A Tour of Tokyo's Bookshops
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.
Amy Stewart's Girl Waits with Gun
Amy Stewart knows books. Based in Northern California, she not only co-owns a bookstore, but also has written many books herself, on non-fiction topics from earthworms to toxic plants and more. Girl Waits with Gun, her first full-length novel, is riveting historical fiction.
Fore-Edge Paintings: Beauty on the Edge
In the 16th-century, artist Cesare Vecellio discovered that the fore-edge of a book was an empty surface waiting for beautification. Since then, countless artists have made their marks on the page-edges of every classic imaginable, a tradition still observed today.
50 Essential Graphic Novels
While the term 'graphic novel' only entered common usage as recently as the 1970s, the form of heavily picture-based stories with text has actually existed since the 19th-century. And far from the superhero-laden ideas people might picture, this is real literature.
Novellas: Literature's Middle Child
More than a short story, yet less than a novel, too short to get bored, but long enough to get invested - some people think a novella is just the right size. From A Clockwork Orange to Breakfast at Tiffany's and beyond, these are some of the best novellas out there.