The BookScans Reference Library


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Collecting Vintage Paperbacks

Book Collecting (General)

The Pulps

Authors and Artists



Science Fiction





Other Fun Stuff


More from Bob Gaines' Library





The BookScans Reference Library contains more than a thousand books, magazines and other publications that range from important need-to-know information for serious collectors to things that are just plain fun.

To browse the library by COVER, click one of the various sections in the column at the left.

To browse the library using an interactive list of TITLES, click HERE.

To browse the library using and interactive list sorted by SECTION, click HERE.

"Collecting Vintage Paperbacks" contains price guides, histories of paperback publishers, bibliographies, fanzines, and much more.

"Book Collecting (General)" contains works about identification of first editions and key issues, price guides, lists, and many, many other books about one of the world's most addictive hobbies.

"The Pulps" contains price guides, histories, bibliographies and anthologies about early pulp magazines.

"Authors and Artists" contains biographies and compilations of works by famous authors & artists.

The Mystery, Westerns, Action/Adventure, Romance and Science Fiction folders contain books, magazines and fanzines pertaining to those genres. Mystery also includes books about hardboiled and JD fiction (juvenile delinquency).

"Adult" contains reference books about sleaze.

"Other Fun Stuff" contains such things as post cards, trading cards, humor, catalogs, and other ... um ... stuff.

"More from Bob Gaines' Library" contains yet ANOTHER 250+ images of books from Bob's vast collection of reference books.


Many thanks to Bob Gaines, Fred Meyerriecks, Tom Daniels and other contributors who have shared scans and information from their reference libraries.


Please Note:

 In the various SECTION pages, click the NAME of the link to read a short description of the book.

Clicking a picture on an index page will allow you to view the full-size image.













The Reference Section was updated in February 2010