#book collecting

How is the Value of a Book Determined?

Taking a look at who, exactly, is buying rare books, what they are buying, and how value of a book is determined by talking to the experts.

Toward a Philosophy on Book Collecting

Most readers without unlimited space or superhuman self control must develop a philosophy on book collecting. Here are some tips for developing yours.

No More Book Shopping

A Rioter decided to make 2019 the year of not buying anything. As you might've guessed, book shopping turned out to be the hardest to quit.

How To Be A Rare Book Collector

When it comes to budget, work out what you can afford as a rare book collector. Then add the "BUT IT'S SO PRETTY I HAVE TO HAVE IT" margin.

When Reading Isn’t Enough: Book-Adjacent Hobbies!

Bookish stuff to do (other than reading, of course).

From Book Accumulator to Book Collector: A How To

This is a guest post from Charlie Lovett. Charlie is a novelist and playwright. His novel The Bookman’s Tale, set ...

Show and Tell: Our Favorite Autographed Books (Part Two)

Over a year ago, Becky posted a great collection of autographed books from fellow Rioters. But it’s been twelve months, which ...

An Illustrated Guide to Buying the Classics

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

What’s the Oldest Book You Own?

When it comes to collecting, book lovers have assorted passions. Some people love collecting first editions. I dabbled in this ...

Why Keep Books?

According to Plato, Socrates mocked people who kept books, because he said they used them as a crutch. By owning ...

Best of Book Riot: The Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions, Part 1

To celebrate the end of the year, we’re running some of our favorite posts from the last six months. We’ll ...

The Book-Lover’s Guide to Spending Those Powerball Winnings

In my house, we play what we call “The Powerball Game” all the time—not actual Powerball, mind, but the fantasy ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions: Part Two

In “A Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions: Part One“, we went over the most obvious ways to discover if ...

The Beginner’s Guide to Identifying First Editions

Like many things in publishing, what denotes a first edition can be complex and dependent on the whims of individual ...

EXCLUSIVE: Erica Jong on Writing and Collecting Banned Books

What a perfect way to wrap up Banned Books Week! A big thanks to the awesome team at Open Road Media ...