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Nuadha

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Report this Apr. 12 2010, 2:25 am

Years ago, I got rid of all my Trek books.   Recently I started reading them again and regretted this.    However, I found a guy on Craig's List who was selling his collection of 100 Trek books and at this point he said he was very negotiable on price.    If they didn't sell this time he was giving them to Goodwill.   Not having a lot of money these days, I offered him $20.   He accepted.

The collection had already been gutted of all the TNG and Voyager books (accept a few he had doubles of) by another person, but I ended up with what turned out to actually be 200 books, including all of the original series numbered books from 1-77 in original printings and it looks like all the pre-Pocket Books, including all 12 James Blish adaptions, all of the Star Trek Log books (adaptions of the animated series) and it appears all of the Bantam books (Spock Must Die, Spock Messiah, Mudd's Angels, etc., etc.).   All of the books except the James Blish adaption series were in fantastic shape.    This far outdoes the collection that I got rid of years ago.    

Also, I only got in to DS9 after watching them on DVD so I had skipped the books.     Now it my favorite series and he had a bunch of DS9 books including the Millennium Trilogy.

I am a very happy Trek geek right now.   I get to re-read the books that entertained me in my youth and read some new ones I never read before.

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Report this Apr. 12 2010, 3:56 pm

Quote (ServalanFan @ April 12 2010, 11:01 am)
Wow!

The last Star Trek TOS used book I bought cost me $8. My father threw out my Star Trek book collection 25 years ago and I have been buying used copies over the last 2 years if I could find them.
I think maybe at an average cost of $6 (more than they cost me in the first place). :laugh:

If you don't mind my asking, why did your Dad throw out your collection??  I would have had a fit!!


Nuadha, I envy you finding those old BANTAM Star Treks!!  I don't know what happened to mine, I have a feeling my ex tossed them when I wasn't looking!!  Mine were brand spanking new, even though they were already 10 years old.

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Report this Apr. 12 2010, 5:11 pm

200 books in "fantastic" shape for only 20 bucks?!?

Wow.

I hit up a used book store last summer, came away with only five or six Star Trek books in "decent" shape, and spent nearly 20 bucks.

You got a GREAT deal, amigo.

SupremeAdmiralBeviKathiK

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Report this Apr. 12 2010, 5:20 pm

:O :( I can't find many Trek books ANYWHERE :cry:

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Report this Apr. 12 2010, 10:19 pm

Just came back from up north Michigan and scouring about 8 different used bookstores large and small, and the Trek novels WAY out-numbered the Star Wars up there. I was very pleased. Whoops, should report this on the other thread.

Way to go, Nuadha. These are the opportunities you dream about. :)

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Report this Apr. 13 2010, 4:30 am

Quote (grigori @ April 11 2010, 11:19 pm)
Just came back from up north Michigan and scouring about 8 different used bookstores large and small, and the Trek novels WAY out-numbered the Star Wars up there. I was very pleased. Whoops, should report this on the other thread.

Way to go, Nuadha. These are the opportunities you dream about. :)

I'm also in Michigan, near Detroit, and most of the used book stores have pretty massive Star Trek sections, but tend to have them marked at $2-4 a book.   The Libraries around here also have a lot of used Trek books at 50 cents a book.   If you can make it down here, I highly recommend stopping by John K. King Books in Downtown Detroit.    They have 4 stories of used books and a large selection of Trek, though they aren't all in the same place, so you have to explore their Sci-Fi section thoroughly.    I looked at the first section of Trek books time I was there and almost thought that was all the books (still worth the trip) but then looked at the other side of the shelf, and the end cap of the shelf and the hardcover section and found tons more.    

The reason I had to share this haul, was to suggest others try checking Craig's List.   Go to the used section for your area and search for Trek.      There are a lot of old fans trying to dump their collections these days.  eBay is also a great place to pick up large lots of books.   (I will be watching it now for a good collection of TNG books now, since the collection I bought had almost no TNG.)

Now, I am torn over which book to read next.    I have gone from constantly having to hunt down another book at a decent price (or caving in and buying a new book) to having so many I want to read NOW, and not enough time.    I am a very happy fan right now.  The guy selling them to me also seemed very happy since he was about to drop them off at Goodwill in a few days.   I promised him I would take good care of them.

