If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(New York Daily News)   First book printed in the United States sells for $14.2 million at auction. Nervous seller admits to having sweaty psalms   (nydailynews.com) divider line 15
    More: Followup, Bay Psalm Book, United States, completeness, auctions, settlers, book printed  
•       •       •

893 clicks; posted to Business » on 29 Nov 2013 at 10:54 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



15 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2013-11-29 11:16:58 AM  
See that, Kindle users?

That's why I like books.  They're real.  And some appreciate in value.  I have a few that are signed by their authors, and worth many hundreds or thousands of dollars.  I still haven't figured out how to get an author to autograph my Kindle book.
 
2013-11-29 11:18:46 AM  
Not to mention, books last a long, long time.  We won't be seeing a usable Kindle being sold for 14 million dollars in a few hundred years.
 
2013-11-29 11:29:02 AM  

Mad Scientist: Not to mention, books last a long, long time.  We won't be seeing a usable Kindle being sold for 14 million dollars in a few hundred years.


You won't be seeing anything in a few hundred years 'cause you'll be dead.
 
2013-11-29 12:02:02 PM  
Nicely done, subby.
 
2013-11-29 12:31:06 PM  
If there's acid in your book's paper (like every mass-produced book until a few years ago) you won't be seeing that book in a hundred years either.
 
2013-11-29 12:43:02 PM  
books are great.  books are cool.  books being printed up these days on dead trees are mostly pointless except for cheap paperbacks.  there was a time that a book collection was something to be proud of.  having a personal library was an accomplishment.  now, much like with records and cd's, physical books are little more than huge space wasters.

and yes, spending 142 million bucks for the first book printed in the US is goddamned ridiculous.  The only person you can sell it to is another fool that thinks it is worth that much money, and not only that, but the contents of this particular book are not even RARE.

Just because something is old and rare doesn't make it valuable.  This is a PRIME example of something that really has no reason to be worth anything at all.
 
2013-11-29 02:35:28 PM  
I call bs....Americans  don't read

/booklearnin lady .jpg
 
2013-11-29 04:18:37 PM  
It was so expensive because Jesus wrote little notes in the margins.
 
2013-11-29 06:04:58 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
What a book expert looks like.
 
2013-11-29 06:57:45 PM  
I bet I could impress a lot of women if I owned the first book ever printed in America.
 
2013-11-29 07:05:52 PM  

skinink: I bet I could impress a lot of women if I owned the first book ever printed in America.


You could probably impress many more women with $14 million dollars, and/or by having enough judgment not to spend $14 million on an old book, depending on how classy the chicks are.
 
2013-11-29 09:03:03 PM  
subby tried too hard
 
2013-11-30 05:32:32 AM  
I have psalm calm on my balm.
 
2013-11-30 07:42:43 AM  

frepnog: books are great.  books are cool.  books being printed up these days on dead trees are mostly pointless except for cheap paperbacks.  there was a time that a book collection was something to be proud of.  having a personal library was an accomplishment.  now, much like with records and cd's, physical books are little more than huge space wasters.

and yes, spending 142 million bucks for the first book printed in the US is goddamned ridiculous.  The only person you can sell it to is another fool that thinks it is worth that much money, and not only that, but the contents of this particular book are not even RARE.

Just because something is old and rare doesn't make it valuable.  This is a PRIME example of something that really has no reason to be worth anything at all.


Old, and rare items are often valuable. Desirability is also a factor. See; automobiles, baseball cards, religious texts...
 
2013-11-30 07:58:23 AM  
First book printed in the United States, printed in 1640.

United States founded in 1776.


Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
 
Displayed 15 of 15 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report