- Hardcover? Or paperback?
- Illustrations? Or just text?
- First editions? Or you don’t care?
- Signed by the author? Or not?
Admittedly, I’m 50-50 on most of these. I know the value of books that are hardcover, illustrated, first editions or signed, and occasionaly, I give in to the temptation of having them. I have two copies of some of my books: one for keeping, and one for reading. Though given the cost of the first choices (again, hardcover, illustrated, first editions or signed), I often fall back to the latter ones: paperback, just text, subsequent editions and unsigned.
Frankly, I’m more for the joy of the story than the prestige of the collection, and I’m going to be re-reading a book, I know it gets worn down over time. So what’s the point in owning something that’s a collectible but I can only look at it?
Though amongst my pride & joy is a paperback copy of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust that is signed by him and has a drawing of a shooting star.
He was rather tired by the time he signed this, though I was among the first ten people whose books he signed that day