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Report this Apr. 13 2010, 4:32 am

I also checked John K. King for Doctor Who books when I was last there.      They used to have a big collection of them when I was growing up, despite most of them being printed in the UK.    I asked the clerk where they went and she told me that they all sold out over the last few months.   You can tell Who popularity is on the rise.

I am hoping that Trek will get a boost with the Trek Online game.    I keep hearing good reviews of the game and some WoW addicted friends of mine who were only partially Trekkers are now hooked on it instead.

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Report this Apr. 13 2010, 1:45 pm

Quote (SupremeAdmiralBeviKathiK @ April 12 2010, 3:20 pm)
:O :( I can't find many Trek books ANYWHERE :cry:

It was that way in my town, too. Until I just happened to be at Pamida looking at their books, hoping to see at least one ST book there. There was a guy next to me and he asked if I was finding what I was looking for. He wasn't an employee. I told him that I was just hoping to see a Star Trek book. I also mentioned that I don't get over to the bookstore 60 miles away and I always check out the local stores book shelves. He nodded at me and said he understood.

Cut to a month later. I'm back at Pamida looking at the books and I find 2 ST books!! Vangaurd and the first of a 3 part TOS story!! WOOOOOO! I told the clerk that I was a happy gal! And she told me that the guy who brings and stocks the shelves told the manager that he talked to a ST fan so he was going to include some ST books each visit. Needless to say, I'm happy with that :D

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Report this Apr. 13 2010, 2:19 pm

Quote (CO_Fowler @ April 13 2010, 6:45 pm)
Quote (SupremeAdmiralBeviKathiK @ April 12 2010, 3:20 pm)
:O :( I can't find many Trek books ANYWHERE :cry:

It was that way in my town, too. Until I just happened to be at Pamida looking at their books, hoping to see at least one ST book there. There was a guy next to me and he asked if I was finding what I was looking for. He wasn't an employee. I told him that I was just hoping to see a Star Trek book. I also mentioned that I don't get over to the bookstore 60 miles away and I always check out the local stores book shelves. He nodded at me and said he understood.

Cut to a month later. I'm back at Pamida looking at the books and I find 2 ST books!! Vangaurd and the first of a 3 part TOS story!! WOOOOOO! I told the clerk that I was a happy gal! And she told me that the guy who brings and stocks the shelves told the manager that he talked to a ST fan so he was going to include some ST books each visit. Needless to say, I'm happy with that :D

That. Is. EPIC!!!! I had to hunt round a BILLION charity shops to find any.. I mean I have alot of the newer ones so i was looking for older ones and you just can't find them :(

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Report this Apr. 14 2010, 10:12 pm

I started buying a few books here and there about 20 years ago and then about 10 years ago my wife found a "Book Rack" store that had a ton of used books in good/excellent condition.  Since then, I have been frequenting the store and buying anything I don't have.  (Actually, now the staff keeps an eye out for books for me and call me when one comes in.)  I think I'm near 500 books now and am just missing a few old Bantam books and can only get those on eBay.

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Report this Apr. 17 2010, 4:28 pm

Wow! Over on the ENT Forum they're saying now that The Good That Men Do (Enterprise's going-forward miracle save-from-the-crappy-last-ep) is in short supply and going for $20 and up, if you can find it at all!! It's not that old.

I just saw one last weekend shopping Northern Michigan but didn't get it 'cause I have it. Live and learn. (Then go up north again a couple weeks later on some excuse...! to get it for my buds.)

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Report this Apr. 19 2010, 2:38 am

I checked eBay and the Good that Men Do is only $5 "buy now" on eBay, so it isn't as bad as you've heard.    Still, $5 is a lot for a Trek novel.   Most of them go for $1-2 on eBay.

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Report this Apr. 20 2010, 8:48 pm

thanx, VAB, that's a lot more believeable.

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Report this Apr. 24 2010, 12:36 am

I love garage sales, E-Bay and online bookstores. There is also a Swap  for books online where you can swap books for FREE , just pay for shipping if not in your area. Check your local libraries that often have FREE books or books for sale at very low prices! Last boot least a used book store is a great place to find books in good condition.

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