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Edward D. Hoch Obituary

One of the last great mystery pulp writers passed on recently. The obituary of Edward D. Hoch was featured in The Guardian this morning. In every monthly issue since May 1973, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine has featured a short story by Edward D Hoch. Hoch, who has died after a heart attack aged 77, was […]

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Write and wrong

Thinking of writing a book? Don’t do it. There’s no money in it even if you get a publishing deal, says Boyd Tonkin at The Independent.

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Thank you

More than 250 people attended the AbeBooks.com Open House event last Friday. I thought may be 50 people would come along and would have been thrilled with 70, but they just kept arriving. In the end, we ran out of visitor badges. It was a real mixture of people – techies, project managers, marketing types, […]

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AbeBooks Open House

AbeBooks.com is hosting its first ever Open House today, so if you are in Victoria, BC, and wondering what it takes to work for us then pop down. We’re at 655 Tyee by the Bay Street Bridge. Look for the big glass building with Bala Fitness on the ground floor – we’re on the fifth […]

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AbeBooks.com Open House

Here at AbeBooks.com we have an on-going problem – the difficult task of finding new staff. We have an exceptionally high profile in Victoria, where our headquarters are located, and across Canada as a whole but we still have to work very hard to fill our vacancies. We also have a top notch HR director […]

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Cathy Waters – nothing beats bookselling

Here is Cathy Waters’ third and final posting of the week – this time she explains why the book business is the best business in the world ——————- When I started my first bookstore, it was my first foray into the retail world. Honestly, my first job was as a short-order cook at a fast-food […]

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Cathy Waters – banging the drum

Today, Cathy Waters recalls how the founders of AbeBooks used the media to spread the word. —————————- One of the interesting things about starting a new Internet company, in a time before Google, Facebook and iTunes, was how to promote the website. I don’t mean promoting the website as in banging your own drum, but […]

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Cathy Waters – life after AbeBooks

Today, we have our first guest post from Cathy Waters – one of the AbeBooks’ founders ———————– A lot of people ask me what I’ve done since we sold our interest in AbeBooks. Well, Keith, my husband, and I decided we would take a year off, do some travelling, then decide what we wanted to […]

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Stephen King coming soon to an office near you

Imagine being able to walk down the hall to your office lunchroom and be able to catch your favourite author talk for an hour while you munch down your tuna sandwich. The dream is a reality for some. Several major west coast companies (ie Google Microsoft, Starbucks, Yahoo, etc.) have been including author speaking events […]

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Haiku at work

While we’re still getting lots of entries daily in our Harry Potter poetry contest, BookNinja has posted some of the entries they have in their office/work Haiku contest My personal favourite thus far…. Orthopedic chair essentially useless since I slouch, chin in hand.

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