Over the past 20 years, the Rare Book Hub has grown to be far and away the world's largest source of sales data about rare and collectible books. As a result, we have come to work with many of the leading auction houses and booksellers. When it comes to collectors, the one question I have been asked most often is “how do I sell my books?” For most collectors, whether it's age, space limitations, finances, changed focus or fading interest, it eventually becomes time to sell. For others, it is books they inherited but know nothing about. They would like to dispose of them for a fair price but have absolutely no idea what to do, or even where to begin.
To help those who need efficient and quick help, we are now staffing a department we call Catalyst, to organize their material, value their holdings, place them and obtain favorable terms.
A year ago, an aging collector asked me for advice and after two meetings and many calls, she simply said, “sell my stuff.” Instantly I knew how to do it, but it took me most of a year to develop a fair and accurate formula that would quickly and efficiently convert their desire into fair transactions. The answer has turned out to be a service we call Catalyst, charging 10% for the first $5,000 of sales created, coming down to 2% over the first million.
It turns out we not only have the best data about rarity and value about collectible paper, we also have strong relationships with the dealers, institutions and auction houses who make the market. With our understanding of both sides of the market we are already seeing immediate positive outcomes for those who have asked for help.
If you want help or advice, whether you are buying or selling, if/when you want to have a conversation reach us at Rare Book Hub at email@example.com or by phone at (877) 323-7273 or (415) 823-6678.