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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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July 28, 2021
It can be safely said that Jane Austen is one of the best-loved English authors of all time. Born December 16, 1775, Austen made a mark on the literary world with her romantic fiction set among the landed gentry in England.
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June 03, 2021
"Corpse." It's not the sweetest word in the dictionary but it is very functional. The word describes quite clearly that the living thing is no more. A human being is no longer human but a corpse. Corpse and cadaver have the same meaning but corpse is the more descriptive term. Stiff, cold, very dead.
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June 03, 2021
At least 15,000 books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. If you wish to learn about the man then you are not going to be restricted by choice. (AbeBooks alone has more than 67,000 copies of books with ‘Abraham Lincoln’ in the title).
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June 21, 2021
No matter what you call it, the genre isn't easily pigeon-holed into clear-cut categories, making compiling a list of 50 must-read graphic novels a daunting task.
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January 25, 2023
Janet Evanovich, author of the bestselling Stephanie Plum series, has published more than 60 novels and sold over 75 million copies around the world. Learn more about this writer and her books.
December 07, 2022
The British Library's Crime Classics series reprints detective novels and stories that were first published during the golden age of crime writing. Discover a selection of titles from the series.
November 29, 2022
Let it Be, released in May, 1970, was The Beatles’ final album before the group’s break-up. This book is the official account of the songs created for that album.
November 28, 2022
The list includes a book about Italian architecture and a landmark book about the stock market. There is also an illustrated poetry book and a famous novel about time travel.
November 02, 2022
The top fiction and non-fiction books of 2022. Our top picks for the best books of the year include Jennifer Egan, Ian McEwan, Kate Atkinson, Celeste Ng, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Brit Pop star Jarvis Cocker.
October 03, 2022
Welcome to AbeBooks' most expensive sales from July to September 2022. Our list is dominated by fine art and includes an illustrated book of poetry, surreal lithographs, a new luxury art book, and a complete set of influential French art magazines.
September 21, 2022
The Nobel Prize for Literature is the world’s most important international literary honor. Browse the complete list of winning authors since 1901.
September 14, 2022
Find beautiful decorative books to decorate your home from vintage paperbacks to complete sets, leather-bound volumes and coffee-table books.
September 02, 2022
French used bookseller Recyclivre has built a business around being sustainable and socially responsible. Learn more about the company which has locations in eight French cities and Madrid.
August 23, 2022
This list includes world famous artists, specialist book illustrators, pioneers from the Golden Age of Illustration, children's picture books, a diary, and alphabet books.
July 12, 2022
Phaidon Press has been one of the pioneers of the art book format since the mid-1930s. Every aspect of art is showcased in their books - photography, classical art, pop art, history of art, fashion, architecture, decorative arts, and all the major artistic movements.
July 11, 2022
Welcome to AbeBooks' most expensive sales of April, May and June 2022. Our list of rare and collectible items sold during this period includes rare books about architecture, stock trading, cocktails and the Sistine Chapel. We also sold a book about book burning with a fire-resistant binding.
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.