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Thom Peart

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Best Books of 2016 as Voted for by You

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2017 has begun and we have a whole new year’s worth of books to look forward to over the course of the coming months. 2016 may have a tough year for many reasons, but we did at least get some good books out of it.

As always we count your opinions highest as you are the readers and so here are the best books of 2016, as voted for by you. Read More

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Amazon to Open Physical Bookstore in New York in 2017

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You may recall that, as we reported in 2015, there was quite a buzz about the fact Amazon opened its first physical bookshop in Seattle, Washington. The store differed from other high street book stores in that it uses data from Amazon such as customer ratings, sales totals and Goodreads popularity in order to know what to keep in stock and what to recommend to customers. Read More

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This Library/Hotel Is Every Bibliophile’s Dream

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Any book lovers out there who are planning on taking a trip to Wales should definitely book a room in this beautiful old hotel located in the quiet Welsh village of Hawarden, just a stone’s throw from the Welsh border. Called the Gladstone Library, this imposing building is home to over 250,000 books and allows guests to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in order to do some serious reading. Read More

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First Edition of The Hobbit to go to Auction

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Those of you who enjoy getting lost in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth will be interested to learn that a first edition of The Hobbit is set to be sold in auction tomorrow. Being sold through Christie’s, the book is expected to fetch anywhere between £7,000 to £10,000, though it could well go beyond that if there’s enough interest.

Published in 1937, this is one of the first editions of the classic novel printed and comes with the iconic cover art on the dust jacket and includes the maps and illustrations by Tolkien. The book features some slight wear and tear you’d expect to find on a book this old, but it’s otherwise in excellent condition and would look great in any collector’s display case. Read More

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“Designed by Apple in California” is Obscenely Overpriced and Apple Should be Ashamed

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When I first read the headline that Apple is releasing a $299 coffee table book called “Designed by Apple in California” which will detail the company’s various products from the past two decades, I thought it was a joke. Apple is known for producing expensive products, but hey, they do tend to be high quality and creating a phone/tablet/MP3 player isn’t cheap. The headline had to be a joke, right? Surely even Apple, with all its self satisfaction, wouldn’t seriously charge people $299 for a coffee table book? It seems it would and is.
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