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Newbery Winners

Most people, when they begin collecting books, start with what they love. Sometimes it’s just a mish-mosh of authors that have tickled us in some way, sometimes it’s a particular theme or genre, and sometimes the collection focusses on award winners.Children’s books are a particular favorite – striking that emotional cord; bringing back memories of Read More

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Some Notes on Book Condition

When I first started collecting books I was all too eager to find a title and force it to be worth lots and lots of money. I would find book club editions wanting them to be true first editions, or well read / well worn books wanting them to be worth the “like new” price. Read More

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Top 10 Most Expensive Books Sold on ABE This Month

From Abebooks.com:  1. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire – $14,925This first edition of “The Flowers of Evil” was published in 1857 and was Baudelaire’s first and most famous volume of poems.  The work is of historical significance because French authorities under Napoleon III prosecuted both Baudelaire and his publisher.  Six poems were suppressed.  The second and Read More

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Book Collector Apps

Just recently I joined the modern, more technologically savvy world, by purchasing an iPhone. (I know, I am now one of those people). And truth be told, while not a luddite, neither am I a big cell phone user. I have found, however, that some of the applications for smartphones are actually rather nifty tools. Read More

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Why it’s Hard to Nail Down Print Run Numbers

Unless dealing with a title from small, independent publisher (say… Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule) I usually take the published first print run as an exaggerated suggestion.  For instance, if a press release announces that a debut novel will have a first print run of 150,000 – I usually take that to mean 50,000 or Read More

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Not That I’m Counting, but…

It’s been a while (& by “a while” I mean maybe 2-3 weeks) since I’ve hit the Ed McKay, the big independent bookstore here in Greensboro, and I’m noticing slight tremors coming on. Soon, I will be channeling Veruca Salt, stomping my foot, petulantly singing “I want it now, I want it my way.” Withdrawal Read More

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Join a Collector’s BoMC

Many independent book stores and publishers have what amounts to their own book of the month club. You either pay a yearly fee for a set number of books, or join for free and pay per book.  These are usually great deals, and for those of us who find it difficult to choose which book Read More

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Collecting Coralie

Another in, what I’m sure will be, a long series about Judging books by their covers. Unless you’re a designer AND a book geek (like yours truly), you’ve probably not heard of Coralie Bickford Smith – but I bet you’ve seen her book covers.   Coralie is an art director and illustrator over at Penguin Read More

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Loving Collectorz.com

Okay, you may not be there yet, but if you’re collecting books, you’ll want to keep track of them (and yes, as ooky and grown up as it sounds, have a list for your insurance agent – ‘cuz even at face value, those books can add up).I actually started organizing my books in Excel… slowly Read More