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The Headless Horseman: A Strange Tale of Texas by Mayne Reid

The lunch table in the AbeBooks staff room is certainly never dull. Different combinations of staffers from various departments congregate to eat their lunches, and the conversation can run the gamut from heated political discussion, to pop culture, to local events and more. The only topic off-limits is work, though that rule is bent whenever […]

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Banned Books Week 2014

It’s Banned Books Week again. If you’re not familiar, Banned Books Week is an annual week-long series of events that celebrate our freedom to read, and call attention to how often that freedom is threatened and quashed. This year the promotions run September 21st – 27th. The American Library Association is the brains behind the […]

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Best Books for Babies – the Top 10 Board Books

Hello readers. I have been off for the past year, giving birth to and caring for a delicious baby, so please forgive my blog absence. And while some things never change – I am still a reader through and through – there are a couple of key differences. First, it seems that my preferred position in […]

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New York man gets medieval on King James Bible

A retired interior designer from upstate New York named Phillip Patterson recently decided that he wanted to learn more about the bible, so for the past six years he has spent upwards of 14 hours a day copying out the passages of the King James bible line by line; in much the same way that […]

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Hand painted bookmarks

I recently got a chance to take a small vacation to the west coast of Mexico. My wife and have become big fans of a small town just north of Puerto Vallarta called Sayulita. We really enjoy it because it’s family friendly and touristy enough that we can get around with a small child and […]

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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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Mourning Maeve Binchy

Beloved and well-known Irish author Maeve Binchy has died at the age of 72 after a brief illness, according to The Guardian.  Binchy was celebrated for her humor, and her vivid depiction of life in Ireland, as well as the warmth in her writing around friendship and family. One of her best-known books, Circle of Friends, was […]

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A Book Becomes The Best Graduation Present Ever

Brenna Martin, an 18-year-old living in Kenly, North Carolina, just graduated from high school. Upon graduation, her father Bryan Martin gave her a gift: a copy of the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, The Places You’ll Go!. For those unfamiliar with the book, it is entirely characteristic of Seuss in terms of rhyme and scansion and […]

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Yesterday’s Racist Books and Memorabilia – To Acknowledge or Ignore?

We look at many, many, many books in a day as part of the AbeBooks marketing team. They go as far back as ancient times, long before the printing press, and I see books from centuries ago every day. So it should come as no surprise that very often I end up reminded of the […]

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World Book Night

Participate in World Book Night – register, be given free books, and go forth in your community and give them away. Viva La Book!

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