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AbeBooks Acquires ZVAB.com

AbeBooks Europe GmbH has acquired the business assets of ZVAB.com, a Germany-based online marketplace for collectors of rare books.

More than 3000 antiquarians from 27 countries use this site that counts 35 million used, antiquarian, and out-of-print books in a variety of different languages. This deal will be finalized in the second quarter of 2011.

The press release has this quote from ZVAB founder Bernd Heinisch: “The combination of ZVAB and Abebooks creates broader opportunity and faster functionality enhancements for our company. Our goals remain the same: more orders, more functionality and outstanding customer service.”

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Meta Potter Portal

Trust AbeBooks to come up with a different spin on a Harry Potter website portal, eschewing the usual book information & tidbits for more offbeat items, like books about the Harry Potter books, what JK Rowling should read, translations of Potter from over 50 countries to meeting the real Harry Potters. Of course, there’s also lots on the rare books front, including an interview with an anonymous individual who paid the jaw-dropping sum of $37,000 for a first UK edition of the first Potter book. A sum that may not be close to the ceiling price. “I believe the value will keep growing,” said the man dubbed Mr X. “I don’t think that we will realize a profit from the book in my lifetime but I feel a certain joy in seeing its value increase. In the meantime, the book is well protected and very well insured.” It had better be at that price…

Proper Care and Marketing of Meg Gardiner

Thanks to Stephen King‘s lavish praise, both on his website and on the back page of the February 16 issue of Entertainment Weekly, it’s pretty damn difficult to find a copy of any of Meg Gardiner‘s books – which, of course, have to be imported from the UK or Canada. And so the buzz is building, and her agent, Jonny Pegg at Curtis Brown UK, told Publishers Lunch that “some ten publishers are in the frame — we should have news by end of next week or some time in the following week.” With Britt Carlson of Gelfman Schneider handling subrights, no doubt some serious money (of the seven-figure variety) could be thrown around.

But remember Ron McLarty? He was the last unpublished beneficiary of King’s lavish praise, and while THE MEMORY OF RUNNING got him the obligatory mega-deal and did all right, the followup, THE TRAVELER, came out “with the same fanfare as a pillow fart,” as one publishing insider commented to us. And since I’d like to see Gardiner really get her American due (as a fan of CHINA LAKE who promised herself ages ago to read the rest of the series, but hadn’t gotten around to it) here are a few points to consider for any publisher making the deal:

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