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Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used…

Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books (edição: 2006)

de Ian C. Ellis (Autor)

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Newly revised and expanded, this insider's guide to the world of the used and rare book market shows how to find the best deals. Includes two new chapters on book collecting and the Internet.
Título:Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books
Autores:Ian C. Ellis (Autor)
Informação:Perigee (2006), Edition: 3rd Updated, 336 pages
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Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books de Ian C. Ellis

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    Modern Book Collecting de Robert A. Wilson (Jannes)
    Jannes: An older classic on book collecing that doesn't feel dated. Focuses on collecting rather than dealing

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  paperloverevolution | Mar 30, 2013 |
With one exception, Book Finds is an excellent reference for aspiring book collector/dealers and a good review for collectors who might be returning to the hobby after an absence of a few years. The notable exception is the author’s limited handling of the multitude of online resources available to today’s serious collector. (I am working with the book’s 2001 second edition, and there is a 2006 third edition that might be more complete in this area). However, because of the rapid pace at which things change on the Internet, the author’s decision to present the information in summary fashion is probably as good as any.

But there is a lot more to Book Finds – and much of the information presented in the book is timeless. Book Finds includes chapters covering “edition, condition, and scarcity;” the scouting of books; auctions and catalogs; collectible authors; collecting trends; signed vs. unsigned books; acceptable book repairs; safe ways to clean books; and dealing vs. collecting. Depending on one’s previous experience, some of these chapters, particularly the ones regarding edition-identification and condition, have the potential of saving the reader a lot of money.

Five rules, according to Ellis, are the “glue that holds the process together,” and the new book collector or dealer will be wise to master each of them:

1. “Specialization” – no one can know everything.
2. “Condition” – when it comes to value, nothing is more important than condition
3. “The Rule of Three” – “A book has to be worth three times what you just paid for it in order to make a profit on it.”
4. “Keep Looking” – “Anything can be anywhere.” (attributed by the author to Larry McMurtry)
5. “Trading” – “Never pay cash for a book when you can trade for it instead.”

Book Finds also includes an appendix, in alphabetical order, by publisher, showing how to recognize each publisher’s method of designating a book’s first edition. While the appendix is far from being complete, the major publishers are included alongside some of the lesser-known publishing houses. It is a good beginning reference that, for the more serious collector, can be supplemented by standalone volumes on the same subject.

Also interesting is the book’s final chapter, “1,001 (More or Less) Collectible – and Findable – Books.” The list, more than a decade old now, is a fascinating look at which authors were hot at the turn of the new century, which others were expected to join them, and how easy it is to be wrong about collecting trends.

These are interesting times for book lovers. E-books threaten to replace tree-books, authors are self-publishing both in virtual and in print format, major publishers are struggling to find a business model that makes sense, and bookstores are disappearing as fast as record stores did in the early years of the century (and we all know how that saga ended). Book Finds should help new book collector/dealers make sense of it all - and to make a little profit while they have a whole lot of fun.

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  SamSattler | Dec 17, 2012 |
I bought this book because I was already buying and selling books on a small time basis. "Book Finds" helped me reduce some inefficiencies in my trading, for sure. And the book also gave me some realistic encouragement, not to mention insight into what I need to work on to become more successful at book trading.

Maybe there are better books out there on this subject, I don't know. I have no regrets about buying or reading Book Finds, though. And I think I might read it again in the near future to refresh my memory.
  ZenoIzen | Jan 27, 2011 |
I've been a reader and book-lover for my entire life. I read at the breakfast table, I read in traffic, I read when I brush my teeth. I've been known to dog ear a page so that I can find it more easily later, or to splay a book on the coffee table when no bookmark is at hand. All of these are practices I will need to set aside should I attempt to move into the realm of serious book collecting. Ian C. Ellis' delightful, informative, and eye-opening Book Finds--subtitled How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books-- takes the reader and prospective collector into this sometimes rarified world and through the process, in glorious detail. Beginning with some basic definitions ("Reading copies are books you can take to the beach or into the bathtub") and rules (Rule One: Specialization, Rule Two: Condition), Ellis moves on to a brief history of the book and dissects the book's anatomy. And then he gets into the juicy stuff: how to scout, what to look for, how to trade and deal, how to hone your eye and instincts so that you know when you've found a treasure.

Ellis' book is chatty, full of anecdotes, stories about the big find and the one that got away. It is both inspiring--I can do this! I know enough about what's good and important and about what people are interested in to make this work!--and sobering--who am I kidding? do I really think I can find that one amazing book that everyone else has missed, let alone do it over and over and make a living from it? Most of all, though, Book Finds is packed with good, basic information for the beginning book collector. ( )
1 vote BeckyJG | Jul 30, 2010 |
Ian C. Ellis' Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books is exactly as the title describes it - a well-researched guide to collecting books and the ways that you can make the hobby pay for itself. There are chapters on the history of book-making, the ways in which one can identify a first edition/first printing, how to find books to sell for credit on more "worthy" purchases for your collection, tips on where to begin/what to collect, and even a chapter on book restoration and repair.

I worked in a big-box, chain bookstore for almost six years, and yet before I read this book I could not have explained to you the significance of the number line on the copyright page. I found the entire book fascinating, from cover to cover. This is one of those library books that I wish I had actually purchased as a reference. The indices of the book alone would be worth the cover price - a listing of 1000+ collectible (and findable) books, a guide to identifying first editions from most major publishers (not always as easy as it may sound,) and a list of good reference sources for the collector.

Book Finds is really a book for the beginner/amateur book collector. Knowing what makes a book collectible is half the battle when you step into a used bookstore and Ian C. Ellis gives you the tools you need in a readable and interesting format. Although Ellis focuses his book on the collecting of modern/contemporary first editions, he does give some information on rare collecting as well, though possibly not enough if that is where your interests are. Overall, Book Finds is a wonderful read for anyone interested in beginning a collection or even just knowing more about books in general and what makes them special. ( )
  susanbevans | Jul 18, 2010 |
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