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Bestselling Books and Bestselling Signed Books, August 2012

The bestselling signed book on AbeBooks.com for August was The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, the debut novel from English author Rachel Joyce. The top 10 bestselling books on AbeBooks.com in August included two titles by Toni Morrison – her first and fifth novels, The Bluest Eye and Beloved, respectively. The surge […]

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Frankenstein: To Lord Byron, From Mary Shelley

One of our booksellers, Peter Harrington has come into possession of a most wonderful and rare item – an association copy of Frankenstein, inscribed by Mary Shelley… to Lord Byron. The story of Frankenstein’s inception is legendary, and this copy clearly has its own to story to tell. What an incredible find. My colleague Richard […]

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August’s Most Expensive Sales on AbeBooks

The Old Man and the Sea was published 60 years ago this week and one lucky person has marked the anniversary by paying $18,500 for a signed first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel. The inscription was: “with very best wishes, Ernest Hemingway, Keywest/1958.” If you’d like to know more about Hemingway’s time in Key […]

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Elvis Presley’s Library Card

In 1948, when Elvis Presley was just 13 years old, he checked a copy of The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson out from his school library in Memphis, Tennessee. The card, complete with the young Presley’s signature, was discovered by a librarian while getting rid of old books. It, along with a copy […]

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AbeBooks’ top 10 bestselling signed books of 2011

AbeBooks’ bestselling signed books of the year were…. some rather decent books. 1. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht 2.The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 3.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 5. Swamplandia! By Karen Russell 6. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin 7. A […]

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Letter of Advice from Harper Lee

A young fan of To Kill a Mockingbird wrote to Harper Lee requesting a signed photo, and received this handwritten letter instead.

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Julian Barnes wins Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending

On his fourth time being shortlisted for the prize, Julian Barnes has been announced the winner of this year’s £50,000 Man Booker award. The Sense of an Ending, Barnes’ first novel in six years, is the story of a seemingly ordinary man who, when revisiting his past in later life, discovers that the memories he […]

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Books signed by comedians

From legendary comedians such as Groucho Marx (a true bibliophile) to performers from the past decade like Simon Pegg, literature penned by stars of stand-up, sit-coms and comedy movies is plentiful. AbeBooks has autobiographies, diaries, memoirs, books for children and novels – all signed. I think out of all these books I would most like […]

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Shelf Help: The Best Guides to Book Collecting

Are you a beginner to book-collecting? Read up. Start with John Carter’s vital ABC for Book Collectors and browse through another 20 recommendations.

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A Visit to the Bookshelf of One Avid Reader

Enjoy a video tour of the bookshelf of one of our staff.

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