Where to Find Signed Books

I have quite collected quite a few signed books over the past few years. A few of them I actually got at book signings or author events, but the majority of them are books I purchased signed. Having signed copies isn’t necessary, but it is something I enjoy, and it makes the books a bit more special in my eyes. With the exception of one super-special edition I received for Christmas, I didn’t pay any extra for any of my signed books, so I thought I’d share where I find my signed copies, and how you can get some signed copies of your own as well!

  1. Target. What? I know, this is not the first place you’d think to look for signed books, let alone actual books (my dad didn’t even know they had books there until about a month ago). Target doesn’t always have signed copies, but that hasn’t stopped me from looking every time I visit. I’ve seen quite a few signed books there over the years, but I’ve only picked up three: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burroughs, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. (Update: I found a signed copy of And I Darken by Kiersten White at Target last night!) Not all of their signed books are popular releases, but you can find some great ones there, usually at a discount. So keep your eyes peeled!
  2. Barnes & Noble. As far as I know, B&N signed books can mainly be found online – they have a whole section of their website devoted to signed copies – but there are some really great ones to be found there. I’ve gotten signed copies of Pierce Brown and V. E. Schwab from B&N. They also frequently have signed preorders, so you can reserve a signed copy of a book you’re anticipating! I just preordered a signed copy of Anna Kendrick’s new book. 
  3. Book Outlet. This one’s a bit hit-or-miss, because they have a ton of signed books. Still, there are some excellent signed titles to be found, and they’re priced just slightly above Book Outlet’s regular discount prices. I found a signed hardcover copy of Kristen Hannah’s The Nightingale for around $10 (which is more than 50% off the regular hardcover price).
  4. Easton Press. Easton Press makes uber-beautiful, crazy-expensive editions of a variety of books, many of which are signed. They’re a bit out of my price-range, but I did receive a copy of one of my favorite books for Christmas last year, and it’s amazing. Visit their site at your own risk – if you’re anything like myself, it will make you lust after a lot of books you can’t afford. (They do have payment plans, though. I’m probably not helping.) Still, if you have one absolute-favorite book, it might be nice to own one of these editions.
  5. Harvard Bookstore. This is a bit of an unexpected place to buy books, but since they host a lot of literary events, they actually have quite a few signed books in stock. If you’re in Boston/Cambridge, you can pop in and explore, and if you’re not, you can check out their signed books or signed pre-orders online. They change a lot, so I try to check every once in a while. For a college bookstore, their customer service is excellent, so I highly recommend buying from them if you see something you like. I got a signed copy of The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan last year.
  6. Directly from the publisher. Some publishers make signed copies of their books available online, and they’re one of the best places to find a great selection of signed books. Here’s a couple I like: Simon & Schuster & Random House.
  7. Abe Books. Abe Books has a great selection of a variety of new and used books (I used to order textbooks from them in college). You can find a lot of really cool signed editions (as of writing this, they have several signed copies of A Game of Thrones), so if you’re looking for something specific, that might be a great place to start.

If you’re curious, you can see my collection of signed books on Goodreads.

Do you have any signed books? Does it make a difference to you whether or not your books are signed? And does it make a huge difference to you whether your books are pre-signed or if you’ve gotten them signed in person? I’d love to hear your thoughts on signed books, so leave them in the comments!

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14 thoughts on “Where to Find Signed Books

  1. Wow that’s helpful, even though I’m not living in the US, since I plan to reside there for 2-3 years, this is a good guide. 😀 Love your blog template! It’s so clean and fresh-looking. 🙂

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      1. Thankfully we don’t get earth quakes where I live, but I do have wall mounted shelves and once the shelf feel out of the wall and sent books flying everywhere (I thankfully wasn’t in the room and didn’t get killed). My dad did need to get new anchors and drill new holes into the wall though… And get me a new shelf because he didn’t want my books killing me in my sleep.

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            1. Totally! I had to put my dresser in my closet just so I can have space for a bookshelf. And then I got one of those Ikea Kallax ones that’s deep enough hold 2-3 rows of books because I only have space for one.

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              1. A good system. My closet isn’t big enough to just hide my furniture in (and as it stands I have a loft bed with the dresser under it). I have one of the really tall billy bookshelves from ikea, like four walk shelves and a smallish standing shelf from target that is half books half school supplies. Books are stacked pretty much everywhere… My mom once tried to ban me from buying more books but since I use my own money that didn’t last long…

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                1. My parents once tried to “ground” me by taking away my books and gave up not even halfway through haha. And I didn’t have nearly as many as I do now. When I move out, I’m pretty sure literally half of my stuff (at least) is going to be books.

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                  1. Same! And my parents tried that too! Like, my dad took away my books and kindle and told me to go play video games like a normal child. This was after my teacher called to ask why I was reading Twilight. My parents pretty much gave up.

                    Though once my mom got mad that I was staying up past my bedtime to read (I was like 7?) and locked my book in her room with her for the night and I woke her up at like 4 am to get it and she never did that again.

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                    1. That’s amazing! I used to hide in my closet with a flashlight so I could read all night when I was little. My mom almost called the cops the first time because they couldn’t find me haha.

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                    2. Oh I wouldn’t even be sneaky about it, id just wait til my parents went to sleep then just straight up turn on the lights and read til I passed out. Though I did once sleepwalk into my closet and fall asleep there…

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