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Trump’s pipeline orders sparks interest in Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – the book that launched the modern environmental movement – was the most searched for book on AbeBooks.com yesterday with 1984 by George Orwell a close second. Silent Spring was published in 1962 and addressed the indiscriminate use of pesticides at the time. The last edition was published in 2003. […]

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What is ephemera?

Ever wondered what the word ‘ephemera’ means? You may have heard it mentioned in used bookshops or in connection with something that seems old and paper-related. Well, our latest YouTube video provides the exact definition.

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Backgammon’s back. Surge in demand for backgammon books

Is backgammon undergoing a revival? It appears many people will receive backgammon sets this Christmas along with books about learning to play the board game. Sales of backgammon guidebooks have been steadily increasing on the AbeBooks marketplace since the start of October. And then over the weekend, a long out-of-print book, Vanity Fair’s Backgammon to […]

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Fans swoop for Leonard Cohen books, but which one to buy?

Fans of Leonard Cohen have been converging on AbeBooks.com since the news of his death, searching for books from the Canadian singer-songwriter’s original career as a poet and an author. It appears many fans are unsure which book to buy as the most popular search term on AbeBooks since Cohen’s death has been simply “Leonard […]

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The Strange Story of the Sea Monk

In the middle of the 16th century, a strange creature was found off the coast of Denmark.  No-one is quite sure how the discovery came about or how it came to be debated by Europe’s brightest thinkers. But what followed was a combination of Chinese (or Danish) whispers combined with the Renaissance version an urban […]

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Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton – who wins in rare book sales?

After the bookish glory of Barack Obama’s bid to become president in 2008, books have barely been mentioned during the battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In 2008 and 2009, AbeBooks sold more 50 copies of books written by Obama for prices in excess of $1,000 – one signed copy of Dreams from my […]

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Discover how Brazil looked in 1840 thanks to this historic print

A beautiful piece of panoramic artwork displaying an historic view of Salvador in Brazil’s Bahia state has sold for $8,000 on AbeBooks. This revealing print, created around 1840, shows how the city looked in the middle of the 19th century. Today, Salvador has a population of well over two million people and skyscrapers dominate its […]

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Interview with BargainBookStores

BargainBookStores have sold with AbeBooks since January 2002 and currently list more than 800,000 books for sale on our marketplace. Co-owner Ralf Scharnowski took a few minutes to answer our questions about life as a marketplace bookseller. AbeBooks: How did your business start? Ralf Scharnowski: “On a Lake Michigan beach. My family was vacationing with […]

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Don’t miss the Chicago Map Fair

The fourth annual Chicago Map Fair takes place this weekend. It opens at 5pm on Friday 28 October with a preview and runs through 30 October with doors opening at 10am on Saturday and Sunday. A host of specialist sellers will be offering collectible antique maps, atlases, prints and globes covering all the regions of […]

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Discovering Skeletons in the Attic – mystery author Judy Penz Sheluk on unraveling family secrets

Crime writer Judy Penz Sheluk is back with a new mystery novel called Skeletons in the Attic. Her debut novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, was published in July 2015. Skeletons in the Attic is the first book in what is going to be the Marketville Mystery Series. The heroine of Skeletons is Calamity (Callie) Barnstable who […]

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