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So you want to start collecting books. John fields collector questions about the five "Ws" of book collecting; why, who, which, when, and where. Check these out - if you don't find what you are looking for send us an email at customerservice@vjbooks.com and we'll add your question and the answer to this page.
Book Collecting 101 - Part One - A Literary Adventure Book Collecting 101 - Part Two - What to Collect Book Collecting 101 - Part Three - Anatomy of a Book
So, you want to be a book collector - Welcome to the world of book collecting! Here's some ideas to get you started.
Now that you have decided to collect books, it will be helpful to sharpen your eye, so here are a few tips to make you search more successful.
All hobbies come with their own vernacular – definitions that assist the collector in elements of a collectible item. We help you learn the words to use when talking about any book you are considering for your collection.
Book Collecting 101: A Tour of the Publishing Houses Book Collecting 101: Remainder Marks The Trade Paper Edition Emerges
YouTube Video: A Tour of the Publishing Houses
YouTube Video: Remainder Marks
The Trade Paper Edition Emerges
Book Collecting 101 - Part Six Book Collecting 101 - Part Five Book Collecting 101 - Part Four
Book Collecting 101 - Part Six
Book Collecting 101 - Part Five
Book Collecting 101 - Part Four
Collection Valuation John shares his thoughts about Amazon.com and the publishing industry I am looking for some advice about valuing signed books. Do you have any idea or know how I can find out their value?
Importance of Collection Valuation
John shares his thoughts about Amazon.com and the publishing industry
It's a good idea to do this kind of research!  I would suggest a couple of things...
Aren't e-books going to kill the independent bookseller? What are your opinions on C.J. Box or any other authors you feel strongly about? Options for reading a collectible book
Actually, no!  In a 2011 survey we took of our customers over 81% indicated that purchasing e-books will have no effect on future book purchases.  They consider collecting and reading different considerations.
C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series is one of the most popular in the western genre. It combines high suspense, solid characters and great plotting.  We highly recommend him and carry all of his titles.
We have considered this . . . however, the deck is stacked against independent booksellers when it comes to selling ebooks.  First, the ebook distributors exclude...
How do I know if a book is a "true" first edition? How do I remove mold from my books and how can I prevent books from becoming moldy? How do I safely pack my books for a move?
You are entering into a dark forest - one called "first appearance."  For English language books the true first is usually the first time the book (or story) appears in print.
You will find excellent instructions on how to treat moldy books and how to prevent books from becoming moldy on Cornell University’s Library Preservation and...
If there is any way for you to pick up some book boxes, it’s the way to go. The ideal...
In your opinion, which ones (authors, titles) are a good investment? Where can I check on your website for older book titles that may have come in? I'm attending a book signing by Clive Cussler. Which books should I take?
Those titles that are written by British authors and are the true first 1st/1st tend to appreciate the best. I would recommend new authors that are making quite a splash in Europe such as Tom Cain, Matt Hilton...
We are always accumulating back list titles and when we meet up with a particular author, get them signed, and immediately list them in our "What's New" category...
The older Dirk Pitt titles command higher resale values, either signed or unsigned, so I'd recommend taking them...
Why collect books? What is going on with the Wal-mart, Target and Amazon price wars? What's the best way to start collecting books?
Collecting is an urge indigenous to the human species. Its maturation may be from...
John comments on the Wal-mart, Target and Amazon price war
Collecting books is a lot like collecting art. . . it's in the eye of the beholder. First and foremost, we recommend that...
In what order should I read Jack DuBrul's books? What do you buy a book collector? What is the best way to care for my first editions?
Jack DuBrul's series featuring geologist/adventurer Phil Mercer is a must-read for Cussler fans. DuBrul delivers suspense and...
Virginia talks about what to buy the book collector (who has everything!)
For (non-antiquarian) collectible books I recommend...
What are your recommendations for buying and selling on eBay? I would like to start collecting - What books do you recommend?
Buyer beware! eBay is a garage sale without the benefit of actually seeing what you are buying until...
With Connelly and Child you have not only identified two of my favorites, but also two of the nicest guys in the business. Michael Connelly’s first book...