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How to use a rare book blog?

By Katharina Koch. Dec 6, 2013. 12:32 AM.

We've recently had a tremendous number of individuals, collectors, readers, librarians, and teachers subscribe to our blog.. Thanks so much! We appreciate your interest and your vote of confidence that we'll continue to deliver exceptional content. But what the heck does one do with a rare books blog, anyway? You'll find it's a terrific "jumping off point" into the world of rare and antiquarian books. To that end, here's some brief thoughts on getting the most out of the blog, along with our other online resources and communications. 

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You'll find Books Tell You Why on Google+, Twitter (@bookstellyouwhy), facebook and LinkedIn, where we regularly post bookish news from our blog and around the web. This is a terrific way to stay connected not only with us, but with the book collecting community at large. 

If you'd rather get a dose of bookish news delivered directly to your inbox, you may prefer to subscribe to the blog and/or our email communications:

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Join the Conversation

We always welcome feedback, post it at the bottom of each blog post or email us at blog@bookstellyouwhy.com. if you have an idea for a blog article, please let us know and we'll witih you to make it happen. If you are interested in guest blogging opportunities for us on your site or if you would like to showcase your bookish expertise or collection on our blog, we'd love to talk to you! (Next year we'll even be holding a blog contest, so feel free to prepare now.)

Of course, be invited to share blog articles with your own social networks--the more the merrier! 

Explore a Wealth of Resources

Did we mention that you can subscribe to your blog notifications? OK, We might have.

On our Book Collector's Resources page, you'll find a growing selection of additional topics:

  • Download handy illustrated Collector's Guides. Currently available are guides to Caldecott and Newbury Award-winning books, perfect for children's book collectors. 

  • Looking for some tips and tricks to identify your first edition? You'll find points of issue for several major publishers, and we're constantly updating the list. 

  • Looking for coverage of some of your favorite collecting areas?  Fishing and Signed Books anyone? More to come.

  • Looking to sell books to others or ask for help about a book you have?  Get to our Forum.

  • And you know what?  You can always recommend us to a friend.

Of course, you can also buy our books. Yep, we still sell them. Lots of them every day and we love to connect some of the greatest books with some of the greatest people.  See some of most popular categories here:  Popular Book Categories.

Something missing?  Let us know.  Thanks for being there.  We wouldn't be without you.

Katharina Koch


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