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Take a virtual tour of Canada’s biggest used bookstore

Meet Jordan and Andrea, the husband and wife team who run Canada’s largest used bookstore in Victoria, BC (which also happens to be home to AbeBooks HQ).  Locals and tourists alike flock to Russell Books on Fort St. to spend hours (and hours) roaming isles that span three floors, each worth a thorough browse. Take […]

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AbeBooks Visits the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

The 2015 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair took place October 10-11 in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center, steps away from the Space Needle and AbeBooks was there! Close to 100 book dealers exhibited their wares and bought and sold unique books and ephemera. Despite, or perhaps because of, torrential rain on Saturday, the fair was […]

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Save the Date – Sydney Rare Book Fair November 5th – 7th

The Sydney Rare Book Fair is just around the corner. This year’s event will take place from Thursday November 5th to Saturday November 7th at the heritage Customs House at Circular Quay. Visitors to the fair will see a wonderful selection of books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs and ephemera. This year, Cali Andersen (Andersen’s Bindery, […]

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Signed Barack Obama book sells for $12,500

Here is a list of the top ten most expensive sales on AbeBooks in the month of January. Barack Obama continues to be super hot among book collectors once again smashing the previous Obama book price record of $5500. Top 10 most expensive books purchased on AbeBooks for January 2009 1. YA-WAE PA-HU-CAE E-CAE AE-TA-NAE […]

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Harry Potter and the Most Expensive Sales Ever

Behold, muggles and magicians alike! The new and improved List of Most Expensive Harry Potter Books Ever Sold on AbeBooks is here. From a whopping $37,000 for a first edition of Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone to a paltry sum of only $3,000 for a set of all seven American first editions, they’re all here. […]

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Top 10 Bits of Ephemera I Can’t Afford (But Would Like, Please).

Presenting, in no particular order…the top 10 things that aren’t quite books but are book-related that I would like to own, but can’t quite afford, so someone please buy them for me. Thank you. 1. Signed Photo of Pablo Picasso. I love Picasso. I love his art, and having seen/read much about him, he seemed […]

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Victoria Times-Colonist Book Sale Dates 2009

Oh, huzzah. The Times-Colonist book sale is upon us again. This year’s dates are February 21-22 here in Victoria, BC, at the NOW furniture store on the corner of Douglas and Queens. To all my friends who last year went “Argh! Why didn’t you TELL ME it was on?!?” when I showed you all my […]

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Bizarre Books

In doing some research for a feature I’m putting together about unusual book bindings, I came across the book Bizarre Books by Russell Ash and Brian Lake. I immediately think this is a book I want to read, and possibly own. I love when people are so passionate about books that they write something like […]

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Bookbinding in a Modern World

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Dave Allen, a local bookbinder. We talk and write a lot around here about rare books, antiquarian books, collectible books, and first edition books, so it was a real treat to go and learn a bit about their creation, restoration and […]

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