The Guardian observes the collector’s market for advance reading copies.

Book collectors are a funny lot. Unlike readers, who are concerned with what’s inside the book, the true delight of any volume for a collector lies in the nuts and bolts of the book’s production. First editions, signed copies, limited releases … these are valued above rubies by the book collector. But there’s also a shadowy grey market in book collecting — that of dealing in proofs.

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