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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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Airport book signings

The Wall Street Journal reports on the growing trend towards book signings in airports. Madeleine Albright, Magic Johnson, Cesar Millan and Donald Trump have all flogged their books in airports apparently.

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Famous authors doodling

Yesterday I found a neat post featuring doodles from famous authors like Franz Kafka, Kurt Vonnegut, and Allen Ginsberg. The one by Syliva Plath where she is being chased by a hot-dog and a marshmallow is my personal favourite. You can check them out on Flavorwire I also checked out AbeBooks and found some neat […]

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AbeBooks bestsellers January 2011

Top 10 bestselling books on AbeBooks.com 1. Give Me Liberty! An American History by Eric Foner 2. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson 3. Night by Elie Wiesel 4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 6. Nothing But The Truth by Avi 7. […]

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