Enjoy podcasts about books? You're in luck. AbeBooks' podcast series is called Behind the Bookshelves. The idea behind the podcast is to tell the stories behind books and the people who love them. It covers a wide range of topics, and is designed to appeal to anyone who loves reading and adding books to their collection.

You can listen to episodes on the early days of Penguin, the AA's Big Book, Literary Oxford, the puzzle-book Masquerade, weird books, Mark Twain's travels, dog books, bookbinding, Ian Fleming and many other subjects. A new episode is released each week so we encourage you to subscribe via your preferred podcast platform.

The host is Richard Davies, who has worked with AbeBooks since 2005. Born in England and now a resident of Canada, Richard brings a personal touch to the podcasts with plenty of anecdotes from his own experiences in online bookselling. Some episodes are monologues while other feature interviews with guests.

"I'm interested in ordinary people doing extraordinary things and how this can relate to the world of books," says Davies. "A good example is Allen Lane who founded Penguin and shook up the worlds of reading and publishing by introducing affordable paperbacks. Other people in the publishing business thought Lane was crazy but he was a true visionary. I also enjoy travel literature, weird and unusual books, and photobooks. There's often a fascinating story behind famous authors and their best known books, and it's those stories that we will be telling."

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