Book Collecting for Accelerated Learners
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Book Collecting for Accelerated Learners

Learn how to build your first collection, how to buy rare books and how to connect with your favorite authors.
4.5 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
673 students enrolled
Created by Timothy Kenny
Last updated 10/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Buy rare books both online and offline
  • Develop ideas for your first collection
  • Connect with authors for autographs, conversations and more
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  • An interest in books
  • A willingness to learn about the history of publishing

For some people, reading is just another thing they have to do to get what they want.

They need skills and want to keep up to date, so they read.

They want to be entertained and enjoy a good story, so they read.

But for some of you, reading is more than that.

It's the history of the modern economy.

It's a way of life.

It's one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your time.

Some of your most important relationships are with your favorite authors, through their printed word.

Today, books are commoditized.

Whether in print or on your Kindle, books are bought and sold without much deep thought about what they contain and where they belong in the larger cultural conversation.

If you've taken my speed reading or research courses, you know that one of the most critical mistakes to avoid is judging a book, a course, or anything else by it's price tag. Price and value are not the same thing.

When collecting books this matters even more.

Books that mean something to enough people can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Bill Gates recently set the record for the highest price paid at auction for a book, when he paid over 30 million dollars for the pages of one of DaVinci's notebooks.

In this course, you'll learn everything you need to know to get started in the world of book collecting.

It starts with deciding what you want to collect.

There are lots of different ways to collect books, and there are lots of different types of collectors.

You'll learn how to decide on you first collection, and then how to go about finding the right books.

You'll also learn where to buy books, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of each method.

If it sounds like book collecting is a mostly solitary affair, be assured it is not.

Book collectors are people who love books, who love ideas, who love history and their collections reflect these values.

In the final section of the book, you'll learn how to connect with authors.

Whether you just want an autograph, or you want to know how to strike up a conversation at a public reading or signing, you'll learn how here.

Welcome to the world of book collecting,


Who is the target audience?
  • Entrepreneurs who want to build their first book collections
  • Accelerated learners who want to try a new hobby that will connect them with others who value books
  • Students who want to connect with their favorite authors
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
What to Collect
6 Lectures 01:12:12

The Story of Your Life and Education Pt 2

Ideas for Collections Pt 1

Ideas for Collections Pt 2

Funding Your Collection (Scope)

Developing Your Want List
Guide to Buying and Storing Rare Books
6 Lectures 29:44

Buying Books Online

Buying Books Offline

Book Dealers

Authors and Publishers

How to Store Your Books
Guide to Connecting with Authors, Getting Autographs and More
5 Lectures 42:21

How to Contact Your Authors

How to Connect at a Public Appearance

How to Develop Your Relationship with Your Author

What to Ask for and How to Ask for It
1 Lecture 07:34
2 Lectures 11:56
Bonus - Other Types of Collecting and Ephemera

Bonus - The Investment Game
About the Instructor
Timothy Kenny
4.3 Average rating
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37,094 Students
60 Courses
Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"

Timothy Kenny is the author of “Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs.” He teaches classes and speaks to groups about how to accelerate their learning so that they can build successful businesses faster and with more confidence in their success.

Timothy has taught at the Harvard Innovation lab, The Tufts University Entrepreneurs Society, General Assembly in Boston, and has been a featured teacher on Skillshare, among others. He has consulted with startup teams on how to accelerate their learning, creativity, and growth.