Books To Look For
Atlases -- Maps are so
valuable right now, that people go to libraries, look at books the
library forgot it had, then they steal the individual maps from them.
Books with Botanical Prints
-- These can be quite
valuable too. People steal the individual pages from these too.
Birds -- Same with books with bird prints. The
famous name that comes to mind, is "Audubon". There's other
"names" as well.
Travel -- Books that have eyewitness accounts of
someone's journey somewhere. Or if it is an eyewitness account of
some historical event. Depending upon the author, the time period
of the story, and the place they are writing about, it can be valuable.
Cookbooks -- The most expensive ones are the
"early" ones. 1700's, 1820, etc. (Maybe 1600 if they exist.) But most of
the ones with value that most people would run across, are the mass
produced 19th and 20th century cookbooks. "Generally speaking", the
harder to find editions are the most valuable.
"Coffee Table" Books About "Design"
-- Larger format picture books showcasing the work of a "designer" of
some sort. These books are usually about, architects, interior
designers, industrial designers, furniture, and fashion designers.
Photography -- "Coffee table" books and other
books that showcase the work of photographers.
Novels -- Certain novels by famous authors are
valuable. You need to do your homework before you get into
collecting these for investment purposes.
/ Scientific --- Certain old medical
books--"generally", ones from before the 1950's are more valuable.
The "early" ones are the most valuable. (1800's and before) I would
assume that harder to find books-- that were "definitive" in their day;
ones that are about a famous "procedure"; or ones detailing a
"breakthrough" could have more value. As I understand
things, very old anatomy books can have quite a bit of
Military -- Certain books dealing with a military
subject can have value. It all depends upon the subject, rarity,
author and so on.
Celebrity -- Books signed by famous people can
have value. They can be signed by the author or someone connected to the
book in some way. Not all signed books are "equal" though. A
signed book is more valuable if it is NOT signed, "To Someone...".
Books once owned by a celebrity can have value sometimes. It
depends upon what connection the celebrity had to the book. A creepy
example would be the cookbook a famous poisoner used when he poisoned
his victims. High School or College Yearbooks
that have a famous person's picture in them can be valuable too. It
depends upon how "bankable" that famous person is.
That Pertain To a Certain Region -- Books that
deal with the history or geography of a certain place. Those can
be valuable---especially to people who collect books about that place.
Some books can have historical significance.
Owner's Manuals -- "Old" instruction books that
came with appliances, radios, lawn mowers, etc. Especially
"valuable" are ones that have schematics for old electrical items such
as radios, and televisions. These are not "horribly" valuable I
would assume, except to people who collect the items the book is for. If
you are wanting to fix up old appliances, radios, televisions etc. then
the instruction books with schematics are important. Some reproductions
of these books are available. I know there is a market for the
Books To Avoid
Reader's Digest Condensed Books
-- These can go for $.10 to around $2.00 depending upon
where you buy them.
Book Club Editions -- As a
"general rule" these are not valuable at all. There are some
notable exceptions though.
University and College Textbooks --- As far as I
know, most out of date, fairly recently published, university text
books, like the ones you see at garage sales,---these are virtually
worthless. Unless they are recent enough that they can be used by
a student--- OR unless maybe they have a famous goof in them, they won't
have any value as far as I know. I saw them make a table out of
them on HGTV once. They drilled a hole in them, put a rod through
it and bolted them together for use as the base of a table. They are
good for pressing flowers in. If they are larger format books, they
accommodate larger plants. If you were feeling industrious and thought
you might get bored during long winter months, you could use the pages
to wall paper the walls of your house. Then you would have something to
read if you got snowed in.