Who Wants These Old Antique Books?

Someone not familiar with the industry may wonder why anyone would be interested in antique books. After all, a lot of times the information contained in them is so outdated that it’s downright inaccurate! Science books are almost comical with their rudimentary knowledge of the universe, medical books are surprisingly inaccurate about the workings of the human body and cause of many illnesses, and of course history books seem almost like fairy tales when held up against today’s modern world. But for many, antique books are something to be treasured and they are actually quite valuable to a lot of collectors. Especially bibles and other holy books, and writings of very famous people throughout history; all of these can fetch quite a sum at auction.

Some of the reasons that antique books are so coveted by collectors include the fact that they are so inaccurate when held up against today’s modern textbooks. When we understand how inaccurate medical books were from decades ago, we realize how much work doctors and scientists have done to get to where we are today – and how much more work there is to be done. Some appreciate that antique books are seen as almost elementary because this really paints a picture of the progress that people have made when it comes to science or medicine.

But for others, it may be the timelessness of antique books that appeal to them. When you read the writings of ancient poets and philosophers you realize that people really haven’t changed much down through history.

Where do you think history comes from, of course it’s antique books. In antique books, we can find the laws of the past and the development of human freedoms and rights. You can read about the both the accomplishments and sufferings of people in earlier times. This is our history. It all comes from antique books. Little bits and pieces can emerge from the writings of individuals and groups these bits and pieces make very valuable antique treasures.

On top of all of this antique books are connected to real people who lived hundreds of years ago. Reading one can be like getting into a time machine and going back into the past. Knowing that a book is hundreds of years old, allows us to wonder about the person who wrote it, the people who’ve owned it, the meaning they got from it. Who touched it, who read it, what did it mean to them? Knowing the books people read is probably the best connection you’ll ever have with them.

So where you find customers for antique books? They are all around us. It does take someone who’s interested in history and connecting with past. People who want to transport themselves back to the times of the writer and feel their feelings. These people are fanatical about their books. Most auctions have separate showings for antique books because the buyers are different from those who buy antique toys and furniture. Once you get into this group you’ll find that it is a vast network that will spread the word about newly found, antique books. Most libraries are looking for historical books so they are always buyers. There are some libraries that specialize in historical and antique books. University libraries and large legal libraries are always looking for antique books and texts that illustrate how civilizations and laws have developed. Religious organizations, and many individuals are always looking for ancient Bibles and religious texts. Just look at some of the shows on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic and it’s easy to see how the search for ancient knowledge is ongoing and new discoveries are being made all the time. Just watch an episode of the Antiques Roadshow, they always have a section on antique books. Antique books are hot.

A Superhero Smackdown and Other Great Events at Your Local Library

As the economy slumps, more and more people are discovering their local library and all it has to offer. Whether you want to learn new job skills, need a place to entertain your kids, or are searching to lose yourself in the latest hot book or video, your local library branch likely has something for you.

Library Systems throughout the country are getting creative to entice visitors. In Voorhees, NJ, the library offers a Superhero Smackdown to delight the little ones. Kids can come dressed as their favorite superhero and can make a cape and a mask. Talk to your local branch to find out if they have a similar program. This particular library has also opened a center aimed solely at teens with state of the art electronic equipment, graffiti walls, and diner style seating. Other libraries are wooing teens with lock-in nights in which they spend the night in the library listening to music, playing video games, munching on snacks, and enjoying their friends.

Of course, there are always reading hours for kids, and other unique programs that local libraries have to offer. Not only will you be able to find a free, enjoyable activity to do with your kids, but you can get them excited about books and literature, and start them on the road to reading. Most libraries also offer playgroups where you can meet other parents with kids your children’s ages. It’s a great way for your kids to make friends, and enjoy new experiences.

Riletta L. Cream, Camden County NJ Freeholder, has always been a champion of libraries. “Now, libraries have changed a great deal,” she explains. “They are great places for people to meet and engage in conversation. It’s not the very quiet place that it used to be one hundred years ago when you couldn’t even whisper. It’s a vital part of a community.”

Libraries offer programs for all ages, from advice on finding a new job to help filling out a college financial aid form. So be sure to check out your local library with the entire family. You are sure to find something for everyone.

Books – Preserving Your Library

There are many book collectors who never read the books they buy to keep them in pristine condition. However, most people purchase books to read and enjoy. No matter what your reason for purchasing a book, you should take certain steps to preserve your library.

Don’t Write In Your Books

Some people make notes in margins, highlight, or write in their books. Ink can permanently damage your book and should be avoided if possible. If you simply can’t resist writing in a book, then use a pencil so it can be erased at a later date.

Keep Food and Drinks Away From Your Books

It is very tempting to grab a snack and beverage and sit down and read a good book. However food or drinks can greatly damage a book and ruin it forever. If you have to have a snack or drink while reading your book, make sure your fingers are clean and dry while reading. Make sure any table you set your book down on is dry and free from crumbs or stickiness.

Handle With Care

Anytime you are reading your book don’t dog-ear the pages, use a bookmark and try to avoid breaking the binding. Also, try to avoid placing the book face-down while it is open, this can break the binding and damage the spine of the book. You may also want to invest in a book cover to keep the dust jacket of your book in great condition.

When you shelve your books always store them standing up, not laying down or stacked on each other. This can damage the dust jackets. When you store your books make sure they have enough room so the top of the dust jacket does not scrape against the top of the shelf. Store your books out of direct sunlight and in a clean and dry environment. If you have to store your books in a basement or garage, put them in an airtight plastic bin to protect them from bugs, moisture and other damage. Don’t forget to put them in the bins standing up, not stacked on each other!

In Closing…

We all enjoy a good book, and many of us are avid readers and have amassed quite a substantial library. By taking care with our books we can read them time and time again and preserve them for future generations.