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 COLLECTING BOOKS

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The collector who specialises in the collection of books. some may collect a specific author or even first editions.

Popularity
Books are and always will be popular, which is why many people choose to collect them. Whether it be the collector of first editions or just the casual collector who just likes a particular author or books on a particular subject.

Location
Books can be obtained from all manner of places including obviously bookshops. Collectable books will end up in specialist booksellers or even antique shops. Other sources are car boot sales, jumble sales and bric-a-brac sales as well as book fairs.

Age
An interest inreading books can sometimes lead into a passion for collecting. It is a hobby that can be enjoyed and started at any age.

Ability
An interest in books and reading or just collecting. Depending on your specialisation, whether it be first editions where some research may be of an advantage, or just a specific subject.

Description
The author's popularity as a writer, coupled with the rarity of the book concerned, underpin the level of prices paid for any given title. Usually an author's first appearance in print, be it a first novel, or even some rather dull poetry, is of particular value.

Dedication
Condition is the single biggest factor that governs the prices of books, especially first editions. The idea is that a book must be in the nearest possible state to how it was first published. It is true to say that the smallest nick to the spine, or tiniest patch of rubbing or fading can affect the price enormously. However, if the collector is not interested in the value or resale of the book then the condition is not that important. a must though is that all the pages are complete!

Cost
Books can be obtained from just a few pence at car boot sales and jumble sales. Rare first editions may be sold for several hundred or even thousand pounds.

Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.

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