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Carnforth Bookshop – a Lancashire tradition since 1977

North of Morecambe and east of the M6, Carnforth Bookshop is an independent, family-run business in the historic town of Carnforth in a part of Lancashire where there’s a hint of the seaside in the air. Located on Market Street on a very recognizable brick building, the shop was established in 1977 and visitors will find […]

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Derbyshire’s Scarthin Books – beating the odds since 1974

In 2008, The Guardian revealed its list of the 10 best bookshops in the world. Scarthin Books from Cromford in Derbyshire was on the list. Quite an achievement for a bookshop in a small rural community. David Mitchell is the founder and owner of Scarthin. He started the business in 1974 with just a single […]

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Books of the Beat Generation, from Rob Warren Books

Rob Warren is no stranger to nostalgia. The Bronx-born bibliophile traded in it for years as the owner of Skyline Books. Skyline was a New York City bookshop that made its home on W. 18th Street in Manhattan for two decades, until its closure in 2010. Its proprietor’s background was as book-soaked as one could […]

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Next stop Munich’s pop-up rare book fair

My colleague Charlotte Lacroix visited the ILAB pop-up rare book fair in Munich earlier today. The event took place in Kaufmanns-Casino and I particularly adore the idea of books appearing in a place of gambling. Kaufmanns-Casino is a famous cocktail venue where Munich’s movers and shakers like to drink after work and it’s been that […]

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A photographic tour of the ILAB pop-up rare book fairs around the world

To celebrate UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day, ILAB booksellers have organised pop-up book fair around the world. Take a photographic tour of the events going on around the globe today. Visit the ILAB pop-up book fair blog for more details.

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York Antiquarian Book Seminar Prize Draw

Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectable books? The second York Antiquarian Book Seminar is an educational event held over three days in York in September, 2015 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for […]

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Bails, balls and books: from Wisden collector to Wisden bookseller

The Wisden Shop in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, sells… well…Wisdens – the bible of the cricket world since 1864. Chris Ridler is the man behind this specialist bookselling venture and I’ll let him tell his story. It’s a tale that goes way beyond books. “The main oddity may be that I am really just a collector […]

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Great deals on classic literature from Oxford University Press

Our friends at Books2Anywhere, one of our longtime booksellers, have sliced 55% off the RRP price for more than 200 titles published by Oxford University Press. This offer lasts until December 31. Lots of classic literature is available here, including some masterpieces from Trollope, Kipling, Woolf and Lovecraft. There is also a decent helping of […]

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Off the Beaten Path Bookshops

Forget London, ignore Paris, neglect New York. Let’s go to some isolated, hard-to-find bookshops where the passion for books burns brightly. From a Welsh hillside with no neighbours for miles around to a remote peninsula in Alaska, visit some of the world’s most remote bookshops – all of whom sell on the AbeBooks marketplace. Destination […]

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