Q: How much is this antique book worth?
A. Let me see that. That is a copy of the Gone with the Wind, first published in 1936. This copy is an Umpteeth printing from 1958, which is indeed old for a book. Imagine, reaching back through time a total of 55 years. What this book must have seen?! If only it could talk, what stories would it tell? Probably Gone with the Wind, books are like that, they don’t really talk about stuff other than what’s written in them. I would check eBay to see if anybody else is trying to sell a copy of your book and judge how much they are asking or find someone in the business and ask how much they would pay. We also have an antique book buying guide that has lists of rare books in it. Good luck, sucker.
Q: Where can I sell my antique books?
A. How much can you make off the back of the dozens of years this book has existed? Dozens of dollars, I suspect! Here’s what you have to do: walk up to a stranger, smack this book upside the person’s head and rifle through his pants for pocket change, if that is a thing that still exists in our digital culture. Better make it an elderly man, just to be sure, but not one of those that fought in the war because they are scrappers, let me tell you. On the other hand, if thievery is not your raison d’etre, you could put it up on eBay or call someone who sells books and they can tell you. The reality is you will only get as much money as someone is willing to give you, so I suggest lying to a stranger to get the best price and run like hell.
Q: Where can I get antique books rebound?
A. Not in the business of selling your history to the highest bidder? You wish to protect and make nice the shelf art that you paid money for so that people may come over and admire the books that will never be read? Sure, we can fix you up. While the library does not rebind books for the public, there are several sellers in Local Big City that will do that service for you for an enormous fee but that does not matter because then you can say how much you paid for your shelf art. On the other hand, there’s a local nut that runs a book binding and quilt making business down at the local farmers market. While we cannot be sure of how elaborate her work is, we do know that she hides a picture of Rear Admiral Sure-Paws, her rescue cat that is half Persian and half bastard, into every one of her projects. Good binding!
Q: How can I protect my antique books from wear and tear?
A. Protecting books? So you've decided to say pish-tosh to capitalism and not sell or give away your ancient books and they are in good shape? Amazing! Well, if the book is any good at all it will have some damage from use, so this must be some silly drivel that your favorite dead relative gave you that neither of you bothered to read. That’s cool, there’s pieces of dino-crap in the Natural History Museum, probably. What you wanna do is remove all metal, wipe the book clean of all rat crap and other items, and store it in a low humidity, temperature-controlled environment to keep the evil from getting to it. Should you have belief that the spirits of darkness wish to have this book for nefarious purposes, you may wish to take drastic measures such as covering it in wax and pressing the Mark of Pentatrex the Bold into the wax before it cools. Should the Black Mold of the Dark One invade the paper, you must do what has to be done and burn the book with the sacred fire so that its knowledge is not leased on the world.
Q: Does your library digitize antique books?
A. No. What a dumb question. Go watch your 50 Shades of Buffy Potter and the Hungry Hippos and leave me alone.