a collectible book

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forgoodorill

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Chinese
Hi, everyone!
I saw an item on Amazon, it's a book. And I know books have several formats:

Hardcover, paperback

But if it's collectible, what's the difference between a book which in very good condition and a collectible?

Thanks in advance! :)
 
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    Collectable somply means that there are a lot of people who collect such items and will pay good prices for them. So a book in good condition is more collectable than a damaged one, and a first edition is more collectable than a later edition.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    If it's "collectable" (or "collectible") it's something that collectors want to collect. That doesn't tell you much about condition; if something is very rare, a collector might not be much concerned about any damage.
     

    Ponyprof

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    If it's "collectable" (or "collectible") it's something that collectors want to collect. That doesn't tell you much about condition; if something is very rare, a collector might not be much concerned about any damage.
    Exactly. It could be very old. It could be a first edition, or have had a very small initial publication. It is inevitably by an author who has a strong following. It may have special illustrations or format or binding. It may be autographed by the author. It may be from the library of a famous person and have their marginal notes.

    The fact of it being collectible is independent of its condition.
     
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