What Do Libraries Do with Old Books?

boxes books at book sale

Many libraries have a limited amount of space. I grew up with a great small town library but even their new building had only so much space for book shelves, new books, and even storage for boxes of books when they had their annual fundraising sale. So with constant new titles coming in, how do …

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Are Books Dying? The Answer Might Surprise You!

man reading in field

What more appropriate way to open an article about books than with a Mark Twain quote: “Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.” The same could be said to apply to the general “common knowledge” that books are dying. While there are certain areas where books are in decline depending on what numbers you’re …

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How Many Books Can You Read at the Same Time?

pile school books

One of the common questions I hear is how many books can a person read at the same time. While an obvious answer is “As many as you want,” does that really answer the question? I’d say no, because that answer is missing the point of this question. This isn’t about sheer numbers, but it …

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What Can You Do with Vintage Books?

old hardcover books stacked

Old vintage hardcover books come in many different styles and I’ve always been fascinated by everything about them. The materials used for covers, the cloth, the copyright pages, that distinctive old book smell – these have always spoke to me even as a kid so it should be no surprise that I would end up …

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Best Way to Display Antique Books

first edition books wood shelves

Even if you’re not going to read an antique book, and there are good reasons for not, showing them off is a major part of having an impressive collection. The problem is that many common ways of stacking, shelving, or otherwise showing off books can actually cause wear or damage over the long-term, especially on …

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Are Books with Uncut Pages Valuable?

uncut pages antique book

One thing about being a bookhound is that you are always going to eventually run across something different, something weird, something interesting. Whether it was wood cut prints a few centuries old to books too damaged to be valuable but with crazy illustrations on good pages in the interior or uncut pages, there’s always a …

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What’s the Difference Between First Edition and First Printing?

first printing page antique book

If you’re going to make money buying and selling first edition books, or “book flipping” collectible books, then you’d better learn the difference between a first edition and a first printing! While this might not be a big deal for readers, it’s absolutely huge for book collectors, book hounds, and antique book sellers. A first …

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Welcome to What’s Your Book Worth!

Dantes Inferno Old Copy

Thanks for stopping by! Being a book hound is something I got into all the way back in 2004. This started as a lovely accident mixing up Sinclair Lewis and Upton Sinclair. Embarrassing for an English major and history enthusiasts, but it was a mistake that led to me fully discovering Sinclair Lewis – and …

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