Investing in books
INVESTING ON THE GO - Vernon Joseph Go (The Freeman) - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am

It’s the season of books. As of this writing, we have book sales going on in the metro. The perpetually on sale Book Sale Bookstore is one, and of course we have the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale happening in the IC3 Convention Center as well as the National Bookstore Thank Book Sale.

There are at least two ways to invest in books. First is for knowledge accumulation and learning, and second is through book collecting and selling it far in the future.

If you aren't sure where to begin your investing journey, books are a good place to start. I myself started with magazines, specifically those business and finance related ones such as entrepreneur and the like. You can even find some wisdom in newspaper business columns such as mine (Investing-on-the-go) or ‘Philequity corner’ for example.

When I began my investing journey, I invested mostly on myself. Learning all about the industry, the different sub topics (such as: insurance, pooled funds and many more), joining seminars or conventions and even personal finance books to understand as much as I could. Eventually I also wrote my own book called ‘A Lazy Investor’s Way - How to Hack Investing, Your Time, and Use it with Intention.’

Because we don’t like friction in our lives. We also can’t predict the direction of the market. No one can. Simplicity, it’s what we all want to achieve in every area of our life.

"A Lazy Investor's Way" is for anyone who wants to use time & money well. And to focus on what matters most in life.

I share my perspective and experience through 27 bite-sized chapters … helping you to:

* Identify and start changing self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want.

* Act-on self-awareness, perspective, patience to help you create the life you want. And create it NOW.

* Realize your potential and purpose while building your own path to personal and financial success.

Book Collecting and Accumulating

Book collectors collect for it is their passion while accumulators collect for financial reasons. For most collectors, books represent a stable, long-term investment. It can be financially rewarding if you have the necessary expertise, diligence, and patience. It is better to just collect what you love, collect what you know, and become the expert in your own field.

Books tend not to lose value over the long haul but it is not a liquid investment. Determining the value of books, to say the least, is not an exact science. A book’s condition is vital — the closer to the original condition, the better. But a book’s edition is also paramount.

Typically, the first edition is the most coveted because fewer copies have been printed than subsequent editions. But predicting which books will be valuable in the future is nearly impossible.

Really old books sell for a whole lot such as “William Shakespeare’s First Folio” which sold US$6Million. In a more relatable genre, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone’ first edition has sold for various high prices depending on the version. A UK edition printed in 1997 sold for US$7,500 to 13,500. Published in 1998, the US version of the Philosopher's Stone was re-titled. Prices for first edition first printings go up to around $6,500  with a fair selection between $4,000 and $5,000.

So, the next time you find a book, don’t judge it by its cover!


For my book, check out this link (Paperback/Hardcover/Kindle) –


The writer wears many hats: RFP®–Registered Financial Planner | Licensed Real Estate Broker | Content Creator| Podcast-on-the-go Producer & Host

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