Book Collecting 101 – Part Six
John Hutchinson, VJ Books
February 29, 2016
Book collecting is one of the most rewarding of all hobbies, and whether you build a modest library or become a biblioholic, it helps to have the skills that will help you develop a critical eye. This series of articles was written to assist you in the development of that skill set.
As Grouch Marx once said, “Outside of a dog – a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Have fun with book collecting. It can be rewarding in so many different ways.
Get to know your independent bookseller. They love books and love to talk about them. It is a business of sharing, and they are always happy to assist a “newbie.”
So, why VJ Books? We are a different kind of bookstore, one that caters to the collector, fan and avid reader. In our nearly twenty years of operation we have pioneered the field of signed modern fiction, carving out a special niche in the industry.
You can trust us as a reliable and trusted source for your collecting needs. Our timely newsletters keep you abreast of all the upcoming releases, and offer reviews and commentary on today’s most celebrated authors and their books.
Our presence in this book market is evident as you visit our website (vjbooks.com), read our blog (https://blog.vjbooks.com), follow out Tweets (@vjbooks), like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vjbooks), listen to our engaging Modern Signed Books interviews on BlogTalkRadio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/modernsignedbooks), or meet us face-to-face on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/vjbooks).
As you discover new authors, you will be looking for their earlier titles. VJ Books offers the largest backlist inventory in the industry with over 80,000 signed and collectible books. Our books are beautiful, each is expertly graded, and every jacket is protected in an acetate cover before it leaves our store.
Working with every publisher and over 700 authors, VJ Books offers dozens of signed new releases each month, and our book club members get a first look at everything that comes in our door. Year after year we continue to make available to our customers over 70% of those books making their way onto the NY Times booklist. New authors are constantly added to our list.
Our Norwood Press imprint produces fine first and limited editions, combining literature and art into beautiful heirloom books. (http://www.vjbooks.com/Norwood-Press-s/142.htm)
We hope you enjoy collecting books – it is truly an adventure.