Ask a dealer if books are a wise investment strategy and the short answer is no.
John Windle, owner of John Windle Antiquarian Books in San Francisco, says collecting books is more akin to a savings account than a short-term investment.
“Books tend not to lose value over the long haul,” he says.
Do Rare Books increase in value?
Paperbacks are rarely worth a significant amount, unless they are particularly rare. The value of a book will increase significantly if it is a first edition, particularly if it is also a first printing. Conversely, second printings and later tend to have much lower values.
Do books appreciate in value?
Readers appreciate books for their literary value and usually do not care about the condition or monetary value of the books they own and read. Collectors may indeed enjoy reading their books just as much as any regular reader, but they also pay special attention to the care of their books.
What’s the rarest book in the world?
10 of the Most Rare Books of All Time
- The Gutenberg Bible.
- The Birds of America.
- The Codex of Leicester.
- Don Quixote.
- Tamerlane and Other Poems.
- Ptolemy’s Geographia Cosmographia.
- On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres.
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
What old books are worth money?
20 Iconic Books You Probably Own That Are Now Worth A LOT Of Money!
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997), J.K. Rowling.
- The Cat in the Hat (1957) Dr.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), Arthur Conan Doyle.
- The Bible (1600 – 1630)
- The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book (1894-1895) Rudyard Kipling: