It’s hard to believe 2011 is already here. This last year was a great year for us here at Abacus Books and we look forward to serving you this year and the years to come.
Some of the features we are adding to the website soon include
Online storefront, where you can browse for that First Edition book you have been wanting.
Dynamic photos of book we are selling.
Catalogues in different subjects.
More articles related to book collecting with more information about used and rare books, determining what your book is worth.
More user friendly ways to communicate with us if you’re looking to sell your books.

We look foward to serving you,
Happy new year to all.


The History of Libraries

The History of Libraries

Ask the question “How long have libraries been around?” and you may hear “100 years” or even “Maybe two hundred ?”. The fact of the matter is libraries have been around since the Egyptians and some scrolls were collected approximately 5 thousand years ago.
One of the most famous libraries throughout time have been The library of Alexandria which sadly burned down in 48 bc.
In more recent history a great library in Milan was founded in 1609 and still stands to this day.

And who can forget the Library of Congress. What a thrill it would be to spend a few weeks in there!

To see a brief outline of famous libraries check this page out then head down to your local used bookstore for more in depth reading.


Starting a book collection.

“I want to collect books but I am not sure where to start!” is a question that gets brought up quite often.

The art of book collecting is an exhaustive study in itself. There have been numerous books written about the subject and I’m sure there will be many more written in the years ahead.

I have seen personal collections range from twenty books to well over ten thousand. Sometimes on a single subject or covering many, each collection is different and unique in its own way.

A favorite author is a great place to start collecting. For example, we will use the famous author Stephen King as an example.

Your collection may start with every first edition of every book Stephen King has published.

Perhaps you can broaden it and collect the titles printed under the name Richard Bachman as well.

From there you can expand into ephemera such as magazine publications he was in, small press limited editions and so forth.

And some collectors go for the obscure, Fire starter printed in the Swedish language or Salem’s lot in Mongolian. The possibilities are endless.

A few good reference books on your favorite author will come in handy. I advise collectors I work with to be very cautious of the “free information” that is online concerning reference to first edition points etc as we have witnessed countless errors in this area.

Contact and consult with a knowledgeable book dealer in your area.

As always we are here to answer any questions.


The book that is too good to be true

So you’re at home surfing on the internet and there it is. The book you always wanted and a bargain basement price. The seller’s feedback is pretty good and they have earned fancy titles such as “super seller” or something close to it.

You make your purchase, the book arrives and one of two things may happen. The book is what you expected or the book goes on the shelf and not till much later that you realize you have bought a book club edition or something else less desirable.

On perhaps the most popular auction site online, I recently observed three copies of John Grishams first novel being sold as the first edition.

Prices ranged from $ 3000.00 to $ 5,000.00 dollars. None of them were true first edition and sadly one of the auctions had some bids on it.

The point being is known what you are buying. If you have not bought from the seller before then its best to email them and open up a friendly dialogue.

Ask them how do they know the book is a true first? What identifying points are present that show the book is a first edition.

Wait for the response and use common sense before moving ahead with your purchase. There are some great bookseller organizations out there such as the widely respected ABAA and the RMABA that have been in business for many decades and have earned a lot of trust in the book community.

So when you find the book you looking for ask some questions and understand exactly what you are buying.


Denver Book Fair

I haven’t been able to write for awhile due to the fact of preparing for the annual Denver book and paper fair. This year’s fair was a hit. We were able to meet old friends and customers and make plenty of new ones.

The attendance by consumers and sales were suprinigsly high during this economic downturn. Many booths exhibited fine books in all genres.

If you’re a book collector with lots of experience or just starting out, you cannot miss next years Denver Book Fair. There are more than 80 dealers that will answer any questions concerning your book collecting or anything else related to the book trade for that matter.

To touch and discuss so many books is a rewarding experience.


Used Bookstores thriving in Canada

Our friends to the North, especially in the area of Toronto are seeing a boom in some bookstores. One used bookstore is buying a bigger space to accommodate academics and book club meetings.

What do you think? Do used bookstores need more room for community type groups that is book club meetings, science fiction meetings? I know the Tattered Cover used bookstore in Denver holds many events and they seem to be doing just fine.

Read the article here.