"What is 'OOP'?" I asked myself recently when looking at books on Amazon. "Wasn't that a hip hop song back in the '90s?"
Oh wait...never mind...that was "O.P.P." (LOL!)
OOP stands for "out of print" but perhaps it should be OOP$. When a book goes out of print, it often becomes more difficult to find and increases in value.
Two of my self-published Blurb books will soon be much more difficult to find. They will go out of print by the end of 2014.
"Collecting New York Beauty Quilts", the exhibition catalogue from last year's event at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, will be OOP as soon as my Quiltmania New York Beauty book is released. It will be some time in the next few months, so fair warning! I did the same thing with my "Beauty Secrets" catalogue from 2011. It went OOP as soon as the San Jose catalogue was released. Very few of these catalogues are in circulation, and although I can't foresee what value they may have in the future, I can say they will be extremely difficult to find.
The other catalogue going out of print is "Changing the World: Quilts from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative" from my 2012 exhibit at the Anne Amie Vineyards in Oregon. When the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) reached its goal of raising a million dollars and was discontinued, I stopped collecting these quilts. Originally the goal was to have a large collection of the quilts, but that goal changed with AAQI's plans to cease operations. The collection has approximately 30 quilts, and may be exhibited in small venues in the future.
The last time one of my catalogues went OOP, people came looking for copies later, and sadly they were out of luck. So, as a courtesy I thought I would announce it here. Self-published books are kind of a new animal, so it would be difficult to predict whether or not they will be a collectible genre in the future. However, knowing how people are about quilt books, I think these books will be collectible. To visit my Blurb bookstore, click here.