Even though we live in a world where almost everything is digital, buying and collecting physical books is still a popular thing. In United States alone over 850 million books are sold each year.
Collecting books has its perks because some valuable and rare books can sell for thousands to millions of dollars. With such books that people are collecting, it’s important to know how to store collectible books.
What makes collectible books so valuable?
Not every book is rare and valuable in the eyes of a book dealer. There are certain conditions that books must meet to be worth hundreds to thousands of dollars.
One factor that should be taken into consideration is how many copies of that book is available? Where there thousands of copies made or just a few copies? The fewer the better.
Was it written by a famous or influential author? Did it contribute a famous discovery?
The condition of the book matters as well. It should be readable and not be missing any pages.
The most valuable collectible books.
It’s always nice to know what kind of books people are willing to pay large amounts of money for. Here are three of the most expensive books in the world
Birds of America by James Audubon auctioned for $11.5 million.
The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict for $11.7 million.
The Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci for $30 million.
How to store collectible books
Keep books in climate-controlled areas.
One of the most important things that every book needs is to be kept at a cool temperature. It’s recommended for them to be kept in room temperatures or lower. By keeping them cool it will reduce the chances of them growing mold.
They should also be kept in dry areas where there aren’t any chances of humidity damaging them. That’s why, when searching for storage solutions, it’s better to avoid attics, basements and other areas where they can be affected by extreme environmental changes.
The best solution for book collectors is renting a climate controlled self storage space. These kind of storage units will keep books at room temperature all year around. The books will also be kept indoors with no chance of getting affected by weather like rain.
The way someone stores their books could determine the condition they find them in later on.
It’s best to store book straight. Avoid storing books crooked because this will cause damage to the books. If it’s possible, store books sideways and on top of each other to avoid the chance of them getting damaged.
It’s recommended to store books in boxes that are clean, and put the heaviest books on the bottom. For paperbacks, it’s best to pack them tightly to prevent bending. If you’re looking for even more protection it’s best to wrap each book in bubble wrap.
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