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Omar Sharif, Boris Pasternak, The KGB and the CIA

Midway through the year, while scanning a report of our recent high-value orders, a sale caught my eye. It was a copy of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel Doctor Zhivago, in its original Russian, bound in plain, blue cloth. It sold for $11,000. The bookseller’s description mentioned that this was the edition “covertly published by the […]

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Misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman sells for £988

A misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman has sold for £988 on the AbeBooks marketplace. Earlier this month, it emerged that a number of the UK first editions were missing sections of text from pages toward the end of Harper Lee’s novel. The Guardian had reported: A number of the first 25,000 copies of Harper […]

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Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North 2014 Booker Winner

The votes are in! Congratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan, whose novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been announced the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Not only is Flanagan now £50,000 richer, but he is now virtually guaranteed to be in the eye of the literary community, and […]

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One bad cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and five good ones

Penguin’s latest cover for that enduring children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is about as popular as a rattlesnake in a lucky dip. My sources tell me Roald Dahl is turning in his grave. The cover of the new Penguin Modern Classics edition is targeted at adults. No Charlie, no Mr Wonka – just […]

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Introducing The Alphabet Library: An A-Z of Forgotten Books

As far as we’re concerned, a good book never dies. It’s just hard to remember them all. Now, some forgotten books are going to be returning to the limelight as the Daily Telegraph has just published the first installment of The Alphabet Library: an A to Z of forgotten books. AbeBooks.co.uk is sponsoring this online […]

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Another Gerry Anderson story is go

Thunderbirds are go. Well, not exactly but something is go. The family of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, who died last year, have announced a new series of books will be published based on a story he had started before his death. The story concerns a secret organisation called Gemini Force One (GF1). MG Harris, the […]

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For sale: a reproduction of the Gutenberg Press

A very interesting item has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com – a fully functioning reproduction of the Gutenberg Press.  You can put a piece of history in your living room and print your own books. It’s one third scale of the original and hand-built from oak, and the seller reports that it is more […]

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How to Use a Colonial Era Printing Press

If you have a colonial era printing press tucked away in the cellar, here’s a video about how to use one.

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Author protests against the pink tide of books for young girls

Author Jacqueline Wilson has criticised children’s book publishers for using too much pink when marketing to young girls. Dame Jacqueline admitted that her struggle against the pink tide dated back to when she was bringing up her own daughter, Emma – now a Cambridge don – but that even then she had little success in resisting […]

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The colour code of vintage Penguins

Our latest video salutes the design skills of Penguin and explains the colour scheme behind those vintage paperbacks that you see in any secondhand bookshop worth its salt. Orange, green,  cerise, dark blue, red, purple, yellow, grey and light blue are all explained.

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