Sunday, July 14, 2013

How much is my old book worth: Pt. 2

Sometimes an old book is just an old book.

That's not to say it doesn't have personal value. It might have belonged to someone who was important to you or it might be something you've had since childhood.

Here are some guidelines to follow when looking for the value of an old book.
  • Is it a first edition, a first printing?
  • Is it signed or inscribed.
  • Is it rare? (You can't find copies on the popular book selling sites).
  • Is it in good condition? (Tight binding, no dog-eared pages, no missing pages, etc.
Here are some guidelines that suggest that a book probably has very little resale value.
  • An old book that was originally produced with a dustjacket will be worth less if the jacket is no longer avaliable. 
  • Ex-library books and book clubs or books that have been remaindered by the publisher.
  • The book has been written in or highlighted. 
There are books that can still be called collectible if they meet the conditions listed here but they are the exception -- they have to be very, very hard to find.

Naturally, you can't always expect to find hundred-year-old books in fine  or mint condition (but they are around).

Here are some examples of books in fine condition. (click on the link for descriptions):

Here are some examples of hard-to-find books that are in fair or poor condition but still have value.

When you check the links, be sure to note the descriptions.

Disclaimer: The books featured in this post may have been sold and may no longer be active.

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Click here to read part one of this article.

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