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    Consderations:
    • Value of the book
    • Is a reading version (trade, ebook, etc.) readily available

    If I do read it, the mylar and dust jacket stay on, I don't crack it more than 90 degrees, and likely don't take it from the house. Never had an issue. Most of these are small press and books I don't plan to sell.
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    I'm a bibliophile.

    I like to at least browse through them. I will occasionally completely read a S/L. I sit in a comfortable chair with good lighting and relax.

    I love collecting. I love reading. I love holding a well made book.

    I am mindful of the value of the book I'm reading. I wash my hands and refrain from eating, drinking, smoking or whatever.

    I don't over-open a book. However, most recent S/L are Smyth Sewn and can be laid flat without damaging the spine.

    I've never damaged a collectible book by reading it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br!an View Post

    I love collecting. I love reading. I love holding a well made book.
    This reason alone is why I do handle (and sometimes read) limited edition books. The look and feel of a well made book is just so damn sexy!

    I own only one book that is still in unopened shrinkwrap - an ARC of Wizard and Glass. Only because I'm too lazy to open it. Any S/L I buy will always be opened to verify signature, admire the binding, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amd013 View Post
    Sorry if there is already a thread like this. Feel free to merge if so.

    So, i've got several Signed Limiteds that I got from CD via grab bags and the like, also a few that I bought individually. Many of these books are books I would probably never buy, but I hate having this nice books and not read them. I could buy reading copies (if possible), but like I said many of these are books I would not normally buy. Many of these are probably "PC" copies.

    Given that they were bundled in a grab bag, many of these probably never will be valuable, so there is probably no risk in reading them.

    Here is a list:

    Spoiler:


    From grab bags and not read:
    1. Dinner With the Cannibal Sisters by Douglas Clegg (signed and limited to 1000, but no number)
    2. Bad Dog by Tom Piccirilli (signed and limited to 750, but no number)
    3. Night of the Triffids by Simon Clark (signed and limited to 1000 but no number)
    4. Language of Fear by Del James (Signed Limited, but there is no limitation/signature page)
    5. Backshot by Ed Gorman (signed limited to 750, but no number)
    6. The Angels by Rio Youers (signed 742/750)
    7. Bastion by Simon Clark (signed 708/250)
    8. Salome by Mick Garris (signed 372/750)
    9. Fangoria Cover to Cover 35 years of the World's Most Popular Horror Magazine (signed limited, but no limitation page or signatures)

    Here are a few more from grab bags that I have actually already read this copy of:
    1. Amazonas by Alan Peter Ryan (signed limited to 1000, but no number)
    2. Backshot by Tom Piccirilli (signed (initialled actually), limited to 1000 but no number)

    Here is a list I bought individually:
    1. Cemetery Dance Joe Hill Special Issue #74/75 (signed 82/600)
    2. The Fireman by Joe Hill (trade edition with signed bookplate from CD (limited to 1500)
    3. Better Weird by various Signed 454/750
    4. Darkness Wispers by Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman (signed 92/500)

    There are still more on the way:
    1. Early Readers review copy bundle
    2. Shivers VIII
    3. Dark Screams
    4. Haven by Tom Deady
    5. Shining in the Dark
    6. In Sunlight or in Shadow

    (BTW, if any of the above besides Haven has been released already, let me know as I haven't received them)

    So which of these would you a) read b) not read at all c) buy a reading copy and read that one d) get a library card and borrow it from library?

    Of course I am more interested in general what is your threshold in "worth" for you not to read a limited edition.

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    I wonder...in the end, how many of the Suntup Lettered edition books will actually be opened and read? For a given title, less than 5? 5-10? Or more?
    Alright, we'll call it a draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldCrow88 View Post
    I wonder...in the end, how many of the Suntup Lettered edition books will actually be opened and read? For a given title, less than 5? 5-10? Or more?
    I would guess not a single Suntup Lettered edition has been read EVER.



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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfan2323 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by OldCrow88 View Post
    I wonder...in the end, how many of the Suntup Lettered edition books will actually be opened and read? For a given title, less than 5? 5-10? Or more?
    I would guess not a single Suntup Lettered edition has been read EVER.



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    I read one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by webstar1000 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldCrow88 View Post
    I wonder...in the end, how many of the Suntup Lettered edition books will actually be opened and read? For a given title, less than 5? 5-10? Or more?
    I would guess not a single Suntup Lettered edition has been read EVER.



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    I read one!
    Wow! Cover to cover?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfan2323 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldCrow88 View Post
    I wonder...in the end, how many of the Suntup Lettered edition books will actually be opened and read? For a given title, less than 5? 5-10? Or more?
    I would guess not a single Suntup Lettered edition has been read EVER.



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    I read one!
    Wow! Cover to cover?

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    yes. I won't do it again. Too stressful. I have read more than one numbered and all the gifts/artists though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webstar1000 View Post
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    I wonder...in the end, how many of the Suntup Lettered edition books will actually be opened and read? For a given title, less than 5? 5-10? Or more?
    I would guess not a single Suntup Lettered edition has been read EVER.



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    I read one!
    Wow! Cover to cover?

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    yes. I won't do it again. Too stressful. I have read more than one numbered and all the gifts/artists though.
    That's pretty cool. Should not be stressful. Curl up with a cup of coffee, powdered donut, and bowl of cranberries. Relaxing. Stomach ache and decimated book.


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    I have two rules for signed/limited books: 1) I read each and every one and appreciate the workmanship while doing so and 2) I only purchase them if a trade edition of some sort already resides in my personal library. It's all about the story; if I don't like a book enough to already own it there is no way I will pay a premium for a pretty package. That's like buying artwork for the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Mears View Post
    I have two rules for signed/limited books: 1) I read each and every one and appreciate the workmanship while doing so and 2) I only purchase them if a trade edition of some sort already resides in my personal library. It's all about the story; if I don't like a book enough to already own it there is no way I will pay a premium for a pretty package. That's like buying artwork for the frame.
    100% agree! If you're not reading them- you're probably "speculating" them. That's fine, but- then the real "loss" is already inherent (in your copy) in my opinion.

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    My confession: I'm on the Suntup lettered track and (though I haven't yet started) I intend to sit and read every one. I will care for them, but I will pull them off the shelf, open them, and enjoy them in-hand. Then, when the time is right, I will pass them on to my son. Who I hope will pass them on to his children.
    Alright, we'll call it a draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldCrow88 View Post
    My confession: I'm on the Suntup lettered track and (though I haven't yet started) I intend to sit and read every one. I will care for them, but I will pull them off the shelf, open them, and enjoy them in-hand. Then, when the time is right, I will pass them on to my son. Who I hope will pass them on to his children.
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