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September’s bestselling signed books

Once a month we like to take a peek at our top-selling signed books. September was a busy month for literary award-finalists – our list includes two National Book Award and four Man Booker finalists. 1. Purity by Jonathan Franzen 2. Brief History of Seven Killings by James Marlon 3. A Full Life: Reflections at […]

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AbeBooks’ bestselling signed books

Once a month we like to take a peek at our top-selling signed books. This month’s list features an ex-president, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and an astronaut.  British neurologist Oliver Sacks’ book Awakenings makes a special appearance following his death on August 30th, 2015. 1. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter 2. Ready […]

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Bookslut blog announces 2015 Daphne Awards shortlist

The Daphne Awards are back. Organised by the Bookslut book blog, these awards celebrate literature from 50 years ago – in this case 1965. This year’s shortlist has just been announced by Jessa Crispin who has run Bookslut for as long as I can remember. AbeBooks.com is thrilled to be a partner once again. The […]

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Book Covers as Gifs – Delightful!

We love books (that should come as no surprise) and we certainly love beautiful iconic book covers. When someone goes ahead and adds a little bit of whimsy to these covers, our hearts beat a little bit faster. Slate recently shared a post highlighting the work of artist Javier Jensen who added subtle GIFs to some […]

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AbeBooks’ Literary Link Lineup

Ten literary links to get your week started: 1. Lithub talks about 5 books making news this week. 2. LA Times interviews author Amy Stewart (The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants) about her new fiction book Girl Waits With Gun. 3. NPR Books presents an End of Summer Comics Collection. 4. BookRiot tells us What Happens […]

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Who’s your book hero?

By our definition, a book hero is ‘a person admired for noble achievements relating to the preservation and celebration of books and reading.’ Book heroes come in all shapes and sizes and can include parents, friends, teachers, librarians, community workers or neighbors. We’re celebrating the world’s book heroes by sharing their magnificent stories. Meet a school […]

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Housebreaking by Dan Pope

As both an author and a bookseller, Dan Pope is well-versed in the world of books. A true bibliophile, Dan has been selling books on AbeBooks for over 10 years. In that time he’s written two novels and a selection of short stories for Postroad, McSweeney’s, Crazyhorse, Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, Witness, the Iowa Review and more. […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Picks for April

Every month the Amazon Book Editors select the biggest and brightest books of the month, and we have to hand it to them – they know how to pick ’em.  Without fail, they anticipate the award-winners, the bestsellers, and the knock-out reads. In fact, I currently I have my nose in an Amazon pick from last September, The […]

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Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius – Conscious But Paralyzed

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares, like it must be invented by a tortured imagination. But Locked-in Syndrome is a real affliction, a rare neurological disorder. It is characterized by total paralysis of muscles throughout the body, excepting the muscles that allow for eye movement. South African man Martin Pistorius – whose 2012 book […]

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Oxford Junior Dictionary Says: Goodbye Apricot, Acorn, Holly, Hamster

Interesting and distressing read on the Melville House web site this morning. It seems that since 2007, Oxford University Press have been quietly making some editorial changes to the Oxford Junior Dictionary that have a group of authors up in arms. Nature-associated words such as almond, blackberry, crocus, hamster, gerbil, ferret, goldfish and similar have […]

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