Last week I was given the opportunity to purchase a
home made storage box that featured the title and author of the maker's
favourite books. Even though it was a bit knocked around this kind of
one-off creation was right up my alley, so for just $5 AUD I couldn't
One of the more common errors made by the book buying public is that they assume the word inscription implies the signature of the author is present. Book terminology can
often be confusing, particularly if you donít spend a lot of time in the
field, so I thought Iíd take a moment to clear this one up.
In my line of work I am constantly amazed at
the weird and wonderful types of books people like to collect. You
across the bibliophiles who collect things like modern first editions.
collectors are the norm. Itís the offbeat ones that always raise an
me. Iím intrigued to know why they collect what they collect, and how
obsession started. It got me to thinking what crazy
book collecting habits are out there in the book-o-sphere.
Iíve had a copy of Tuesdays with
Morrie by Mitch Albom sitting on my shelf to read for some time. This
particular copy of the book was originally in my second hand bookstore
inventory, but I removed it because firstly I wanted to read it, and
secondly because in my view it was close to unsellable. Almost every
page had notes in the margins, pink highlighted passages or underlined
quotes. You can see what I mean in the image to your left.
Once in a while a book comes along
that has a profound influence on you. So much so that the experience of
reading it actually compels you to make changes in your life.
Personally, this has only ever happened to me a handful of times, but
just last week I finished a book that left me feeling empowered and
ready to tackle some of my own demons.
If you're not already aware 2012 is The National Year of Reading in Australia. Many of my customers and friends have been asking me just
what this campaign is all about and I've had to admit to being ignorant
of exactly what the initiative is trying to achieve. Now, having done
some research, I thought what better way to answer your questions than
to blog about it.
With Christmas and New Year now
fading into memory I thought it time to brag about what books I got for
Christmas. It's one of my favourite things to post about on the blog and
I hope you'll share what you received with me as well. I admit to doing
pretty well in the book department this year, receiving five amazing
books as gifts, some of which I've already polished off.
It's with great excitement that I launch the first piece of Reading
Habit merchandise - the Reading Habit Bookplate! It's not your traditional
illustrated black and white bookplate. It's fun, quirky and full of
colour - just the thing to brighten up your much-loved book collection.
Even though the climate change
debate has changed our shopping habits somewhat, the mere thought of buying
second hand goods as Christmas gifts is still a little on the nose to most. As
a second hand book dealer Iíve never really understood this. There are so many
advantages to buying used goods, books in particular, that it just seems
ridiculous to always buy new. So, in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to
purchasing used books as Christmas gifts, and to be honest used goods in
general, Iíve come up with five reasons to buy second hand this Christmas.
As a second hand
bookstore operator I often get asked to value a book. In most cases, the book
in question isnít worth much more than $10 or $20 and I watch as a wave of
disappointment creeps across the customers face. This disappointment generally
stems from the common misconception that if a book is old it must be worth
something. This is a complete falsehood. Whilst age can contribute to the value of
a book, the most important indicator of a bookís value is its rarity. For a book to be considered rare it must be
more than scarce. It must be scarce relative to the demand for it. All that
considered, letís look at what different characteristics can make a book rare
and thus influence its value.