised a system by which he can quickly enter an empty […]

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Feminist Ryan Gosling to Play Christian Grey?

Ahahaha. Wow, I never thought I would find a way to incorporate the term “feminist” and the term “Christian Grey” into the same blog post title. Kudos to me. Two vaguely literary items of note regarding the gorgeous golden god that is Ryan Gosling: 1) The web site “Feminist Ryan Gosling” now has an accompanying […]

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Bikinis Meet Books: Together at Last

I know it’s silly, but I can’t help really enjoying Matchbook.nu, which exists solely to match swimwear to book covers, as far as I can tell. Some of them are very clever and spot on (though with plenty of one-pieces and trunks, “bikinis” is not strictly accurate). A couple of my favorites: You can see […]

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Positions in Bed – One Youtube User’s Take

I blogged once about the difficulties of comfortable reading in bed and revealed that I am a tummy-and-elbow reader. When I asked around I discovered there were side readers, back-with-the-book-in-the-air readers, propped-against-headboard-or-pillow readers, and more – but the youtube user below gets into some positions I’ve never even attempted. Perhaps she’s into yoga.

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Nothing to See Here: Code 451

XML programmer Tim Bray is submitting a Ray Bradbury-themed proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force (the governing body of new internet stuff) to create a new Hypertext Transfer Protocol status code. I’m sure you’ve all stumbled across a Code 404 (many of which are creative and funny) when you’ve clicked a link with an […]

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A Little Thank-You on Facebook

It’s the Tuesday after a long weekend here at AbeBooks headquarters, and we’re feeling well-rested and cheerful. To share the good feelings, we’re offering a small thank-you, exclusive to our Facebook friends – a 10% off coupon. The code can be found on our Facebook wall. If you haven’t “liked” the AbeBooks Facebook page yet, […]

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Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Love Letters Digitized

The love letters between poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning have been digitized and can now be viewed online.

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Literary Recipes: Louisa May Alcott’s Apple Slump

Louisa May Alcott’s Apple Pal Dowdy or Apple Slump Recipe, and other delicious literary culinary concoctions. Books and food – what could be better?

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