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Best Record Books 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Billy JacobsHi there, I’m Billy Jacobs. Let’s discuss this topic to help you select best record books for 2018 and take your experience to a whole new level with aerators.

My main objective is to write article on these subject so that buyers like you can have the best assistance and education in making that next purchase. So, you will find reviews on some models of record books that impressed me (and a good many other people), and you will find a few informational pages as well.

Best Record Books of 2018

So this is not only going to give you an insight to the best record books of the 2018 but also those which are user friendly and easy to work with. You must have heard that the best record books should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one. Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon. I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency).

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Design
5 points
4 points
5 points
Size
4 points
5 points
4 points
Performance
5 points
4 points
4 points
Price
5 points
5 points
4 points
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№1 – BookFactory Burgundy Record Book / Record Notebook – 96 Pages

 
BookFactory Burgundy Record Book / Record Notebook - 96 Pages

Pros
Hardbound book with durably coated, burgundy imitation leather cover and stamped with “RECORD BOOK”
Smyth sewn — book lies flat when open
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, archival quality, acid-free paper in 1/4″ (6 mm) scientific ruled format
Cons
I didn’t notice a single drawback yet
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this record books win the first place?

I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!

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Design
5

5star

Size
4

4star

Performance
5

5star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№2 – DIY Indispensables US Military Log Record Books

 
DIY Indispensables US Military Log Record Books

Pros
STURDY – Sewn case binding plus rugged hard cover means years of reliable records retention.
DURABLE – Field proven for decades by men and women of U.S. Armed Forces worldwide.
STYLISH – Timeless light green retro design.
Cons
A bit bulky.
Insufficient storage capacity.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this record books come in second place?

The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.

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Design
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Performance
4

4star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Boorum & Pease 96304 Record/Account Book

 
Boorum & Pease 96304 Record/Account Book

Pros
7-1/2 x 5
Black/Red Cover, White Paper
Record Ruled
Cons
Not the most affordable on the market.
Still fairly pricey.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this record books take third place?

It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.

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Design
5

5star

Size
4

4star

Performance
4

4star

Price
4

4star

 

 

Record Books Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy record books, right? No!

Record Store Day

Gilles Peterson’s guide to record buying, bullies and beating the competition

Ahead of this year’s Record Store Day, the broadcaster and vinyl obsessive on how to be crafty when crate digging – and what to do when you’re new to the game

Condition

Jacket- things to look for are ring wear- when the jacket starts to visibly wear around the vinyl inside, mold- usually from being stored in a damp basement for years, seam splits- when the seams, uh, split, and general wear and tear including anything from water damage to writing (usually the original owner’s name). The good news, for the beginning collector, is that a record with clean vinyl and a damaged jacket will often sell for much less than an all around very good to near mint record. Which brings us to…

Grading- if you start buying records you will start to encounter grading. This can be especially important if you are buying online. Since you can’t inspect the record in person, and condition is critical in determining what you will pay for a record, you will have to rely on trusted sellers that adhere to standardized grading. Most sellers follow the Goldmine grading standards which you can find here. In general I would recommend only buying records with a VG+ or better grade for the vinyl and then relying on the pictures and description for the jacket. Still, always assume what you are buying is probably a grade lower than what is listed. VG+ means the vinyl looks and plays well. Not like new but pretty close.

Also, it is important to make sure you are comparing apples to apples in terms of pressing and condition. So on to pressings…

Pressings

You will spend years collecting vinyl and still have trouble determining a true “first” press. But over time you will build a sense for pressings. If the album is originally from the 60s then the original vinyl was pretty thick, the record label looks nicely dated, might even have a street address, the jacket is thicker cardboard (unless UK/Europe then it will be really thin and glossy), the sleeve will show albums from the same time period (if the sleeve has stuff from the 70s then chances are it’s a re-press from the 70s). If it is mono then it is almost always an original or early pressing. Mono wasn’t regularly pressed except for AM radio after 196or so. One really simple rule of thumb is- vintage pressings (pre late 70s) will NEVER have a bar code on the jacket. 

