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Mowgli’s legend lives on – signed copy of Jungle Book sells for $3,800

Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book movie, released last month, continues to spark interest in Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s stories, first published as a book in 1894, with a signed copy selling for $3,800 via the AbeBooks marketplace. The book in question was an early printing but came in near fine condition with a super clear signature […]

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Rare booksellers celebrate World Book Day with pop-up fairs across the globe

The rare booksellers of the world united today to celebrate World Day Day with a global series of pop-up book fairs, stretching from Perth and Tokyo to Paris and Munich to Chicago and Portland, Oregon. The events – organised by ILAB – promoted reading and the joy of books, and also raised money for UNESCO’s efforts […]

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Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island

A Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s great rare books, has been found in a stately home on the Scottish island of Bute, reports the BBC. Only 230 copies of the First Folio, which contains Shakespeare’s plays, are known to exist. The last copy to be found was discovered in 2014 in a library […]

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ILAB’s 2016 Chicago pop-up fair to grace Glessner House

More news from ILAB on the association’s plans for UNESCO’s World Book & Copyright Day on April 23. Twelve Chicago booksellers will hold a pop-up book fair at Glessner House, the historic building designed for the family of industrialist John Jacob Glessner by architect Henry Hobson Richardson. All members of the Midwest Chapter of the […]

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Memories of reading To Kill a Mockingbird

I’ve read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird twice. I have no interest in reading Go Set a Watchman, and won’t be picking it up. My first encounter with Mockingbird came in the early 1990s when I was trying to read as many ‘classics’ as possible. Unlike Moby Dick and Heart of Darkness, I read […]

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He Was Right – Celebrating Einstein with Ephemera and Books

In honor of today’s scientific discovery, AbeBooks has gathered a selection of unique and fascinating pieces of ephemera and books related to Albert Einstein. So it looks like Albert Einstein knew what he was talking about. After years of searching, scientists have confirmed that they have indeed detected gravitational waves for the very first time. These […]

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Recovered from a garage, Robert Heinlein’s original typed manuscript for Friday listed for sale

Stored in a garage for years, Robert Heinlein’s original typed manuscript for his 1982 science fiction novel, Friday, has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com by The Fine Books Company located in Rochester, Michigan. This manuscript was Heinlein’s last to be created on a typewriter before the author switched to a computer – a computer-generated […]

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K-pop Erupts over a Book-Inspired ‘Sexualized’ Pop Song

A controversy surrounding a song by one of South Korea’s biggest female K-pop stars, IU, has ignited interest in My Sweet Orange Tree – an autobiographical novel by Brazilian author José Mauro de Vasconcelos originally published in 1968. The novel describes the misadventures of a five-year-old protagonist called Zeze. IU’s song is also called Zeze […]

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Discover the book Keith Richards would take to a desert island

What book would you take to a desert island? Rolling Stones star Keith Richards selected Doctor Dogbody’s Leg by James Norman Hall when he appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs show last month. The book is an entertaining collection of short stories told by Dr. Dogbody, a crusty one-legged old sailor, in a […]

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Vincent Price’s cookbook back in print to celebrate 50th anniversary

Vincent and Mary Price’s famous cookbook – A Treasury of Great Recipes – has been reissued to celebrate its 50 anniversary with NPR doing an interesting piece on the book this morning. This recipe book had been one of the most sought-after out-of-print books in the world for many years. A Treasury of Great Recipes was […]

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