Discover Literary Treasures on World Book Day

Thursday 7th March 2024 - Cara Bentham


Discover Literary Treasures on World Book Day

Celebrate World Book Day by discovering literary treasures at our online auctions! From rare classics to beloved modern tales, find the perfect addition to your collection.

It’s World Book Day on March 7th, and if you're a book lover then what better excuse to indulge in some new literary gems for your collection? Whether you're an avid reader, a book collector, or simply looking for a unique gift for the book lover in your life, online auctions offer an exciting opportunity to explore a world of literary treasures.

What is World Book Day?

World Book Day isn't just a UK thing - it's a big deal worldwide! UNESCO kicked it off back in 1995 to spread the joy of reading far and wide. Fast forward to 1997, and the UK and Ireland decided to join the fun, all in the hope of encouraging young readers to become hooked on books! In the UK, World Book Day is celebrated each year on the first Thursday in March, and it's a time to celebrate the power of storytelling and the magic of books. As the world becomes more digital, encouraging people of all ages to ditch the tech and explore the joy of reading has never been more important.

Why Shop Online Auctions for Books?

Auctions are a great place to find books! Not just First Editions or dusty relics, but bargain bundles too. Perhaps you're looking for a much loved childhood story to share with your own children. Whatever your motiviation, auctions are a great place to shop for second-hand books. Here’s why:

  • Unrivalled Selection: From classic literature to contemporary bestsellers, our online auctions feature a diverse range of books spanning many genres, authors, and eras. In fact, at the time of writing, we have over 1200 lots related to the search term "Books" in upcoming auctions on our website! Whether you're searching for a rare edition of your favourite novel or exploring new literary territories, you're sure to find something that grabs your interest.

  • Rare and Collectible Finds: Online auctions are a treasure trove for book enthusiasts seeking rare and collectable editions. Imagine owning a first edition of a beloved classic or a signed copy of a modern masterpiece. With our platform, you can bid on unique finds you won't get elsewhere.

  • Affordable Prices: Contrary to popular belief, shopping at auctions doesn't always mean breaking the bank. Many online auctions offer books at competitive prices, allowing you to buy coveted titles without going over budget. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a casual reader, there's something for everyone at a price that suits you.

  • Convenience and Accessibility: One of the biggest advantages of online auctions is the convenience they offer. You can browse and bid on items from the comfort of your own home at any time that suits you. If you're not around at the time of the auction, you can leave an "Autobid" and let our bidding tool do the hard work for you. With our user-friendly platform, participating in auctions is as easy as a few clicks of a button.

  • Expertise and Trust: Our platform collaborates with reputable auction houses known for their expertise and integrity in the industry. When you shop with us, you can trust that experts authenticate and verify each item, ensuring that you're investing in genuine items. 

Top Picks from Our Upcoming Auctions

With so many books in our upcoming auctions, you're spoiled for choice! Here are a few of our top picks:

  1. The Christmas Carol: This famous book by Charles Dickens has been loved by generations of readers. This hardback version is a facsimile reproduction of the author’s original manuscript, dated 1890. It goes up for sale on March 20th at Eastbourne Auctions with an estimate of £150 - £300.
  2. The Spy Who Loved Me: Before the movie, hundreds of thousands of readers read and loved this story. This 1962 first-edition copy of Ian Fleming's famous tale comes with an original dust jacket. It goes up for sale on March 13th at Ashley Waller Ltd with an estimate of £100 - £150. 

  3. Harry Potter: Harry Potter's adventures in the wizarding world have been read and loved by millions. This Harry Potter Deluxe edition book set includes the first five volumes in coloured fabric, encased within a blue box, with first editions of Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows, which are both still wrapped and unread. It goes up for sale on March 23rd at Stamford Auction Rooms with an estimate of £400 - £600.  

  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: This famous story by Roald Dahl has been read by children for decades. This first edition copy, dated 1967, goes up for sale on March 12th at Lawrences Auctioneers Ltd with an estimate of £150 - £250. 

  5.  Term at Malory Towers: You might need to be a bit older to remember this one, but it was very popular in its day! This first edition copy of Enid Blyton's book is dated 1946 and comes with a dust cover. It goes up for sale on March 9th at P.F. Windibank with an estimate of £100 - £150. 

Celebrate World Book Day with Us!

This World Book Day, immerse yourself in the world of literature and embark on a literary adventure with our online auctions. From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, there's no shortage of literary delights waiting to be discovered. Join us in celebrating the joy of reading and the magic of books as we celebrate the written word on this special day. Happy World Book Day, and happy bidding!