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How do I get an idea of how much my book is worth?

Dear Virginia:

I am looking for some advice about valuing signed books.
As you probably know Iain M Banks recently passed away.

About three years ago, I was lucky enough to get a ticket to a book signing, and so, being in love with the Culture novels and having bought them all previously second hand, I bought the whole collection brand new and was delighted when Mr Banks agreed to sign them all!

Now, I have no intention of selling my much loved collection. But, I think it would be nice to have an idea of their value.

Do you have any idea or know where I could find out?

Virginia Replies:

Dear Ashley:

It's a good idea to do this kind of research! I would suggest a couple of things - 1) check out It's a nice site of about 5,000 booksellers. You can familiarize yourself with the book grading and conditions and get a good idea of where your book would fit in the pack. 2) I recommend CollectorZ (see the Accessory page on our site) as a way to keep tabs on your inventory. It's reasonable priced and you can notate what you originally paid for the book, as well as where you obtained it. Insurance guys really love this application. It comes with a hand scanner (shoot the ISBN numbers off the jacket) and very reasonably priced!


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