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Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year shortlist

The Diagram Prize just may be my favorite literary award (although the Bad Sex Award is right up there), it’s an annual competition to determine the strangest book title published in the last 12 months – many previous winners can be found in the halls of the Weird Book Room.  From Stray Shopping Carts of […]

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The Saturday Books

The Saturday Book was an annual miscellany that featured art, literature and comment on British life during World War II and the decades that followed until 1975. The series was initially edited by Leonard Russell with John Hadfield taking over the reins in 1952. Each edition of The Saturday Book provides a wonderful glimpse into […]

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AbeBooks January Bestsellers

AbeBooks.com top 10 Bestselling Books 1. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey 3. Beloved by Toni Morrison 4. They Say / I Say by Gerald Graff 5. Sula by Toni Morrison 6. Give Me Liberty! By Eric Foner 7. Their Eyes Were Watching God […]

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50 Essential Science Fiction Books

This was  a virtually impossible task. Put together a list of 50 must-read science fiction books  and don’t make anyone angry. Science fiction is the most discussed and argued  over genre in literature but it actually goes way beyond books and into film,  TV, video games and even toys. Here are the criteria we used. One […]

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The 25 Best Books about Abraham Lincoln

At least 15,000 books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. If you wish to learn about the man who led the North during the American Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 then you are not going to be restricted by choice. (AbeBooks alone has more […]

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The Bernie Madoff book collection

It’s always interesting to find out what books people own, it gives you a small window into someone’s life and places their interests, passions, and sense of humor on display.  Most of my colleagues and I have admitted that when we get invited into someone’s home, we will often scan over our hosts bookshelves, just […]

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AbeBooks.com December 2012 Bestsellers

AbeBooks.com top 10 bestselling books from December 2012 1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 2. The Shack by William P. Young 3. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey 4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck 6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 7. […]

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The top 100 most searched for out-of-print books

Our friends at BookFinder compile one of the most interesting lists in the book business – the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in the United States. Sadly, books fall out-of-print when publishers decide that there isn’t enough demand. That’s when the used book market becomes important for ensuring that these hard-to-find titles can […]

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Bill Gates’ Top Reads of 2012

For those of you who didn’t know, Bill Gates – yes that Bill Gates – has a blog; on which he writes about the sorts of things that would interest any multi-billionaire philanthropist/technologist: Education, Health, Development, and most importantly Books. Most recently he has posted his top 10 reads from 2012 including full reviews of […]

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Top 10 AbeBooks sales from November 2012

Our most  expensive sales during November 2012 featured a book of paintings by Belgian artist  and botanist Pierre-Joseph Redouté, who was so famous for his watercolors of  roses, lilies and other flowers that he was dubbed the “The Raphael of  Flowers.”  A copy of his most famous publication Les Roses sold  for $28,000. The British  […]

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