Book Collecting Tips

Book collecting tips. Certainly the biggest news in the book collecting world is the internet. In a nutshell, everything changed when the internet came along because books can be described and photographed, plus it turned the book collecting world into something that everybod.

Certainly the biggest news in the book collecting world is the internet. In a nutshell, everything changed when the internet came along because books can be described and photographed, plus it turned the book collecting world into something that everybody could do. If you look up your favorite author on an auction site like e-Bay, you will find thousands of different copies. It's just a phenomenal change from the dusty old rare book shops. Being able to sit at home and browse the web for books means that the average person can become an expert much more quickly than ever before and the resources are phenomenal. You can just go to website like mine (www.trussel.com) and read the articles there and learn as much as you could from years of experience and without even buying a book. So the internet has changed everything, it has made book collecting available to the whole world.


Another aspect of book collecting is speculation, which means you see a new author and you buy the first edition of his or her book because you think it's going to be a best seller.




Old rare books are of course another big category. Old books get rarer all the times as they disappear into libraries and collections. I think it comes down to collecting stuff that you love and then you will always be happy.

Book club editions are generally not collected. Sometimes it's difficult to identify a book club edition, especially now when they are so similar, but usually the paper and binding are not as good as the original and you can recognize them by the fact that they don't usually have the price on the inside of the book jackets.

The general rule is that serious book collectors don't like book club editions. In my case, because I am a specialist in certain authors I will collect the book club editions in addition to all the regular first editions because I want to have a complete view of all the publications. Usually people want first editions and that doesn't usually include book clubs.

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