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Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books [Paperback]

Ian C. Ellis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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7 Mar 2006
Newly revised, updated and expanded-with two new chapters on book collecting and the Internet...

Collecting books today can be surprisingly easy-and surprisingly profitable. This insider's guide to the world of the used and rare book market shows how to find the best deals. It's everything the novice or the expert needs to know, including:

• A new chapter on buying and selling books on the Internet
• First editions and reader's copies
• Auctions and catalogs
• Finding valuable books and selling them for the highest price
• What's going up in value and what's going down
• Avoiding beginner's mistakes
• What bookstore buyers look for
• The secrets of professional "book scouts"

With tricks of the trade and a revised index of over 1,000 "most collectible" books and authors, anyone can learn to find hidden treasures on the bookshelves.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; 3 Updated edition (7 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399532382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399532382
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.9 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian C. Ellis has been working as a book dealer for nearly twenty years, haunting bookstores around the world. He currently specializes in science fiction and mysteries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a biblioholic, this one is for you! 22 April 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are interested in buying, trading, selling, or collecting books for fun or profit,
I would strongly recommend that this should be the first book that you pick up! Mr. Ellis
is very knowledgeable in the field of book collecting and willingly shares that knowledge
with the reader. He also names over 1000 titles that would be worthwhile investments....
if you can find them. There are also terrific tips about caring for your books and thus,
your investments.

This book is written with a sense of humor and wonder that every biliophile can enjoy.
It also makes poking around in new and used bookstores (and Amazon.com) more fun.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I'm a bookseller! 10 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book definitely got me from just thinking about selling used books as a hobby, to actually doing it. Ellis provides great tips on what, where and how to scout for books to resell, and 1,000 titles to look for. The book is written in an enjoyable style.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking about becoming a booktrader? Buy this! 30 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The ABC's of becoming a traditional booktrader. Booktrading on the internet is barely given a mention but traditional identification, publishing, grading, scouting, and selling are covered. If possible, it makes being a booklover even more fun.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Have A Fortune Sitting On Your Bookshelf? 25 Mar 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you love to buy and collect new or used books, then chances are you have some very collectible books just lying around. Some may be worth a fortune.
A book doesn't have to be old or a first edition Hemingway to be worth money. There are thousands of highly collectible modern first editions. It's easy to find them, too . . . often at prices far below market value.
The secret: Learn which books are in demand (many are more common than you may think), and then try to find them in first editions. Some may be sitting on your shelf right now.
Often, publishers state "First Edition" on a title page, but far from always. And even if you know you have a first edition, how do you know if it's collectible? Ellis gives detailed information on how to identify first editions and books worth collecting. You'll learn about how later editions can be collectible, too.
There's tons of solid, money making advice on how to become a book collector, even if you're on a limited budget, including tips on "avoiding costly mistakes that many beginners make."
Bonus: A section that lists "Over 1,000 Most Collectible Books and Authors."
Best of all: It's fun. You'll learn how to scout for books at major book stores, used book sales, remainder bins, tag sales and more. If you already enjoy buying books, why not turn it into a hobby that pays?
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scouting for used and rare books 20 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not 'Turn Books Into Gold', but at least it's in print. Not as much about used bookstore operations, but about nomadically scouting them, trading books from interest to interest as they are displayed by used books establishments and customers.
A book scout manual, also pre internet, but many things apply. It deals with exploiting the interests, both strengths and weaknesses, of established booksellers, and spotting and capitalizing on their likes and dislikes, as a nomadic used book scout and trend speculator.
Got mine at the library. Just read it. Good first editions publishers criteria and 1001 collectible authors (circa '96) sections at the end. Also, repairs and ethics info.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for beginners! 8 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been collecting modern first editions for quite sometimes but have just now started to learn what I'm doing! This book has been amazingly helpful and I highly recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm 8 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
Interesting and informative.
Please be aware that this is an American book and the author likes to take
any opportunity to patronize the English.Example talking about the advances in printing in the 2nd/3rd century China and Japan while in Britain we were still in mud huts and painting ourselves blue for battle...I think the author misses the point that we share the same ancestors.Big chip and shoulder spring to mind.....
The book itself....very good,but please be aware of the above.
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2.0 out of 5 stars does not cover bindings
I thought this book would give instruction on rare and antique bindings, but only focuses on modern day books that are first and special editions.
Published 4 months ago by Adam Donohoe
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought to help sell my books
I have only had a chance to glance at it so far so not sure that it is what I thought it would be. Good quality book, good delivery time.
Published 8 months ago by June James
3.0 out of 5 stars usa book finds
Probably my fault but this book is written for the USA BOOK MARKET,not G.B.However i will keep it just in case i come accross a book mentioned on this side of the pond.
Published 23 months ago by GARLO THE BOOK
2.0 out of 5 stars Book Finds
This book is what I would call "folksy" in that it is simply a book on a particular persons practical experience over a number of years in trading books and does not attempt to... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by Jaycee
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book - if interested in America
I bought this book after a holiday which enabled me to find a first edition hemmingway, faulkner and golding amongst others. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2011 by Jenster
5.0 out of 5 stars Best buy
This book is excellent for anyone wanting to start buying and selling books, it covers almost all areas of buying books from the terminology used, what to buy and not what to buy... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2010 by Tina c
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
Very useful and easy to read book. It has certainly got my interest. The book arrived quickly and it was very well packaged. Read more
Published on 27 July 2009 by V. L. Betz
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