Earlier pressings are generally more valuable for a few reasons. They sound better, they “feel” better (the heavy vinyl, etc) and they often have details to the artwork that later pressings dropped for reasons of expense, etc. For instance, the original pressings of Neil Young’s “Harvest” and “Tonight’s The Night” albums have jackets that are soft and almost furry and have a big inside lyric sheet (as do many of his original vinyl releases). Later pressings are shiny and don’t always have that big lyric sheet. When you compare those two records, visually and sonically, you can really appreciate the original and that’s why it costs more. The further you get from the source, generally speaking, the less authentic the experience. 

Highest library

The world’s highest library is located on the 60th floor of the JW Marriott Hotel at Tomorrow Square in Shanghai, China, at 230.m (75ft in) above street level.

Membership is available to the public, and the 10shelves in the library contain an ever-expanding collection of Chinese and English books.

Radiation Records

This gidden jewel is located in one of the most up-and-coming areas in the city of Rome called Pigneto. Opened in 1996, a music lover and an avid collector who is always on the lookout for new LPs, operates this joint. They carry a vast collection of punk, metal, hip-hop, soul, garage, ska, jazz, lanyard soundtracks and much more. Alongside the LP collection they also boast a great selection of CDs, gadgets, books and t-shirts. They are opening their sister store on December 10th in Via Del Boschetto 94, in Monti. shop.radiationrecords.net

Hellnation

Hellnation features psychedelic, progressive, jazz and fusion plus much more. This is a store that is definitely worth checking out for all lovers of LPs as it’s become a reference point for the subculture movements in Rome over the years.  Via Nomentana, 113

Hocus Pocus Record Store Roma

This spot caters to all budgets and tastes; the prices vary, as does the collection that they carry.  They have a great range of movie soundtracks along with interesting Italian music. You can hit the basement for bargains if you’re feeling thrifty.. hocuspocusroma.it

Goody Music

This is a store for the DJs of Rome. Here you’ll find all the equipment you need, alongside turntables, stereos, and sound boards. They also have a collection of vinyls for sale. Their section is small so it won’t take much time to browse, but they have great stuff in mint condition. Worth the go for the real vinyl enthusiast.  Via Flaminia, 2goodymusic.it

Soul Food Records

You’ll discover various rare treasures in this little store. The prices might not be cheap but they have many exceptional finds, so if you are looking for something really special you might just come across it here.  Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 192/194

Android

When it comes to Android tablets, you have no shortage of options — both in terms of hardware and software.

You also have a plethora of hardware options, too — from the aforementioned Fire tablets to Samsung’s wide-ranging offerings to the Asus ZenPad series, to name just a few.

Windows 10

Windows 10, the newest version of Windows, builds upon the foundation Microsoft laid in Windows and 8.The new OS is easier to use on traditional PCs than Windows was, and it makes using Windows on a tablet much more seamless than before. Windows offers several concessions to tablet users, such as large, touch-friendly window controls and buttons, a Tablet Mode (which expands the Start menu to fill the whole screen) and various touch-screen gestures.

Windows remains heavily oriented around the keyboard and mouse, though, so some apps and features may be awkward to use via a touch screen. It makes sense, then, that many Windows tablets are of the convertible kind.

For Gaming

What about Windows-based convertible tablets? Since these devices run full-fledged Windows, you can play a good many PC games on them. They won’t keep up with high-end gaming rigs, but many are more than suitable for more casual PC gaming.

Processors

Android tablets pack processors from a variety of manufacturers. Samsung’s Exynos chips and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are the most common: Look for the Snapdragon 800 series and Exynos processors for better performance. Nvidia’s Tegra processors are found on Nvidia tablets, and you’ll find some Android machines with Rockchip CPUs.

