~ Will repairing a book destroy the value?

Will repairing a book destroy the value?

The simple answer is yes. The complicated answer is not necessarily.  If the book is collectable and other people value it, then doing a repair can make it worth less money. Two ideas must be accounted for though before that first statement can be fully understood.

The first idea is the difference between the words repair and restore. I define each of these in another blog post but suffice to say that repairs are obvious and they frequently cover up or destroy some of the original materials whereas restoration is as close to invisible as possible and strives to keep all original materials as intact as possible. Restoring a book will not usually destroy the monetary value and can even increase it. However, not all books are worth restoring and the Purist book collector will not buy a book that has been restored. But this is the top 1% of the book world.

The second idea is to look at the word value. The value of a book is not intrinsic to the book. Books are like any other commodity in that the more people desire them the more value they can command. Besides monetary value though there is also sentimental value. The same principle applies. The more you care about a book the more value it has for you. This is not trivial. Repairing a book doesn’t usually take away the sentimental value. Look at some before and after pictures to decide if a repair is the right thing for you.

At Save Your Books we understand that both kinds of value are valid and treat all books individually and with great care.