KUALA LUMPUR – Old is definitely gold. Used-books still remain a preferred choice for Malaysians to enrich knowledge despite the variety of gadgets available in the market nowadays.
A Bernama survey came across ardent book collectors who choose to maintain the ‘manual’ lifestyle because for them, old books have very high sentimental value.
For Ahmad Tajuddin Abdullah, 25, who is pursuing his master’s degree in engineering at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), although the old books appeared shabby and brownish with scribbles here and there, the content remained relevant.
“Old books have a unique sentimental value. Besides their content, the distinct smell and the cover make it take on a classic appearance, and the price (morover) is cheaper than new books in the market,” the owner of 500 used-books told Bernama recently.
Ahmad Tajuddin who started collecting used-books since he was 19, prefers to read books, flipping through page after page rather than reading via modern devices.
“Imagine that the book has the authors signature, or a small note written by the previous reader (the owner), it makes the book even more valuable. If the previous owner was a well-known figure…it is exciting to have that book,” he said.
Muhamad Hafifi Mokhtar, 25, a master’s student from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), who also has immense love for used-books, said most books were purchased online.
Muhamad Hafifi, who has a collection of nearly 200 copies of used-books said he owned an “expensive” book titled ‘Atheism’ written by Indonesian author, Achdiat Karta Mihardja, printed in 1973 and bought for just RM10.
A used-book or second-hand book is a book which has been read and owned before by an owner, then sold to a bookseller or a new owner.
While a rare book is defined as one which is no longer re-printed, some define it as a book printed before 1900. – Bernama