Welcome to the summer edition of The Avid Collector for rare
and collectible book enthusiasts. Re-live the younger years with our selection of collectible children's books, meet Nicholas Basbanes, and learn to protect your books against some formidable enemies. Plus, enter our 10 Year Anniversary contest, and you could be visiting 10 booksellers around the world!
Pick of the
Month - Literature
Bookseller Ken Lopez, ABAA, recommends The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood.
$950 or less
Non-Human Book Enemies
Margo Rosenberg, Dog
How to protect your books from mold, insects & other reincarnations of literary critics.
Profile: Aleph-Bet Books Inc.
Aleph-Bet Books, specializing in rare first edition children's books,
tells us why they love what they do.
[Read the Profile]
Appraise Your Books
week, an Abebooks customer will be featured on the Book Guys NPR
radio show to have a book appraised by Allan Stypeck.
Win a Book Lover's Trip Around the World!
Have you entered our 10 Year Anniversary Contest yet? The grand prize winner will get to visit 10 booksellers in 10 cities. [Learn More]
Plus, what is the most expensive signed book ever sold in our 10-year history?
Special Feature - Nicholas Basbanes
Nicholas Basbanes is renowned for his insights about the world of books. From hard-to-find classics to castoffs headed for the landfill, books find
Nick irresistible, and the feelings are very much mutual.
In every issue
of The Avid Collector, our Expert Booksellers will answer your questions
on rare and collectible books. [View
This Issue's Questions
Q. I have a large number of books I want to get valued and have no idea where to start. Any suggestions? - Janis
Q. I have a book that is author signed. What steps can I take to verify the authenticity of the signature? - Gloria
Q. My books are prone to foxing. How can I prevent this? Should I buy a de-humidifier? - Mitch
the Answers & More Questions]
Pieter Collier of Belgium talks to us about his passion for Tolkien - nurtured from a young age - and how you can spot a fake Tolkien signature.
Us What You Think & Enter to WIN
We'd love to get your opinions and feedback on this issue of The Avid Collector.
Plus, tell us what we ought to be featuring next - you could
win a Book Repair Kit from Brodart.
Us Your Feedback]
Congratulations to last issue's winner, Ron M. of Richmond, Virginia, who won a collectible copy of In Cold Blood.
Contest open to residents of USA, Canada, Australia & New Zealand.