"But some experts say Mr. Norman is being optimistic about the prices he will get for some of the more common items in his collection. For example, a book titled 'High-Speed Computing Devices,' a 1950 treatise on how to build a digital computer, has a reserve price of $800. Mr. Norman's copy is a first edition with a dust jacket. But at bookfinder.com more than two dozen copies of the book are for sale by various vendors, ranging in price from $60 to $275 (most without a dust jacket). " [More]
There you have it—collectible titles up to 91% cheaper at BookFinder.com than at high profile Christie's auctions. The next time you're looking at buying that one-of-a-kind collectible, check with us first; our booksellers' inventories may surprise you.
Lee Jay Stoltzfus' Rare Book News recently pointed to a new board game called Booktastic! And yes, the exclamation point is part of the name! Booktastic! You can write it again and again, without feeling guilty for using too many exclamation points!
The makers of Booktastic! pitch it as a "a fun-for-the-whole-family game that combines traditional strategic and competitive play with the sharing of modern literary information!" (their exclamation, not mine).
"Designed for readers, book lovers, families and educators, players move around a quaint town square of bookstores to buy, sell and trade books with money earned from correctly answering questions or sharing opinions prior to each turn. The 'books' in each store contain real-life information so players learn about noteworthy books, authors, and first edition values. Even people who do not read enjoy this game with its unique category of questions with no wrong answer."
For just $29.95, it's probably cheaper to buy pretend first editions playing Booktastic!, than it is to buy the real things. Is this methadone for book collectors trying to wean themselves off the habit? Or is it a gateway drug, luring unsuspecting children into an expensive new addiction?