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A Tour of Tokyo's Bookshops

Welcome to Jimbocho, Japan's book paradise.

AbeBooks staffer Colin Laird recently indulged in some bookshop tourism, and found himself in the heart of Jimbocho, Tokyo's book district. From colourful shopfronts of wall-to-wall manga to purveyors of rare, literary antiquities, the printed word is alive, well, and right at your fingertips in Tokyo, Japan.

Andre Alexis wins Giller Prize

Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

Andre Alexis has won the Giller Prize for his book Fifteen Dogs. The gods Hermes and Apollo argue about what would happen if animals had human intelligence, so they make a bet that leads them to grant consciousness and language to a group of dogs.

10 Editions of Grimm's Fairytales

Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

For over two centuries, people have been reading the Fairy Tales first put out by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1812. From leather and gilt to decorated cloth, explore ten different, beautiful editions from over the years.

50 Essential Young Adult Novels

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Don't let the label limit you - young adult or 'YA' fiction has plenty to offer seasoned readers, as well. With relatable situations and dynamic characters, some of the most riveting novels going are YA. We've chosen 50 not to miss.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

So You ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Timely and topical in a world squirming under the scrutinizing lens of social media, Jon Ronson's new book examines the changing nature and application of shame in our society, and is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.