There are times, it's amazing I know, when I simply do not want to go to the bookstore and bump elbows and exchange apologetic glances with strangers in hopes of finding that perfect book. Yes, there are times when I simply want to stay in the comfort of my own home. Thankfully (I think), the Internet makes it easy for me to find sources from the world at large while sitting in my comfiest of chairs (rubbing elbows and exchanging purrs with my cat).
Today is one of those days. So here is a small list of collectible signed editions that I found over at Powell's. The prices seem extremely reasonable. Book Passage also has signed first editions at list price, although their site is a bit harder to search (although I did notice that they have upcoming events with Jimmy Carter, Isabel Allende, and Alexander McCall Smith - so I'm sure there will be signed editions available).
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu (signed)
Signed editions list for $40 to $90 on AbeBooks.com
$21 (used Hardcover)
Currently listing between $35 to $55 on Alibris and AbeBooks.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender (signed). $25.95 (new Hardcover)
listing for $50 to $80 online. The slipcased edition from Powell's indieSpensable program lists for $120.
Small plug for Powell's indieSpensable program:
- Cost: $40/month (available in 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions, or an ongoing subscription),
- What you'll get: a SIGNED, slipcased, limited edition hypermodern collectible, plus other goodies: Usually the shipments come with a second preview book and/or some Powell's merchandise (postcards, coffee mugs, reusable shopping bags, cookies, etc.).
- Past books have included Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (listing for $395), The Wild Things by Dave Eggers (I couldn't find a listing price for this one), Tinkers by Paul Harding (listing for $2,000).... In most cases the value of the indieSpensable edition is two to three times that of the standard signed, first edition copy - so that's not a bad ROI.
- Bottom Line: if you have an extra $40/month you might want to consider an indieSpensable subscription... or start thinking Christmas / Birthday / Anniversary gift for that bibliophile on your list.
$19.95 (used Hardcover)
listing for $175+ online.
Labels: Hypermodern collectible, signed