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How can I check that used or old books are in good condition before I purchase them?

I know the expression is "You can't judge a book by its cover," but in this case, you might be able to start there. :) If you have time to look at each individual book for a minute or two, I would ...
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How can I check that used or old books are in good condition before I purchase them?

In addition to @anonymous2's excellent answer, look for water damage. Check for stains, on the pages, the outer binding, and the dust jacket if there is one. Look at the edges of the pages for mold ...
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Should I keep the jacket on a hardcover book?

I don't believe dustjackets protect a book to a significant degree. But I am in favour of keeping them with the book. Dustjackets are often prettier than the book. The flaps of a dustjacket can be ...
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What is the Magazine Equivalent of ISBN?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. Similarly, ISSN stands for International Standard Serial Number. The current standard for ISSN is ISO 3297:2007: Information and documentation — ...
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Should I keep the jacket on a hardcover book?

The dust jacket is more delicate than the stiff covers of a hardcover book, so it does not really need to be around the book while you're reading it. In fact, that is a good argument for temporarily ...
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What options are there to acquire a book that is out of print?

The only option I see missing is the 'buy it from a used bookstore or library sale and hope it's not priced at a collector price' which requires a lot of searching, but is feasible and how many places ...
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What options are there to acquire a book that is out of print?

The first option on the list, "buy one of the rare copies on the market", is not as simple as it sounds, because finding an antiquarian bookseller that still has a copy of the book is the ...
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Why do some books have colors on the edges of the pages?

While edge painting is done on some high-price books, I've also seen solid-color edge painting done in the early 1980s or thereabouts on some inexpensive children's paperbacks that were made from ...
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