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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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AbeBooks.com bestsellers from November 2012

AbeBooks.com Top 10 bestselling books from November 2012 1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel 2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkie 3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie 4. The Shack by William P. Young 5. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by […]

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An array of Tom Wolfe books since 1965

Tom Wolfe doesn’t bring out a book very often. His latest novel is Back in Blood but his previous one before that was I am Charlotte Simmons in 2004. Back in Blood has been reviewed everywhere and it’s a big sprawling novel of American life and American strife set in Miami. His first book was […]

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AbeBooks top 10 October bestselling books

Top 10 bestselling books on AbeBooks.com 1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey  2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel 4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin 5. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel 6. The Giver’ by Louis Lowry 7. Man’s Search for […]

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Top 10 AbeBooks sales from October 2012

Once again the top 10 most expensive sales on AbeBooks has produced a combination of antiquarian rarities and sought  after 20th century first editions  including one of the most contentious books  of the modern age, The Satanic Verses. A rare limited edition of Salman Rushdie’s  1988 novel sold for almost $13,000 during October. The book […]

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Hilary Mantel Takes Home the 2012 Man Booker Prize

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel. As predicted by many, her novel Bring up the Bodies has just been announced in London’s Guildhall as the winner of this year’s £50,000 Man Booker Prize award. This also means that signed copies of Bring Up the Bodies will increase in value very quickly, so jump on it if you […]

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Best literary magazines & journals: New Yorker, Granta, Paris Review, Fiddlehead…

If you don’t read literary magazines and journals, you’re missing out on a world of fine writing. In our latest Avid Reader, my colleague Beth has assembled a list of literary magazines and journals dedicated to the art of creative writing, and the preservation and exploration of the written word. Poetry, prose, essays and more are […]

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9 Literary Locales I Wish Were Real

My favorite books are the ones in which I become totally immersed. I become attached to characters, invested in plot developments, and painfully, deeply emotionally involved in the story. Strange and exotic sounding people, unusual and fantastical food and drink, fictional sports – all the things a good book can make us long to experience. […]

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