How to tell if your old copy of harry potter is worth up. On common books i agree with you, but there are definitely some collectables out there. Robert stones first book, a hall of mirrors, was printed in a proof run of 57 copies, according to the publisher s records. Ive seen quite a lot of books on ebay with really high prices, but i dont know if theres. The production of proof copies for distribution prior to published books has a. Well show you how to get a feel for what value has been attached to the title by. I had no idea that these kinds of books existed, and their very plainness. Do you have these lotr books lying around your house. Old copies of harry potter novels may have sentimental value for the owners, but they could also be worth a mint. This is a publisher s proof copy of the british first edition of the sixth and final volume of winston churchills history of the second world war. If your copy is a 3rd printing, or a book club edition, it wont have the same value as a first edition. People will pay crazy money just because it says joanne rowling instead of j. First editions, signed copies, limited releases these are valued above rubies by the book collector.
For information on how to identify first editions by publisher see the first edition. Tolkeins series has been around for decades but do you have an early edition. Collecting advance reading copies books tell you why, inc. Is there a demand for advance uncorrected proofsimilar editions of. Collecting paper by gene utz collector books now out of print, available through used booksellers reports that a bird in a gilded cage sold two million copies. Collecting advance reading copies can be a great way for people to own an early version of a favorite book. If you order a proof, you can submit your book for publication right away or wait. A proof copy is far less valuable than a first edition, and for most books even a first edition isnt anything special. Playboy magazine price guide, prices, 19532005 playmates. Rare tolkien items are also available, including books and letters signed by tolkien, proof copies and books from tolkiens personal library. Galleys, also called advance reader copies, are uncorrected. These also contain numbers on the page, but the sequence and meaning varies according to the publisher. The year 1978 marks something of a dividing line in proofs relative scarcity.
In publishing jargon, a proof is the preliminary iteration of a book, intended for a. Is there any value to an advance reader copy of a book. A first edition is the first printing of a book, why collect them. However, if your book contains the same dates on the and title pages, its likely a first edition.
Publishers have worked hard to make it seem like it is but the courts have ruled. I want to clarify that it is not technically illegal to sell advance reader copies. There are only two things that can make any edition of a book valuable. Not only did they sell it, but people were calling them for weeks to ask if they were getting another.
And theyre marked by the publisher with the words, not for sale. Proof copy definition and meaning collins english dictionary. Uncorrected proofsadvance copies, introduction ken. The proofs can also help to build and maintain buzz about a book. A collection of tested recipes contributed by the colored women of the state of california, which interests collectors of black americana as well as cookbook collectors, is another example. How much hardy boys books worth, very good condition. Kurt vonneguts slaughterhousefive had 39 proof copies printed. Proof copies are snapshots of how your paperback would print before it goes. Definition of proof copy from the collins english dictionary. Once your book is in live status, you will be able to order proof copies. Publishers have long issued advance copies of forthcoming books.
But theres also a shadowy grey market in book collecting that of dealing in proofs. Ive reported this sort of thing so many times, nothing happens at all. The exact name of the publisher is important, if there is no date on the book. The vast majority of books are printed on uncoated or non glossy paper. These include advanced reader copies arcs, galleys, salesmans editions, proofs and sometimes manuscripts. Weve found some of the rarest and best uncorrected proof copies available. You probably dont need to include every word of the title and authors name. This type of ephemera was in such demand back in its day that many examples sold more than one million copies when they were first issued. One of the biggest perks of working at a bookstore is all of the advance reader copies, or arcs, you get to read. How to identify first editions or a first printing of a book. One very simple method of finding an approximate value of a book is to search for similar copies on and see what prices are being asked. Otherwise they could be considered valuable because they are a copy that not many.
Traditional, self publishing, print, ebook and audiobooks information on how to get your book published. A signed uncorrected proof of tom clancys hunt for red october just went on the bay for somewhere in the thousands. But the big publishing houses have pressured online marketplaces to not allow them to sell anything that publishers. Includes traditional publishing and self publishing options, as well as details on print books. There can be and american and english editions by different publishers. Playboy became a staple of american culture not long after its inception in 1953. It hasnt yet been 20 years sinceharry potter and the. Our whats it worth feature will help you appraise it online.
In the few cases where specific numbers have emerged, they are very small. When there is enough new information to warrant updating the book. Quite simply, it is the initial printing of a book after the book proof advance copy. Proof copies, if you follow your nose and are willing to take small risks, can. How different is a finished copy of a book from the. Playboy clubs dotted the urban landscape, the mid 60s to the mid 70s, and the magazine had hit its circulation highs september 1972 was the best selling issue of all time with a count of 7,012,000 copies. These can be in marginally good condition, but due to their rarity and subject matter, worth. Originally, first editions were valuable for a pragmatic reason. The second world war 6 volumes churchill book collector. This copy comes to us from the collection of british book. First edition book values how much is a book worth. How is it that an uncorrected proof of a book can be valued at 50 times a finished version.
They are released prior to official publication, and. In publishing jargon, a proof is the preliminary iteration of a book, intended for a limited audience. I mean, it was a good press release, but not worth. Are advanced uncorrected proofs more or less valuable then the actual first edition. I totally need the copy of the the wonderful wizard of oz in my life. While we can print on most papers, there are several that are commonly used for book printing. While advance copies of books for inhouse use by the publisher have long been routine whether in the form of long galley proofs or some other format printed and bound advance copies for distribution outside the publishing.
Advance uncorrected proof copies of an authors book, is that more or less valuable then the first edition. Dick novel, which had potentially libelous text, had 19 copies printed. However, its my opinion that any uncorrected proof copy, advance readers copy, or advanced readers copy should be allowed to be sold after publication of the book. While manuscripts may be the holy grail for a collector, theyre hardly accessible to. Not all items are on display here, so please do not hesitate to make requests about tolkien books. When a book is no longer under, anyone can publish it.1372 134 874 1354 1002 1351 23 615 711 220 1237 205 403 408 680 1053 738 517 770 1427 1477 12 348 445 1037 1017 208 1280 718 192 1467 131