Books About Books

We're celebrating National Library Week with a collection of books about our favorite topic: books -- all 50% off during our Spring Cleaning Sale!

Sale ends April 18, 2016, at 11:59 PM PT (US).

Editors' Picks:

"Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prize-winning work shares its title with the book at the center of her tale - a literary sci-fi novel with the kind of cult-like following that it inspires washroom graffiti ("All Gods are carnivorous..."). Atwood’s protagonist Iris is haunted by the novel's existence, and as she unveils the story of her sister's suicide through chapters alternating with the text of The Blind Assassin, the listener slowly learns the truth of the tragic love story at the center of both the book, and the book within the book." -- Emily, Audible Editor

"In Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a secret stockpile of classic western literature is treated as treasure by two young boys shipped off to the countryside to do hard labor during China’s Cultural Revolution. Before long, the boys become great storytellers in the oral tradition (sound familiar?), and each falls in love with the same young seamstress. The premise for this novel is so good – and the story is so full of color, charm, and character -- that you feel obliged to be patient when it falters, as it does occasionally. It is imperfect as anything, but the end result is aesthetically pleasing and a moving exploration of youth, desire, and liberation." -- Michael, Audible Editor

"Fahrenheit 451 wasn’t my first foray into dystopian fiction, but as a young book nerd, it was probably one of the scariest. Bradbury’s terrifying future – in which books are outright banned, and mere possession can spell death and destruction – seems impossible. And yet the book still manages to read as unnervingly relevant today, when books are still being banned worldwide. It’s the ultimate cautionary tale about access to books, information, and ideas that challenge our perception of the world we live in. Just thinking about it makes my ever-growing to-listen list feel comforting." -- Sam, Audible Editor

"A.J. Fikry is the irritable and isolated owner of Island Books – the only bookstore on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. When his most prized possession – an early edition of Tamerlane by Edgar Allen Poe – is stolen from his shop, A.J. thinks his life is over. Instead, during this time of \"crisis\" A.J. is given a gift a child named Maya has been left in his shop, and she changes his life forever. A novel of love, loss, parenting, and books, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry captures you in the same way Maya captures A.J.'s heart – it is unexpected, but all-consuming." -- Katie, Audible Editor

"Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore is a quirky and fun novel that – not surprisingly – revolves around a bookstore. We follow out-of-work web-designer, Clay Jannon, as he accepts what he hopes to be a temporary job in a curious looking bookstore. What he soon discovers – from the enigmatic owner and the eccentric patrons – is that there is much more than meets the eye to this small, San Francisco based store. Cue secret societies, ancient texts, and the engineering wizards of your favorite search-engine, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Book Store is part mystery, part fantasy, and ultimately, an incredible love letter to books, technology, & anyone who loves them both." -- Laura, Audible Editor