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Sixty Inches from Center

Something to Look Forward to (2023)

Something to Look Forward to (2023)

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Depending on what state you are ordering from (not Illinois / California), our website should allow you to checkout without tax. If this is not the case, please just reach out to us: studio[at], and we will provide you with a tax-free invoice for your order. Thank you for this accommodation.

Caring for Books

Books made by hand are generally going to be more resilient than books made by machine, but in either case: the nicer you are to them, the longer they'll last in the condition you bought them in.

Depending on your location, the moisture of that environment may cause slight curling in the board and papers. If so, the materials are adjusting to your environment, and if you left the journal under weight in that environment for 24-48 hours, that issue should resolve itself. This acclimation process is something many libraries conduct when getting new books for their shelves.

Did you scuff or mark your book cover? Don't put soap or water on it! Get a rubber cement pick up and gently rub the mark off of the area. You may not be able to get all of it, but, most of the time, it gets the job done!

Shipping & Returns


We take great care in the packing of our orders and offer UPS and USPS shipping options. UPS will usually go out in 1-2 days. USPS orders will go out the next Friday.


If extreme circumstances cause the order to be damaged along its way to you, we can offer a discount for the inconvenience, but we are often unable to offer total refunds or replacements due to the handmade nature of our products.

Full refunds will be exclusively given to customers who can provide photographs that show that the product received does not correspond to the order made, and they can keep the original product sent to them.


All purchases of used, handmade, rare, vintage, obscure and out of print books are FINAL SALE items. 

There are no refunds or exchanges for final sale items.

Keep in mind when you purchase books that are considered rare, used, vintage, obscure, and out of print, these books have been loved by other readers before you. You may find signs of wear like tears, scratches, and/or tape inside the book or on the dust jacket (if applicable). 

You may find personal dedications, names and dates of previous owners, library stamps (for books that circulated in libraries and were later acquired via library booksales), barcodes, original price stickers or erased pricing from prior resale. You will also often find annotations in these books, a sign that previous owner(s) were engaged in deep reading and/or research where notes and observations are left in the margins, underlined or circled with pen or pencil. 

We leave this evidence of previous owners in our books to encourage new owners to engage deeply with the book content as well as the previous owners through their thoughts and observations of the books you now own.

Speculation Glossary

If you are new to book collecting, you might notice phrases like ‘first edition’, ‘near new’ or ‘library copy’ in the descriptions for the books. Below is a short but sweet glossary of what these phrases mean to help you better understand what to look for when collecting previously owned, rare, vintage, obscure and out of print books:

Like New/Mint: A perfect copy, as if it just came up out the shrinkwrap.

Near fine: Not as pristine as a perfect copy, but very close. Usually no/or few markings, tears, or other signs of wear.

Signed: A manuscript signed by the author, usually found on the first two pages of a book and often addressed to the previous book owner

Dust Jacket: The decorative paper placed around hardcover books to protect the binding

Library copy/ex-library: A book that was previously owned and circulated by a library. Usually have card pockets, catalog numbers and barcodes.

First edition/first ed: The first appearance of a work in book form in its first printing and often highly coveted by collectors.

First trade edition: The first appearance of a work in book form for general commercial sale

Mass market paperback: Think your mom’s romance novels or your favorite sci fi novels, the most common of books found in homes. Mass market paperbacks are usuall about 4x7 inches

Out of print: The work is no longer being printed and as such there are only so many copies of the book available.

Paperback: A book with paper covers

Rare: Hard-to-impossible to find with limited copies available of the work.

Obscure: Works that are not well known and/or under-read. Sometimes these books are self published or overlooked in an author’s larger body of work. Very often treasure troves of information!


Please keep in mind that Speculation Bookshop does not function like a standard antiquarian or rare book dealer, which is to say, these books are priced affordably for beginning book collectors of color. If you are a book dealer interested in one of these books, please contact Oriana directly at as the prices marked on the shop are not available to professional dealers. Yes, I can check your information via Shopify and will send your money back if you try to purchase our inventory as a book dealer without first contacting me.

Something to look forward to is a 6-issue zine subscription collaboration between Sixty Inches From Center and publisher For the Birds Trapped in Airports. 

It was created in 2021 for lovers of artist books and zines as our way to send gifts to the mailboxes of you and yours during cold winter months. These gifts are for everyone, so we're offering subscriptions at a sliding scale with multiple options–so you can support Sixty at whatever level you can. Get one for someone you love, then be sure to subscribe for yourself. 

In this year's iteration, Sixty's editors offer an anthology that includes interviews, poems, prose, images, testimonials, experimental writings, and open letters on land + ecology, art + horror, liberation + care, Midwest life + aesthetics, and more. Through a selection of articles from the past seven years, each issue revisits beloved and memorable conversations of the recent past and connects them to conversations being had today.

The project features Sixty writers, photographers, and illustrators, as well as artists across our communities, with contributions from Carris Adams, Emily Breidenbach, Amanda Dee, Ally Fouts, Morgan Green, Ryan Griffis, Jessica Hammie, Kyra Horton, Imani Joseph, carrie kaufman, Kristie Khans, Analú M. López, Abena Motaboli, Hương Ngo, Rise, Amina Ross, Chaz Shermil Hodges, Tesh Silver, Maya Simkin, Livy Snyder, Persephone Van Ort, and more.

The series is co-edited by Chenoa Baker, Ireashia M. Bennett, Tempestt Hazel, Nadia John, S. Nicole Lane, Annette LePique, Christina Nafziger, and Riley Yaxley. The writing and photography of the project editors are also included in some issues. 
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