Book collecting is not what the majority of people believe it is. If you buy books from time to time, read them, and put them on the shelf, it is called a personal collection. However, it is not what a real collection is in the first place. The difference is in detail.
If you collect books or other printed materials, you usually have an underlying goal. As a collector, you do not buy everything striking your eye; instead, you have a list of criteria that define the items suitable for your book collection. In other words, there is a very narrow and clear aim that you pursue and try to fulfill. That is how you can tell buying and collecting apart.
Below are four tips that will help emerging collectors start collecting books without much fuss.