Books Articles - Beginners Guide to Book Collecting

by ISLA CAMPBELL - Date: 2010-02-08 - Word Count: 525 Share This!

Book collecting is not something confined to lovers of classic literature or the incredibly wealthy. Anyone who enjoys browsing through a bookstore, picking a book off the shelf and leafing through is probably passionate about books and reading.

The love of books is called bibliophilia and someone who loves to read, admire, and collect books is a bibliophile. Anyone and everyone can collect books, from young children with an avid interest in a specific subject to those of older generations who may collect books and paraphernalia from their lifetime.

Book collecting can be traced back many centuries and is believed to have begun with the collections of manuscripts, both commissioned and second-hand, particularly by the elites of Burgundy and France, sometime around the 15th century.

Book collecting can be easy and inexpensive: there are millions of new and used books, and thousands of bookstores, from high street shops to online booksellers.

Wealthy book collectors can pursue great rarities, such as Shakespeare's First Folio, and the average book collector can collect works by their favourite author. First editions of modern authors are noteworthy and can make a valuable addition to your collection.

A limited edition book is a description of a book which has a limited number of copies printed. Print run quantities can run into thousands, and even millions, for run of the mill bestsellers but the print run for limited edition books are much smaller and therefore the limited edition is more scarce and exclusive.

The term ‘limited edition' also implies that no further additional printings of the book will be released with the same design treatment, so if 500 copies of a limited edition book are published then there will only ever be 500 copies in circulation. Standard publications are generally reprinted when original stock numbers run low.

Limited edition books may also be numbered or lettered, meaning there is a marking that states which copy out of the set the particular book is. For example, a numbered, limited book could have a marking like "1 of 250".

Limited edition books are also sometimes signed by the author, illustrator and/or other contributors to make them more exclusive and collectible. In some instances, the limited edition version contains additional material not found in the mass market version of the book. Likewise, they are sometimes housed in special slipcases.

Book prices generally depend on the demand for a given book, the number of copies available and the books condition, though limited edition copies of books tend to be a little more expensive due to their exclusivity.

There are numerous limited edition books currently on the market and new limited editions being released all the time. One of this year's must-have limited editions is Take One and Take Two, a Take That Book which gives you special insight into the life of one of Britain's most popular bands.

Fashion books whose covers were completed by famous fashion designers are also popular right now.

Isla Campbell writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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