For collectors: where and how to buy Beat Generation books (and others)

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We’ve gathered together booksellers, publishers, and other services for book book collectors of all stripes. Please get in touch if you’d like to suggest a resource for this list. Booksellers – Beat, small press & poetry Beat booksellers The Beat Writers at Amazon Empty Mirror Books – The Beats & small press poetry. (You’re here!)The […]

The Best 25 Marketplaces to Buy Collectible & 1st Edition Books

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So, what’s the best way to find books online? There are thousands of large bookselling sites, and individual booksellers, and Google searches don’t always work well for turning up the results you want. Book marketplaces make finding books easier. Member booksellers each load their listings to a searchable database on the marketplace website, making it […]

For Booksellers – 10 Places to Sell Your Books Online

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Want to sell books online? There are many sites where you can list your books for sale. Here are our top 12 (in alphabetical order), with some details about their size, fees, and other requirements. Please note: The bookseller terms and fees listed below are not complete, and may change. We accept no responsibility for […]

Recovering water-damaged books and paper – is it possible?

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Having a flood or water damage in your home can be a disaster. Not only can it ruin your floors and walls, it can also cause damage to anything that happens to be in its path. Unfortunately, this can include your collection of books and papers. When a book has been damaged by water, many […]

Book Collecting: Illustrated glossary of terms, edition, & condition

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Ever how to interpret the condition, edition, and other terms included in the description of a book for sale? Here we’ll unravel the mystery. Book Condition Terms Very fine is a flawless copy, perfect in every way and probably never read. These are few and far between. Sometimes abbreviated “VF.” Fine is a copy with […]

Book Bindings:
An Illustrated Guide for Collectors

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For this article, we’re going to focus upon the various types of book bindings, and some things that effect their condition. Primary Types of Book Bindings Broadly, there are two kinds of bindings: hardcover, and softcover. The books you’re most likely to find in your local bookstore tend to fall into three variations of these. […]

Is My Dr. Seuss Book a First Edition?

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Many people collect Dr. Seuss books, which have been hugely popular over the years and the center of lots of happy childhood memories. They’re avidly collected, but, unfortunately, have a reputation for being notoriously difficult to identify as first editions. Here are some books and online resources which will help you find out if your […]

How to Care for Your Collectible Books: 18 Essential Tips

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I recently received an email from someone who asked, “Is there a correct, careful way to handle a book so as not to damage it? That is–is it possible to be both a book collector and a reader of the books or should those two hobbies be completely separate?” The answer is that it’s very […]