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mhatchett
02-19-2012, 06:27 PM
Bookplates seem to have fallen out of favor lately. When I first started collecting books, the feeling seemed to be, as long as they were tasteful and acid free, they didn't detract from the value of the book. I enjoy finding good bookplates in the books I purchase. The other day I was perusing books in a used book store and I found one of my old books on the shelf with the bookplate intact. It was kind of neat to think that that book will travel on with my name in it. "Books are ships that sail the seas of time" kind of thing. I like seeing the twisty strange connections sometimes. A sort immortality.... And I like beautiful bookplates. For what it's worth.
MDH

srboone
02-19-2012, 07:08 PM
I never thought of it like that before. I've always avoided buying the books with bookplates in them and I've only put them in books that I don't want to sell (at least that's I tell mysself :rolleyes:). I have gotten some books with bookplates intact, but that's because it wasn't in the description. My copy of Pet Semetery has a bookplate in it and I got my money refunded and was told to keep the book becaue the seller hadn't been able to sell it (it had been bought and returned several times.)

Ben Staad
02-19-2012, 07:08 PM
For what it's worth I greatly dislike bookplates. To me they look like the folks who put stickers all over their laptops. It's just not my thing.

Grant Wootton
02-19-2012, 11:49 PM
Not a fan of bookplates at all, just the overall look does it for me and, like Squire, I've requested refunds if a book I purchased arrived with a previous owners plate in it (if it were advertised as bookplated, I'd not consider it for inclusion in my collection - unless the plate belonged to someone I'd heard of - ie, should I see an SK 1st edition bookplated by DRK, I'd think about it) :(

srboone
02-20-2012, 12:15 AM
Took a look at my PS again and it does have the book plate in it, but no name. But its in the bottom left corner of the front endpaper--most of it's hidden by the frontflap of the DJ. I find even that placement to be odd.

bookworm 1
02-20-2012, 12:25 AM
I hate book plates.My wifes grandmother ruined the value of all her books.After she died we were going through her books book plates were in first editions of C.S. Lewis Screwtape Letters all first editions of every James A.Michener book and a first edition copy of All Quiet on the Western Front.We were told by a book seller that the book plates probably lowered the value by 70% or more.So a big no to book plates for me.

Teriw
02-20-2012, 12:35 AM
Really? That much? Crazy. I thought they'd ever so slightly increase the value. but i still didnt like them anyway.

jhanic
02-20-2012, 11:45 AM
I agree with Grant. If a book has a bookplate attached, it's an automatic no-sale to me. It's simply defacing the book permanently.

John

Martin
02-20-2012, 02:41 PM
If a book has a bookplate I will only buy it if I really need to add it to my collection and the price is low.

bookworm 1
02-20-2012, 09:53 PM
Unless it was owned by someone famous then you could hit the mother load.

JDar.
02-21-2012, 09:44 AM
It's upsetting when I find a collectable with a non-author related bookplate, ink stamp or writing in it. I'd only buy it as a low-priced reading copy.

I haven't seen the practice used lately, but how do you feel about a author's signature bookplate?

Jan

srboone
02-21-2012, 09:55 AM
I don't know; I don't have any, but Michael Moorcock (one of my favorite authors) signs most of his stuff these days by bookplate (they're free for the asking.)

Up to now, I've kinda turned my nose up at them....:(

Grant Wootton
02-21-2012, 04:11 PM
Again, not a fan Jan, the only author bookplates I have in the collection are some of the Hodder & Stoughton UK Limited of King's (some real signature, some facsimile) - either way, they're not great, for two reasons ... (1) most of them appear to have been stuck into the book by 5 year olds with access to way too much glue and (2) an author bookplate doesn't have the same personal "wow the author's touched this very book that I'm holding" that a flat signed or signed limited has :(

Dan Hocker
02-21-2012, 04:18 PM
(2) an author bookplate doesn't have the same personal "wow the author's touched this very book that I'm holding" that a flat signed or signed limited has :(

Not to burst your bubble but, there's not a lot of difference between a signed author book plate and a sig sheet in a signed limited. The author never actually had the book in his hands, he had a stack of sig sheets that where then bound into the book by the printer.

