Here are some book collecting tips for beginners that can be used to build a book collection. From ancient texts to first editions of recent best sellers, there are a variety of books to collect that can fit into a wide variety of budgets. The following basic tips can help a book collector to get their collection started.
Collect Something of Interest
Book collectors should collect books that they are interested in for a number of reasons. While book collecting can be done solely for profit, collecting something that has an interest to the collector makes the process a lot more fun and makes learning about the books easier. There are an almost limitless number of collecting themes including religious books, cookbooks, horror novels, children’s books, etc.
For recent books, only those in the best condition with their original dust jacket are of interest to book collectors. While less than perfect condition books from recent years are extremely inexpensive, these books are less likely to appreciate in value. Older books should also be purchased in the best condition that the collector can find and afford as they are the most desirable.
When book collectors are ready to search for books to buy, online retailers are a great resource as many books can be quickly viewed from the comfort of home. Online sellers also have to compete with each other which helps to lower price. Collectors looking for even the most obscure books should be able to find them listed for sale online.
Shopping locally for collectible books also has a number of advantages for collectors. Books sold locally can be more carefully examined and book store owners and staff can assist personally assist collectors in choosing books to purchase.
Books are not that difficult to store. A climate controlled area for storing books away from very moist or very dry environments, extreme temperatures, and direct sunlight can easily be found in many homes. Books should also be stored away from odors as the books can absorb the odor. Cardboard boxes that are specially made for archival storage of books and similar items are an inexpensive investment that can help to protect rare books.