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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! :)
I buy all my books there.
Thank you. I will certainly give them a look later.
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.
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>
Couldn't agree more. I really don't like ebooks. Physical copies are a must have.
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!
Things I collect (other than Bond and spy lit):
Biggles (currently in boxes due to lack of shelf space, alas)
1960s orange Penguins
Books about huskies
Aviation books, especially WW1
Not sure off the top of my head - I'll try to take a photo!
Does it have a dust jacket and what is the price? Is it the Jonathan Cape UK first edition?
That sounds great. Not sure of the exact value myself but it'll be worth a fair bit in good condition. I have first editions with their dustjackets of the last three Fleming Bonds: YOLT, TMWTGG and OP & TLD.
Yes, one of my favourites too. I picked it up relatively cheaply from eBay in 2012. The dustjacket is a little frayed around the edges and I think the flyleaf has been torn out but apart from that it's in good condition. They're very hard to find at an affordable price these days sadly, and in good condition.
Also in Dutch:
Jeffery Deaver - Carte Blanche
Sebastian Faulks Devil May Care
John Gardner - Goldeneye (Book based film script)
Raymond Benson - Tomorrow Never Dies (Book based film script)
Raymond Benson - Twine (Book based on film script)
Raymond Benson (Neal Pervis & Robert Wade) - Die Another Day (Book based on film script)
I wish be better / bigger editions of the novels and i missing some good Dutch translations of inside/making off books who are only avaible in English. For example more present there release soon a book about The Aston Martin with picture of NTTD and book about the cars, but only in English. This is why i am very happy with James Bond car collection magzine's and two inside books in Dutch that i collect: De James Bond Films: Van Dr. No Tot Octopussy / Dossier James Bond and i have bio from Roger Moore (Roger Moore - Voor Altijd James Bond).
The Essential Bond - Twine update
James Bond The Legacy - DAD update/ big version
007 For Your Eyes Only - Ian Fleming + James Bond
Kiss Kiss Bang! Bang! - The Unofficial James Bond Film Companion
Designing 007 50 Years Of Bond Style. Designd as Pasport Chapbook Paperback. Avaible for € 5,00 at Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands made for ''Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style'' event that takes places between 12 October 2014 - 8 February 2015. Dutch Version, printed in 2013 (Copyright credit as 1962-2013). Text by Bronwyn Cosgrave. Translated by Huub Stegeman. Pagecount: 26.
Comic books in Dutch based on movies: For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy. Also have 3 James Bond callenders (2001, 2011 and 2019)
Previously, authors could only receive royalties on sales of new books, but the growth of the used book market, which is predicted to be worth £563m in the UK by 2025, had seen calls for a new approach to writer remuneration.
So who's to say the secondhand book market in the UK is dead yet with those type of projected figures? Of course that's presumably counting online sales as well but it's evidently a service people still want so bricks and mortar secondhand bookshops should hopefully benefit too.