On the Windows front, you’ll find mainly Intel processors, including the Core m3, iand iprocessors. Tablets based on Intel Core processors tend to be higher-end devices, and will generally cost you more. Lower-cost Windows tablets and convertibles often use Intel Atom processors.

Rega RP-1

2) Features – Today’s turntables offer a wide-variety of features in addition to simply playing the record. Knowing how you’ll be using your turntable and which features are most important will help you narrow down your search.

USB vs. Non-USB: One of the newest features to gain popularity among turntable manufacturers is the addition of a built-in USB port. The USB port allows you to transfer music from your records to your computer where you can then convert it to mpformat. For people looking to digitize large vinyl collections, specifically old or rare albums not available on mp3, having a USB port may be a priority. A word of caution, however. USB turntables tend to have a poor reputation among audiophiles who assert, often rightly so, that the costs of adding the USB port are often made up for by using lower quality components on the rest of the table. Do your research and listen to as many models as possible to ensure you’re not getting a high-tech dud.

Manual vs. Automatic: As mentioned previously, most higher-end tables utilize a manual cueing system, meaning you (the listener) must physically lift the arm and lower it onto the record and lift it back off as it reaches the end of the side. While this is slightly intimidating for beginners who worry about scratching the vinyl, it really is nothing cosmic and becomes second nature after a few attempts. However, if you’re the type of person that just wants to hit a button and let the turntable do the rest, then an automatic turntable may be for you.

The Centre For Better Grooves

Now, if record collecting can be described as a religion, then this shop just might be one of its high chapels to the faith, such is the calm, loving air of curation that pervades it. Gordon Montgomery is the man who founded the Fopp chain after a distinguished career at HMV and Virgin Megastores. Now, he’s keeping it simple. “There’s one landlord, one member of staff and no petty cash thieves,” he tells me and, although he admits he’d like to own the world’s biggest record shop, it’s clear this elegant and beautifully presented space is serving him and the customers well.

Rise rise-music.co.uk

Next, we climb up the long and winding Park Row, past the city’s Museum & Art Gallery and stunning Wills Memorial Building towards Clifton. This branch of the regional chain of three independents is a Bristol institution and well worth a visit, with a very strong selection of new vinyl and a small selection of second-hand records.

It’s clear this place is gearing up for this year’s Record Store Day, and prices are better than I expected. There are some great deals and I pick up a copy of Blondie’s Plastic Letters, the last missing LP from Debbie Harry and company in my collection, for just £The store has a nice cafe and hosts a decent range of events and in-store performances, and there’s a wider stock of CDs, books and DVDs – which I know is off-topic, but I find myself drawn to as well. Time for a quick pit-stop in the café, before heading on…

Payback Records

Next, a quick stride down Park Street, to the city centre and St Nicholas Market. Payback, which started in 1998, earns its reputation as a reggae specialist, but I find plenty of other good stuff, too. Like other retailers I’ve spoken to, I’m told it’s people my age who are contributing the most to this vinyl boom. “If I put a decent Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin disc out now, it will be gone in a morning,” says owner Paul Craine. “It didn’t used to be like that.” He also thinks it’s getting harder to source really interesting stock. “It can be that shops are seen as the places people bring stuff they can’t shift online,” he says.

There’s little evidence of that, though, in his racks and my prize find is a great boxset of The Dance Decade 1973-198from the Street Sounds label. At £40, it’s something I have hoped to find for a while – with Hues Corporation, Freeez and Sugarhill Gang tracks amongst many others on an epic 2sides of vinyl, it’s a party in a box. Payback also accepts Bristol Pounds – a local barter scheme that speaks volumes about the city’s sense of community. Everyone is so friendly! It seems light years from London.

