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The Avid Reader December 2008
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» Bookbinding

» On the Site

» Most expensive sales in November

As 2008 draws to a close, the last Avid Reader of the year is a special edition. I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours in the workshop of a professional bookbinder, and learn a bit about what it takes to repair, restore and protect books.

Thanks for your support throughout the year, and as always, keep reading.

Enjoy!

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FEATURED ARTICLE

Dave Allen: Book Binder Bookbinding

Dave Allen is a surviving member of an endangered species - a professional bookbinder. Pick up your Yellow Pages - there won't be many listed. Bookbinding is a highly skilled craft requiring enormous patience, concentration and knowledge. It is also a profession kept alive by a few dedicated bibliophiles like Allen.

His studio, located in a workshop behind his house, is 15 minutes drive from the AbeBooks' headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia, on the western coast of Canada. His firm is called Beddall Bookbinding, Conservation and Restoration, and he makes his living doing custom repairs and restorations, as well as contractual work for newspapers and other businesses. Much of his repair work is drilling and side-sewing books that have fallen apart after only one or two reads.

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ON THE SITE

Our Man in Havana turns 50

Our Man in HavanaGraham Greene's classic spy novel is still poking fun at politics 50 years after its publication.

Learn more about Our Man in Havana

Revisiting Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary RoadLeo and Kate hit the screen again as an unsatisfied suburbanite couple trying to save their marriage and enjoy their lives.

See more Books into Movies

Cooking with Booze

Cooking with BoozeDelicious creations to nourish our bodies and tastebuds - and with the addition of booze, spirits are sure to be raised.

Learn how to Cook with Booze
Signed Bestsellers in November
  1. The Audacity of Hope
    Barack Obama
  2. A Mercy
    Toni Morrison
  3. The Widows of Eastwick
    John Updike
  4. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
    David Wroblewski
  5. The Graveyard Book
    Neil Gaiman
See The Whole List on the Homepage

Most Expensive Books Sold in November
  1. Goslar Gospels
    $7,470
  2. Edge Chronicles
    Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - $7,000
  3. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Arctic Ocean
    Richard King - $5,995
  4. Cinq livres De l'imposture et tromperie des diables: des enchantements et sorcelleries, pris du latin de Jean Wier
    Johann Weyer - $5,867
  5. Dreams From My Father
    Barack Obama - $5,500
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