Questions tagged [book-collecting]

For questions specifically related to the hobby of collecting books, e.g. how to ensure the physical quality and durability of a book.

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Why do some books warn that books with missing covers may be unauthorised?

I've noticed that a lot of my books contain a warning that if the book is missing a cover, it may be unauthorized. For example, the copyright page of my copy of George R R Martin's Clash of Kings ...
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Children book about a boy lost in the forest during a snow storm

I don’t remember much about the book, but the illustrations where very pretty, they looked like they were painted by aquarela. If I ain’t wrong the story was about a boy that got lost in a forest ...
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Why do some books have colors on the edges of the pages?

On some books, I've noticed that they have colors on the edges of the pages. For instance, on my Tikkun: And on a G'mara (part of the Talmud): What is the point of these colors? Are they only found ...
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What options are there to acquire a book that is out of print?

Many books - even from popular authors - are out of print (examples are The Collected Jorkens from Lord Dunsany or Round the Fire Stories from Arthur Conan Doyle). What options do I have if I want to ...
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What is the Magazine Equivalent of ISBN?

I’m trying to catalog all my books and magazines so I can at a glance know what I have, and don’t have. I’m working on the magazines at the moment and noticed that they don’t have ISBN numbers. Do ...
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Should I keep the jacket on a hardcover book?

I've got a few hardcover books. I usually read paperback, but sometimes I'll find myself with a hardcover book. Often, these will have jackets on them. Paper jackets that rip and get in the way and ...
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Which first edition is the "true" first edition of a book?

I've come across books that have multiple first editions that were all published in the same year. For example, the Silmarillion was published in 1977 in a first UK edition, first export edition, and ...
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How can I check that used or old books are in good condition before I purchase them?

I go to used book sales about once or twice a year. Recently, I bought some books that I've been meaning to read for a while. However, when I started reading them, I realized that about a quarter of ...