When it comes to fiction and hardback books changes in retailing have produced a glut of unwanted titles.
Strangely these are mostly the best of modern popular fiction even stranger is that the majority of these books are first editions, books which in another age would have passed the original retail price as desirable collectables after a few years.
One of most prominent of the popular fiction writers from the mid 50s to the mid 80s was Alistair MacLean here are what the values of first editions of his books were in 1985.
The cover prices on hardback fiction books increased over the years, roughly as below.
2010 around £15
2000 around £12
1990 around £10
1980 around £8
1970 around £2
1960 around £1
1950 around 50p
1940 around 25p
This meant that the value of a nice condition first edition passed what you had paid for it new after about ten years, due to a mixture of the rise in the value of the first editions and inflation.
Frankly now this does not not happen with most fiction books, most of the fiction first edition books by prominent authors published around ten years ago are available on the internet including P&P for less than they would cost to post.
Most of my customers prefer the to buy the these books in paperback, having tried various price reduction strategies in my bookshop, I have now put them all in one place in my bookshop and priced them all at 50p you can see some of them in the photos. Not really sure if this will work either on the supply or demand front.