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Instant Expert: Collecting Books Paperback – May 11, 2004

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Editorial Reviews


"a solid little guide for beginners with some useful information for those further along the bibliophile journey." -- The Old Times, July 2004

"the essential book for any beginning collector." -- Fine Books & Collections, September/October 2004

"what this book does is open doors and minds to the art and the science of book collecting, painlessly." -- AB Bookman’s Weekly, June 2004

From the Author

Hi all! I’ve been collecting books since high school, usually on an extremely limited budget, and I wrote "Collecting Books" for people who love books but are justifiably leery of the intimidating antiquarian book hobby. It’s a hobby that anyone can engage in, at any price level. "Collecting Books" encourages novices to leap in by choosing a focus that speaks to them personally, and it delivers enough information to get them started. It’s easier than you think! --Matthew Budman

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: House of Collectibles; First Edition edition (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375720545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375720543
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Anne K. on September 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have collected books all my life, and incidentally sell them as I try to make room for more. I recommend this book as the best one on the market right now for true beginners to either book collecting or book selling. It is frank, unsnobbish, and it is very realistic about the changes (good and bad) the Internet has brought to the book market.

Some books on book collecting seem intent on convincing you that book collecting is worthwhile. That is not this author's approach. He takes it for granted that you want to collect or deal in books. What kind of books is up to you -- he is refreshingly unstuffy about that. But if you have an interest in buying or selling books already, the information in this book will make you a much more effective collector/seller.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild on November 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
It's my great pleasure to be the first to submit a review on this wonderful little book.I almost passed it by for two reasons.First, it was not in the bookstore section where 'books on books' are usually found;normally in the section near Literary Criticism,etc.It was in the section of Antiques and Collectibles;which is where books on price lists of First Editions are found,which I don't find very useful and usually pass by.So,you never know where a good book will be.One of my favorites 'books on books' "At Home With Books" by Estelle Ellis was kept in the Home Improvement section.Secondly,since I have quite a few 'books on books',I thought this small fellow was insignificant.However,I thumbed through it, and found it very good.It is particularly up-to-date with modern book buying,book fairs,sales,remainders,and most of all the Internet world of books.Granted,it has overtones about it that collecting books is all about First Editions and Rare Book dealers;present day booking and building a personal collection for enjoyment versus profit is a great hobby.Not only that,it is far easier and much less costly than it ever was in the past.In the last 10-12 years ,I have built up a collection of 6,000 books at a very modest cost and a lot of enjoyable searching.

This book is loaded with a lot of things for a person who reads a lot,enjoys having books around them,and wants to know how to acquire them at minimal cost,and at the same time having little interest in 'how much can I get for it'.Personally,I give most of my "extras" away when making room for more.

I have 'found' my books at many different places,all mentioned in this book in one way or another;and found the authors remarks right on the mark.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By One-Reader on April 4, 2007
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This short introduction to book collecting is a quick, witty and entertaining read. The author's enthusiasm for collecting is obvious.

This is an easy to read, entertaining, and opinionated guide to book collecting. If you are new to this hobby, and have an interest in building a collection that may increase in value over time, this book can be strongly recommended, especially in view of its low price.

The book focuses more on the financial, rather than the reading or educational aspects of this passion. The author spends much more time providing advice on how to collect books that may gain value compared to helping you find inexpensive reading editions, nor does he provide or point the reader to focused reading guides. However, Mr. Budman does present a clear discussion of the pitfalls of entering this hobby with the hope of making money. Experienced collectors will find a kindred spirit, although probably little new information.

There is the occasional editing error, as when the author mentions the term "toned", referring us to the glossary to find its meaning, although "toned" is not in the glossary.

In summary, more experienced collectors, or those focused more toward reading or education, may want to examine this at their bookstore or library before buying. However, for new collectors this will be a valuable addition to their library, one that can be highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Todd Noren-Hentz on January 13, 2007
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Let me add my voice to those who characterize this book as a concise and unsnobbish introduction to book collecting.

I purchased and read this book because I own a small bookstore and wanted to learn more about the collectible end of the business. There was a lot of information that was more of a review for me, but I found lots of little nuggets that will help me in my line of work. Some of these included:

- A discussion and list of publishers which are primarily reprint publishers and have little value and are ubiquitous on the used market

- A discussion of grading older books and how it is different from grading newer books

- A bibliography and running commentary of other books on books for further study

- A discussion about the fluidity of the market, especially on the internet, but also in auctions.

While, I have more interest in selling books than I do in collecting them, I found the book to arouse a desire and passion in me for the possibility of beginning my own collection. I also found Budman to be witty and appreciated his politically progressive undertones.

For the moment, anyways, this is one book I won't be reselling.
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