JDar.
02-21-2012, 04:56 PM
Not to burst your bubble but, there's not a lot of difference between a signed author book plate and a sig sheet in a signed limited. The author never actually had the book in his hands, he had a stack of sig sheets that where then bound into the book by the printer.

A few years ago a few people (not the authors) were selling signed bookplates on eBay. Poppy Z Brite noticed her's was being sold and quickly posted on Message Boards and her blog that she had never signed a bookplate in her life. Soooo, one major diff between a bookplate and a signature sheet is that I feel more confident in the authenticity of the signature if it's bound into the book by the publisher.

.. . . and like Grant said, it looks better too. :cool:

bsaenz24
02-21-2012, 04:58 PM
Not to burst your bubble but, there's not a lot of difference between a signed author book plate and a sig sheet in a signed limited. The author never actually had the book in his hands, he had a stack of sig sheets that where then bound into the book by the printer.


Yes, but Dan, a book plate is a STICKER!!!!! :p :p :p :p

Seriously though, thou shalt not use bookplates!! I see a signature page as a normal and intended part of the book. Bookplates == BAD!!!!! REDRUM!!! REDRUM!!! REDRUM!!!

Dan Hocker
02-21-2012, 05:01 PM
Oh I totally agree, just didn't want anyone to have the allusion that the authors actually held and signed you books. They held and signed the signature page, just not the whole book.

Grant Wootton
02-21-2012, 06:59 PM
Gee, thanks Dan - my little bright spot of the universe today has been utterly demolished, destroyed and devastated :p

4446

Dan Hocker
02-21-2012, 07:02 PM
Gee, thanks Dan - my little bright spot of the universe today has been utterly demolished, destroyed and devastated :p

4446

It's what I do...

Grant Wootton
02-21-2012, 07:07 PM
It's what I do...

Well, sunshine, ain't no-one can say you're not good at your job ;)

mhatchett
02-21-2012, 08:35 PM
Clearly with so many people posting against bookplates....I'll just have to keep slapping them in! My first edition Salem's Lot looks great!! HAHAHA!!!
MDH

mhatchett
02-21-2012, 08:35 PM
Don't worry, it was price clipped! No heart Attacks please!

Grant Wootton
02-21-2012, 11:30 PM
This one of yours then, MDH ;)

4494

mhatchett
02-21-2012, 11:52 PM
This one of yours then, MJH ;)

4494
Mine aren't as colorful!! HAHAHHA!!! Good one Grant!
MDH

Grant Wootton
02-22-2012, 05:50 AM
:D (too much time to Google stuff on my hands) :D

Menace
02-23-2012, 01:35 PM
It's upsetting when I find a collectable with a non-author related bookplate, ink stamp or writing in it. I'd only buy it as a low-priced reading copy.


Jan

So on all my Stephen king first editions and a few of my limited editions that my EX wife wrote "Asshole" on would lower their worth ..HAHAHA unless of course I become a world famous author then they might be worth something again. :)

Grant Wootton
02-23-2012, 04:18 PM
Or, if the ex became famous :cool:

Menace
02-23-2012, 04:36 PM
Or, if the ex became famous :cool:

that is so true hahahaha

jester05jk
02-26-2012, 11:11 PM
Kill her in some weird way that will make world news and have a long drawn out trail. That solves everything, I think.

srboone
02-26-2012, 11:27 PM
Then write a book! It could be the biggest piece of rap on the market, but the initial glut wil make it worthwhile to any publisher.

Menace
03-01-2012, 01:18 PM
Kill her in some weird way that will make world news and have a long drawn out trail. That solves everything, I think.

I will file this under "Tips of what not to do" no matter how appealing it may sound hahahahaha

Tree705
03-01-2012, 05:29 PM
I do like cheap books so thanks for destroying the value and allowing me to affordably fill in my collection.