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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!