The 2017 Olympia Book Fair is now closed.

We are excited to announce that in 2018 the Fair is relocating
to Battersea Evolution, 24-26 May 2018.

Blog 2017

A Family Reunion

Posted on 2017-05-23 13:53:20 Last Updated: 2017-05-23 13:55:27

Every now and again, something remarkable happens in the online bookselling business. Georgie Boddington from Western Australia made an online purchase of a book through AbeBooks called the Songs of Two Savoyards, a collection of Gilbert and Sullivan songs, and had a remarkable surprise when closely inspecting the book. “Back in 2011, I ordered a copy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Songs of Two Savoyards which I had fond memories of from my childhood,” said Georgie. “It duly arrived and I plonked it in the bookshelf.... Read More

A Walk on the Wild Side

Posted on 2017-04-18 12:19:01 Last Updated: 2017-04-28 15:53:26

One of the most fascinating aspects of is discovering the unusual literary items put up for sale by sellers around the world. Edith Wharton’s baby rattle takes some beating. Listed for sale in 2015, this was no ordinary rattle. Made from sterling silver, it contained a whistle, was engraved with the word ‘Edith’, had a red coral teething section, and was priced at £13,000. In 2008, George Bernard Shaw’s Remington Noiseless Portable Typewriter was listed for sale. Imagine typing out a lette... Read More

Going Behind the AbeBooks Website

Posted on 2017-03-15 12:47:59 Last Updated: 2017-03-15 12:53:21

    This year is thrilled to be the official partner of the ABA London International Antiquarian Book Fair. We’ve been helping collectors find and buy rare books for more than 20 years now, but have you ever wondered about what goes on behind our websites? We have two offices. Our headquarters are located in Victoria, British Columbia in Canada. This is where the company was founded in 1995 when the frustrated owner of a secondhand bookshop wondered if the Internet could be used to help people find ou... Read More