General news on collectible, rare, out-of-print books

Letterpress Appreciation Day Sept. 18

If you are passionate about printing , don’t miss this once-a-year chance to operate an historic handpress and print a poster to take home with you. The  Jaffe Center for Book Arts (JCBA) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Libraries in Boca Raton, Florida, is holding an open house in honor of Letterpress Appreciation Day, on […]

Financial Advisors Alerted to Rising Book Market

Another financial investment website is talking about the market for collectible books, indication that the market is growing. “Certain types of manuscripts and texts are commanding top dollar as nostalgia and electronic books gain influence with buyers” headlines the article posted Aug. 20, 2012: Collectible Books Not Just for Reading. Ed McCarthy, CFP, interviewed Francis […]

Best Ways to Care for Books

There are many sources of information for caring for your books. One of the most comprehensive I have run across was published by the Tapping Book Mine in Atlantic Beach in northeast Florida. “Book Care for Bibliophiles” includes advice for protecting your books even in subtropical environments; advice how to say “No” to would-be book […]

Books Are the New Budget Collectibles

Now even a mainstream financial information website like The Street is spreading the word that printed books do not have to be ultra rare or antique to be collectible. This trend has undoubtedly helped make printed books number two on Main Street’s Top Ten Budget Collectibles That Can Turn a Profit.  “The internet and e-readers […]

Why Do Old Books Smell?

John McWhinnie, Expert in Rare Books, Dies at 43

John McWhinnie, a highly respected rare-book dealer has died at the age of 43 in a tragic accident. The New York Times described McWhinnie as a “champion of words and images on paper in an age of electronic reading.” McWhinnie and his wife were reported to be snorkeling on vacation in the British Virgin Islands […]

Ed’s Editions offers inexpensive first-edition books

Nice feature on a used bookstore in Columbia, S.C., which claims an inventory of 37,000 used and collectible books offering many first editions at reasonable prices. Ed’s Editions Turns Page on Classic Rare Reads by Kristyn Winch for The Daily Gamecock reports on this family owned and operated bookstore. The bookstore, which has been at […]

Aspen Magazine Makes AbeBooks’ Top 10 List of Most Expensive Rare Books

Rare book collectors don’t live by books alone. A complete 10-issue set of Aspen Magazine is #3 in AbeBooks’ 10 Most Expensive Rare Books sold in 2011. The magazine set fetched nearly $23,000. Aspen Magazine was published between 1965 and 1971. The publication was described as the first “three dimensional magazine” with each issue in […]

Study Rates iPad Over Kindle, Nook in Reader Satisfaction

The iPad has edged out the Nook and the Kindle in e-reader satisfaction in a recent university study. Participants aged 18 to 59 felt the iPad was “more natural” and easy to use, according to a study from the Software Usability Research Laboratory (SURL) at Wichita State University. “The bigger screen of the iPad, multi-touch […]

Volunteer for World Book Night U.S.

World Book Night U.S., happening on April 23, 2012, has opened registration for those wishing to become volunteer book givers. World Book Night U.S. is modeled after the highly popular U.K. event that celebrates reading through a national book giveaway. Publishers and booksellers have organized the event to promote book buying and reading. Bestselling author […]