The former used bookstore employee in me and the current book collector in me are screaming right now. At work, today, I was revising recently rebound monographs to be sent back to the stacks. As I was about to add a barcode to one, I came across a page that stated the book was a part of a limited printing. Feeling queasy, I went over to addall.com and priced the book out. Had we not rebound it, the book would have been worth around $500, even in its damaged state.
Despite my general unease, I had to press on. With each stamp, due date form, and barcode I added, the value of the book decreased. Catholic University went from owning a rare book about books, to owning something that now is equivalent in value to a doorstop.
It may be an over reaction, but I feel a little ill.