(Victoria, BC, Canada - September 26, 2016) AbeBooks.com today launched a new method of shopping for collectibles - including art, ephemera and books - that combines the expertise of sellers around the world with the ability to discover hundreds of diverse, eclectic and often surprising items in a matter of seconds.
Collections is a new highly visual section of the AbeBooks online marketplace that contains thousands of themed lists curated by independent professional sellers in more than 40 countries. A vast array of first edition and signed books are displayed alongside collectible art and photography, historic maps and atlases, and multiple types of ephemera.
The art and photography category offers drawings and sketches, original art, paintings, photographs and prints. The ephemera section displays broadsides, vintage magazines, pamphlets, postcards from numerous nations, and posters covering cinema, politics, travel, and other topics.
Customers can easily move from one collection to the next, going deeper into niche subjects. Virginia-based seller Lorne Bair offers a curated collection of obscure books about Eccentrics, Cranks & Difficult People. Hungarian seller Földvári Books offers intriguing Eastern Bloc propaganda ephemera. New York-based seller Donald A. Heald offers historic American pocket maps. Dutch seller Librarium of The Hague offers beautiful military prints from the 19th century. San Diego’s Charles Lewis Best offers detailed black and white engravings of invertebrates.
“Anyone who enjoys hunting through used bookstores, antique shops and art galleries for obscure treasures will relish Collections,” said Arkady Vitrouk, CEO of AbeBooks. “Collections allows sellers to define the topics and offer an innovative discovery experience. We think customers are going to love this new way of browsing.”
Collections are created when sellers upload items to AbeBooks and curate each one into a list.
Customers can browse lists curated by individual sellers or view ‘Master Collections’ that combine similar Collections into a single curated list that can extend into thousands of items. Related Collections are continually recommended, and AbeBooks’ editors highlight some of the most eye-catching lists.
Among the sellers offering Collections are New York’s Strand Book Store, Powell’s Books in Portland, Royal Books from Baltimore, Hennessey + Ingalls from Los Angeles, and Powell’s Bookstores of Chicago.
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