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Abebooks regularly publishes fascinating features about a huge variety of bookish subjects, including rare books and collecting, authors, publishers, and interesting characters in literature and notable anniversaries. Our lists are second to none in the book world and designed to inspire your next read or collectible purchase. Browse our feature archives below and you will discover unique content that will both entertain and inform.

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June 03, 2021
Welcome to the Weird Book Room on AbeBooks, where you'll find some of the most funny and bizarre books, the world has ever known.
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By Richard Davies
June 21, 2021
A good author should always suffer for his or her art. Well, the best travel writers suffer more than most, so perhaps that's why their books are so memorable. Here's our list of the best travel books to read.
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August 30, 2021
Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, the prince of darkness - call him what you will, but the devil is a such an intriguing force of evil that countless writers across many centuries have woven a devil, the devil or simply demonic themes into their work.
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August 03, 2021
From modern day dating challenges like swiping right to time travel and a passionate hunt for a ruthless serial killer these top romance picks will keep you turning the page.
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June 28, 2022
The J.R.R. Tolkien empire goes beyond the mainstream editions of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and his other Middle-earth books. We’ve combed through thousands of listings on AbeBooks to identify eye-catching examples of Tolkienabilia including a map, posters, art and unusual editions.
June 28, 2022
The J.R.R. Tolkien literary landscape is huge and constantly evolving. It's possible to find limited editions, deluxe editions, illustrated books, box sets and attractive modern editions. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are just the start when you visit Middle-earth.
June 28, 2022
Author and academic J.R.R .Tolkien changed our world by creating an imaginary world. Tolkien gave us ‘high fantasy’ where a new world is created through a writing style that offers immense detail about places, landscapes, cultures, and history. Learn more about the man who created Middle-earth.
June 28, 2022
AbeBooks is proud to support and promote book fairs and rare book events around the world. This calendar offers dates and details for important antiquarian and rare book fairs, and also events dedicated to paper collectibles and ephemera.
May 25, 2022
Bookseller Sam Wenger runs a business called Three Geese in Flight Celtic Books, and he specializes in books about Arthurian and Celtic mythology as well as medieval and mythic literature. For decades, he’s been inspired by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.
May 25, 2022
In November 2021, the warehouse of Berwyn Books was destroyed by fire - 400,000 books were lost. Within two months, a new bookselling business called the Berwyn Bookshop had been launched with the help of the local community.
May 17, 2022
A complete list of the International Booker Prize-winning books since 2016. Find signed copies of the best modern novels.
April 07, 2022
Our list of rare and collectible items includes J.M. Barrie's famous fictional island, a study of Egyptian tarot, several iconic 20th century first editions and books that span the globe.
April 04, 2022
Books have always struggled to convey the spectacular beauty of Rome’s Sistine Chapel. Until now. A five-year collaboration between the Vatican and two publishers has resulted in this luxury three-volume art book.
By Julie Oreskovich March 23, 2022
The New Naturalist Series is an on-going series of books published by Collins that focuses on natural history. The series, famous for its dust jacket designs, began in 1945 with Butterflies by E.B. Ford and more than 100 titles have been published.
March 17, 2022
In 1941, with Britain facing invasion by Germany, Collins published series of social history books called Britain in Pictures to create a record of British life. George Orwell, Graham Greene and Edith Sitwell were among the writers to contribute books. Today, these books are highly collectible.
February 28, 2022
Celebrate these rare bookselling businesses owned and operated by women. Discover how these booksellers launched their careers and their advice to young women wishing to enter antiquarian bookselling today.
By Richard Davies February 23, 2022
The Grand Budapest Hotel was one of the most successful movies of 2014 and nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best film and best director. But are you aware of the inspiration for this award-winning movie?
February 15, 2022
From Silent Spring to Gorillas in the Mist, this list features books published between 1911 and 1999 that highlighted environments and species in danger.
By Richard Davies February 10, 2022
Moraine Books is a proudly Finnish antiquarian bookselling company that’s dedicated to bringing Finland’s culture and literature to an international audience. Located in Vantaa, near Helsinki, this family business offers used and rare books, including numerous books by Tove Jansson who created the Moomins.