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A Scottish grandmother reads Wonky Donkey and creates a bestseller

A YouTube video of a Scottish grandmother reading the children’s book The Wonky Donkey to her grandson, and cracking up, has created worldwide demand for this title.  AbeBooks has seen interest from people around the world since the start of September. Hundreds of copies have sold. Wonky Donkey was the top search term on […]

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10 novels set in bookstores

Probably the best book about a bookstore is 84 Charing Cross Road, but what about fiction? There is actually a mini-genre of novels set in bookstores dating back 100 years to the books of Christopher Morley. Romance, mysteries, and tales about life-changing events seem to be the main themes. John Dunning, who still owns an […]

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A bookselling podcast: interview with Russell Books

For the latest Behind the Bookshelves podcast, we visited Russell Books – a bookshop just up the road from the AbeBooks office. Situated in downtown Victoria, BC, this store is well known to us, being one of the first three sellers to appear on AbeBooks when our marketplace was launched in June 1996. Many of […]

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17 London bookshops for true bibliophiles

Take a video tour of some of London’s finest bookshops from Chelsea to Chiswick, from Bloomsbury to Charing Cross Road. We highlight high-end antiquarian specialists, sellers of general used books and community bookshops.

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Sisters in antiquarian bookselling: meet Elisabeth and Sally Burdon

Meet Elisabeth (left) and Sally Burdon. A pair of sisters involved in the antiquarian bookselling community and yet operating businesses thousands of miles apart. Elisabeth runs Old Imprints in Portland, Oregon, and is one of the most interesting sellers of ephemera that we know. Sally runs Asia Bookroom in Canberra, Australia, a business that specializes […]

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A new chapter for Maggs Bros in Bedford Square

Maggs Bros, one of the world’s oldest antiquarian booksellers, has moved to new premises in London. The firm, which employs 20 staff, now has its headquarters in a Georgian townhouse in Bedford Square in Bloomsbury. They spent almost eight decades in Berkeley Square. This is the latest chapter in the long life of a business that […]

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Booklovers descend on Olympia for London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Almost every book that ever made a mark on the world appears to be here at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair in the Olympia exhibition centre. It’s rather like the world’s largest lesson in book history. A Paradise Lost here, numerous James Bond first editions there, a liberal sprinkling of Evelyn Waughs across the […]

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Printer’s Error – absurd moments in book history

Rare book expert Rebecca Romney, who is one of half of the team behind Honey and Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, has co-authored a book that will bring a smile to anyone who enjoys the stories behind books, authors, publishers and all the other folks connected with the book trade. In Printer’s Error, Romney, and co-author […]

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Moe’s Books – a Berkeley landmark since 1959

A few weeks ago, I visited Moe’s Books in Berkeley, California, on a quiet Sunday morning. It was 10am and the students were just starting to emerge and consider their brunch options. You get a feeling for Moe’s long and eventful history when you immediately spot this poster for sale just inside the entrance. What […]

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China In Print – Asia’s Premier Rare Book, Photograph and Map Fair

The 5th annual China in Print – Hong Kong Rare Book, Photograph and Map Fair opens Friday 18th and AbeBooks is pleased to be a sponsor of this premier fair. With a focus on Asian printed material, visitors will have the opportunity to see a wonderful collection of rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and other […]

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