The Book Buying and Collecting Thread

DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
edited August 12 in General Discussion Posts: 12,084
As there are a good few book buyers and collectors here on our community I thought that it was about time that we had an actual general book buying and collecting thread here.

It's designed for the discussion of all aspects of book collecting from Bond to non-Bond and beyond.

I'm an avid book collector and love nothing better in my free time than perusing bookshops, antique shops, charity shops and the Internet in search of new and interesting titles to add to my collection, which is considerable.

I hope all of the book collectors will come out of the woodwork and make this thread into something special. Hopefully we can learn some good tips and advice on the art of book collecting and can share some of our collection here.

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  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    Posts: 12,084
    So does anyone want to turn the page in this thread?
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!
    Posts: 15,197
    I love to talk about books but book collecting sounds pretty artsie. :) Not sure I belong in this thread.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    edited August 2016 Posts: 12,084
    Just a little update post to say that I mean book buying generally as well as specifically collecting. Please believe me when I say that there's no snobbery here from me!

    I've amended the title a little bit to make it more inclusive. Sorry to give off any elitist vibe as that's just not me! :)
  • ChriscoopChriscoop North Yorkshire
    Posts: 281
    I used to have a collection of old leather bound Charles dickens books, they were various editions some quite valuable some nit at all, I simply love old books, I've also had many different variations of the Bond novels, sadly my entire collection was ruined by damp when I lived on my boat, I've since bought all the bond books again, new and some onto my ereader, I shall be reading Dr No next week on holiday.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!
    Posts: 15,197
    I get really good prices and services here:
    https://www.bookdepository.com/

    I buy all my books there.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    Posts: 12,084
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    I get really good prices and services here:
    https://www.bookdepository.com/

    I buy all my books there.

    Thank you. I will certainly give them a look later.
  • PropertyOfALadyPropertyOfALady We all Shine on... like the moon, the stars, and the sun.
    Posts: 2,681
    I bought two expensive books lately. Filming Quantum of Solace and The Most Famous Car in the World.
  • Shark_0f_LargoShark_0f_Largo Lancashire, UK
    edited August 2016 Posts: 4,100
    I am always buying books, whether they be reference book, biographies, novels, comic books etc and I do have quite a collection stored in various places around my house (unfortunately our house is still a work in progress so not too many bookshelves around at the moment).

    The reference books, biographies and comic books I buy are always very well read from cover to cover, however, I'll admit I am not much of a reader of novels and, despite claims that I want to get the Fleming 007 novels read, I still have only got though Casino Royale. I know I'm missing out on that but novels have never been a big read of mine, despite the fact that I really do buy so many. Most will no doubt never be read and get passed on to my kids, if they want them.

    I try not to buy books at their full price, I'll always wait until they are either in a sale or find their way to The Works bookshops where I know they'll be much cheaper. Charity shops are another great source of finding books for me (I once found a Shaun of the Dead graphic novel in a charity shop, signed by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in a 50p box). If you search around you can find hidden gems in charity shops.

    So, yes, I'm a book collector, I find them a great way to just get away from everything around you and any problems that you may have bothering you. And, despite not reading the amount I should, I include novels in that, they are a great escape from the real world; and when I have read a novel it's easy to picture scenes from the book; like little movies in your head. Great stuff.

    I've tried to urge my kids to read as much as they can but, unfortunately, with my lads it's been very difficult and they have shown zero interest in reading, apart from on a laptop/phone or tablet. My daughter, on the other hand, is a massive reader and she can spend hours at a time with a book in hand; it's great to see. I've assured her that there are massive benefits to reading and she's taken it all on board. Her collection of books will no doubt one day eclipse my own.

    Anyway, I hope that this is something similar to what you were asking @Dragonpol. I'll do my best to contribute to this thread as much as I can, I'm not as good with the words as others but hope that this gives an idea on my thoughts. Cheers.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe S.A.R.A.H.
    Posts: 9,690
    I collect almost entriely fiction, with a small reference/biographical collection. I also detest these ebook things. You cant beat the smell of a new book, or the feel of turning the pages.

    If you haven't done so and get the chance, I strongly recommend book lovers to visit <a href="http://www.hay-on-wye.co.uk/bookshops/default.asp">Hay-On-Wye.</a>;
  • Shark_0f_LargoShark_0f_Largo Lancashire, UK
    Posts: 4,100
    You cant beat the smell of a new book, or the feel of turning the pages.

    Couldn't agree more. I really don't like ebooks. Physical copies are a must have.

  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    edited August 12 Posts: 12,084
    I think this must be the condition that I have when it comes to books. Now I finally have a word for it - "Tsundoku"!

    https://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/tsundoku-practice-buying-more-books-you-can-read.html
  • Posts: 4,608
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    I think this must be the condition that I have when it comes to books. Now I finally have a word for it!

    https://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/tsundoku-practice-buying-more-books-you-can-read.html

    I've lost count of how many books I've collected, yet to be read. Probably up to 40-50 books by this point.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    edited August 12 Posts: 12,084
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    I think this must be the condition that I have when it comes to books. Now I finally have a word for it!

    https://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/tsundoku-practice-buying-more-books-you-can-read.html

    I've lost count of how many books I've collected, yet to be read. Probably up to 40-50 books by this point.

    Yes, sadly it's the same for me, only with vastly elevated numbers!

    It's definitely a disease, but it could always be worse I suppose! ;)
  • edited August 12 Posts: 4,608
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    I think this must be the condition that I have when it comes to books. Now I finally have a word for it!

    https://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/tsundoku-practice-buying-more-books-you-can-read.html

    I've lost count of how many books I've collected, yet to be read. Probably up to 40-50 books by this point.

    Yes, sadly it's the same for me, only with vastly elevated numbers! It's definitely a disease, but it could always be worse I suppose! ;)

    Absolutely! I've sometimes wondered if I should make a plan how to get through these books, like setting aside half an hour a day or something, just for book reading.

    As things are now, I probably read 3-5 books a year, and buy 4-8!
  • Agent_99Agent_99 Enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
    Posts: 1,414
    I'm a terrible collector/hoarder. If I like an author I want everything they've written (I'm the same with music) and if I own two books in a series, suddenly it's A Collection and I have to track down the lot.

    Things I collect (other than Bond and spy lit):

    Biggles (currently in boxes due to lack of shelf space, alas)
    The Saint
    1960s orange Penguins
    Tintin
    Books about huskies
    Aviation books, especially WW1
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    What books have you got of The Saint?
  • Agent_99Agent_99 Enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
    Posts: 1,414
    vzok wrote: »
    What books have you got of The Saint?

    Not sure off the top of my head - I'll try to take a photo!
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