Pros and cons of direct drive

Generally speaking, direct drive turntables offer the user more stability and consistency when it comes to rotation speed, this stability can be attributed to the constant torque the direct drive creates. The additional torque generally means faster start up times, less sound distortion, and a platter that is less susceptible and vulnerable to any outside forces negatively affecting it. Most DJs are akin to these direct drive turntables because only direct drive motors allow for the platter to spin backwards on command, which is how a lot of desired sounds and special effects are created.

One major con of the direct drive is that the motor itself inherently generates unwanted vibrations, and being that the motor is connected directly to the platter, sometimes the platter is affected by these vibrations. This issue can often be assuaged though by adding shock absorbers inside, in between the motor and the platter.

Pros and cons of belt drive

Although overall sound quality of the belt drive might be better, the belt drive suffers from a lack of torque, causing potential problems with accurate playback speeds. Also, the belt itself will eventually get worn out and will have to be replaced every couple of years.

Instead, let this act as a stepping stone to get you going in the direction you want. We here at TheBestturntable not only implore you to further your research on everything turntables, but to get out there and see and hear these products for yourself! Everybody is different, and nothing can substitute seeing and hearing these wonderful machines firsthand!

First Edition

Aphra: the feminist literary magazine: volume 3, no. 4, Fall 1972: Free women, t… by Fisher, Elizabeth, editor, Margaret Atwood, Gerry Sachs, Dorothy…

New York : Aphra , 197offered by Bolerium Books

A Word of Caution! 

Giving a book to a person who’s enthusiastic about a particular subject or author has its pitfalls: the person may already have the book you are thinking about giving, or may have rejected it for some reason. The more you know about the recipient’s tastes and collection-thus-far the better.

The Edible Woman  (First Edition) by Margaret Atwood

But say the person loves

Haruki Murakami, the modern Japanese author often spoken of as a future contender for the Nobel Prize.  It’s easy to find inexpensive copies of almost all of Murakami’s works, but maybe a signed edition of one of his novels would make a great gift. Putting Haruki Murakami in the Author field of the ABAA search and checking the “Signed” box under “Show Only” yields over two dozen results (at the time of writing). You can make sure you haven’t missed any by doing a couple variations on this search – not checking the “Signed” box but putting signed or inscribed or autographed in the Keywords – these might lead to additional results. 

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Signed) by Haruki Murakami

ABAA Code of Ethics

One way that the ABAA distinguishes itself when it comes to signed items is that all ABAA members are bound to a strict code of ethics and standard of business practice; all ABAA members’ items come with an implicit guarantee of authenticity, so that buyers can be confident that signed items bought from ABAA members are not phonies. My personal experience is that online auction platforms, and other used book websites that list items from multiple vendors, are peddling thousands of items with fraudulent signatures and forged inscriptions, and no serious attempt is made to police these hucksters, even those who have long track records of offering bogus material.

Just yesterday, someone came into our shop and offered us a first edition of Jack London’s White Fang signed by London on the title page. The person had bought it on one of those online auction sites, and the seller had provided a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) with it. The COA looked like a college diploma, with a gold seal, and was signed by some guy in Los Angeles who claimed to have been in the book business for thirty years, yada-yada-yada.  Googling him and his business led to zilch: he didn’t exist. The signature was done in ball point pen ( invented decades after

London died). It was so clearly a fake, it wouldn’t have deceived a ten year old. 

A rule of thumb: if it comes with a COA, that’s reason alone not to trust it. If I, as an ABAA dealer, tried to sell this London as a signed copy, I’d be tossed out of the organization. (I bought it from the fellow, just to have an example around of the kind of trouble people can get into if they don’t deal with a trustworthy vendor.)

Using ABAA.org for Research

Nothing beats going into a bookshop and asking a knowledgeable clerk for recommendations. The better the clerk the more intuitive and informed his/her questions will be that will guide you to a great gift. But here, too, the ABAA’s website can serve as a viable substitute. Say your husband is interested in calligraphy. There are three ways the ABAA website can help you find a book for him:

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Record Books wisely! Good luck!

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