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Are you a book collecting purist who needs all of your volumes to look exactly the same? Here’s how to collect a book series in the same edition.

Are you a book collecting purist who needs all of your volumes to look exactly the same? Here’s how to collect a book series in the same edition.

I’ll never be able to let go of collecting books. I love the feeling of owning a book, of putting the ones I love most in the best shelving space, of wearing out the spines of a paperback with use, of lending a book I enjoyed to a friend in hopes they’ll like it too, and glancing at my shelf and remembering how I felt when I read this or that.

Gone are the dark days of spreadsheets and data entry! We compare 4 popular library cataloging apps.

An Illustrated Guide to Buying the Classics

Featuring something for every budget!

Absorene Book and Paper CleanerAbsorene is a magical putty straight from the hands of the bookish angels. I’m only sort of kidding. It comes in a tub and has the consistency of slightly dry play-doh. You remove a small amount and warm it with your hands, then rub the ball in one direction on the pages of the book, or over a cloth bound cover. Its slight magic comes from its ability to remove film left by cigarette smoke, along with some of the smell. It will also remove surface dust, dirt, and smudges. If you’re using Absorene on a board cover and it isn’t working as well as you would like, try Clean Cover Gel, a petroleum-based gel used for cleaning and restoring board covers. Use a lint-free cloth, and only a small amount of the gel.
The Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning Your Books

Absorene Book and Paper Cleaner
Absorene is a magical putty straight from the hands of the bookish angels. I’m only sort of kidding. It comes in a tub and has the consistency of slightly dry play-doh. You remove a small amount and warm it with your hands, then rub the ball in one direction on the pages of the book, or over a cloth bound cover. Its slight magic comes from its ability to remove film left by cigarette smoke, along with some of the smell. It will also remove surface dust, dirt, and smudges. If you’re using Absorene on a board cover and it isn’t working as well as you would like, try Clean Cover Gel, a petroleum-based gel used for cleaning and restoring board covers. Use a lint-free cloth, and only a small amount of the gel.

The Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning Your Books

If you have a collection of short stories or a volume of poetry, it’s likely that you’ll find more than one copyright date on the copyright page. This just means that the stories/poems in the books were published previously in other books, journals, magazines, or wherever. If there’s no “first edition” or impression line for you to reference, check the title page. If the date on the title page matches the latest date in the line of dates on the copyright page, you likely have a first edition. If there’s no date on the title page and no further indication on the copyright page, you’ll have to research the volume individually. This copyright page from a collection of Robert Frost’s poems is an example of multiple copyrights for the poems within.
A Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions, Part Two

If you have a collection of short stories or a volume of poetry, it’s likely that you’ll find more than one copyright date on the copyright page. This just means that the stories/poems in the books were published previously in other books, journals, magazines, or wherever. If there’s no “first edition” or impression line for you to reference, check the title page. If the date on the title page matches the latest date in the line of dates on the copyright page, you likely have a first edition. If there’s no date on the title page and no further indication on the copyright page, you’ll have to research the volume individually. This copyright page from a collection of Robert Frost’s poems is an example of multiple copyrights for the poems within.

A Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions, Part Two

Don’t know what this string of numbers means? Find out in The Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions

Don’t know what this string of numbers means? Find out in The Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions