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CLEVELAND – January 30, 2012 –  What was the first book sold in bookstores that was written on a computer? The Complete Antiques Price List by Ralph and Terry Kovel (pictured here).

Kovels' original price book - 1969













Amazing that antiques authors were the first to commercially produce a book using a computer.

How did it happen? A bright idea in 1967, 28,000 keypunch cards, and a few days of hand sorting cards alphabetically, and it was ready for the computer. Several hours of processing on a huge machine in a freezing cold room and the book was born. It went from start to manuscript to published book in less than a year—a good six months earlier than it could have been done by the usual (non-computer-aided) methods. The prices were up-to-date and authentic, no estimates.

The Kovels’ 100th book, Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2012, 44th edition, is still written from scratch each year—no estimates, just actual asked-for prices but the 40,000 prices are sorted on our computers in a matter of seconds AND there are 2,500 color pictures.

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Terry Kovel has written 100 books about collecting, including the best-selling annual price book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide. The 2012 guide is now available. Terry publishes a subscription newsletter and writes a syndicated newspaper column that appears in more than 100 newspapers and digital publications. She and Ralph starred in the weekly HGTV program, "Flea Market Finds with the Kovels." The Kovels website,, offers 800,000 free prices and other information for collectors, including books, special reports, a weekly emailed letter to collectors, marks and an archive of other informative material. Since Ralph's death in 2008, the Kovel brand has been continued by Terry Kovel and her daughter, Kim Kovel.

$27.95/paperback/ 722 pages/2500 color photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57912-883-8

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