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Theli
04-22-2013, 02:38 AM
I am relatively new to collecting books. I have a large enough collection of not so collectible books, but only recently have I really been going out of my way to track down signed, limited, or first edition copies. So here's my first question, if you have a first edition copy of a book and it doesn't say anything about which printing is it fair to assume it is the first printing? Some of my books say First ed. 1st printing, or first ed. 2nd printing etc., but some just say First Edition. If not how can I tell which printing it is?

The second question is, how the hell do you guys get advanced copies of books, other than buying them on the secondary market?

Any responses will be appreciated!

srboone
04-22-2013, 04:19 AM
I've won a few on Goodreads (and am trying, unsuccessfully so far, to win some on Librarything). CD offered a advance edition club for 2013 (they used to offer them periodically throughout the year, but this year decided to group it all together in one bunch--so I'm stuck for another year without that outlet :(). Some people review them for websites and get them form the publisher for that purpose. And, of course, there's the secondayr market. Someone else probably has more ideas...

As for the 1st edition printings, yes, but there are resources online that can help you with that question. For example, for stephen king books, I use http://skcollector.com/.

srboone
04-22-2013, 04:45 AM
Which book(s) are you having questions about?

Theli
04-22-2013, 05:44 AM
It was more just a general question. I picked up This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude Don't Touch It today and noticed it didn't say inside, so it occurred to me to ask.

Joe315
04-22-2013, 06:54 AM
I think it depends on the publisher. Usually there is a numberline where the lowest number represents the current printing. Example: 987654321. Sometimes a two digit year will follow, the lowest number being the year of the printing: 987654321 13 14 15 16

Some will just say first edition for the first printing and use a number line for later printings.

Tito_Villa
04-22-2013, 09:31 AM
Also make sure they have a price somewhere on the book/dustjacket to prove they aren't book club editions

Theli
04-22-2013, 05:24 PM
Damn I guess I have the second print. It has a section that has: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

So imagine the means second print.

bookworm 1
04-22-2013, 06:05 PM
Yep. Sounds like it. Don't worry for most of us we started out with little knowledge and learned as we have gone on. Sometimes you make bad mistakes with a purchase sometimes you really luck out.

Theli
04-23-2013, 03:52 AM
Yep, dems the breaks I suppose. It'll still be a good book, and it's not like it was expensive.

jhanic
04-23-2013, 06:44 PM
Damn I guess I have the second print. It has a section that has: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

So imagine the means second print.

Who was the publisher? Random House has started their number line with a "2"-King and Straub's Black House is an example.

John

Theli
04-24-2013, 05:56 AM
It's Thomas Dunne's Books, St. Martin's Press.

paperdragon
04-30-2013, 11:26 PM
Ok here are a couple of questions for you folks. I am not looking to buy this book but was curious about the 20th century ghosts book in this auction. The uneven cut to the pages as seen in one of the pics, and the double line of numbers on the copyright page with JTC/RRD between these numbers. What does that signify print wise

http://www.ebay.com/itm/20th-Century-Ghosts-1st-pr-HB-HORNS-Advance-Reading-Copy-ARC-galley-2x-Joe-Hill-/151014903179?pt=Antiquarian_Collectible&hash=item2329308d8b

jhanic
05-01-2013, 01:35 AM
The JTC/RRD may indicate the printer. I can't see the picture of the uneven pages of Ghosts, but that is possibly how the book was done. I don't have a copy of the book itself (all I have is an ARC). Some publishers do that.

John

Martin
05-01-2013, 03:52 AM
All the hardbound copies of 20th Century Ghosts that I have seen have the uneven trim. My copy also has the JTC/RRD on the copyright page. No idea what it means.

Joe315
05-01-2013, 05:13 AM
The rough cut is how some books are done, probably for aesthetic reasons. See here: http://www.vjbooks.com/What-is-a-rough-cut-book-binding-s/1073.htm

Not sure on the JTC/RRD code either.

Tito_Villa
05-01-2013, 12:52 PM
Yeah it's on all the books, called deckled pages i think

jester05jk
05-01-2013, 04:04 PM
I have it too, new purchase I just haven't gotten around to showing. Same deal with the pages, I like it.

Tommy
05-01-2013, 08:39 PM
A little deckle edge history
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deckle_edge

Theli
05-02-2013, 01:12 AM
I have a couple hard covers in my collection with deckled pages, always liked it. I'd love to get some limited edition numbered or lettered with deckled pages.

Martin
05-02-2013, 04:13 AM
While we are on the subject of deckled pages. NOS4A2 is also printed in this manner.

TJCams
05-02-2013, 07:09 PM
For me, I am not picky as far as editions go. I am still more of a reader than a collector. I do love the couple ARC I have received though! It's kind of neat to have the book with that mark on it.

As everyone has said, just keep trying on GoodReads, or if you find any publishers that have something like they have here, an early readers package of some kind.

Theli
05-02-2013, 07:18 PM
Already won a copy of a book on Good Reads, which is awesome cause I don't gotta pay but... most of the books they have listed are less than desirable. Like srboone had said in another thread, you gotta be careful which ones you sign up for, otherwise you're almost assured to have 14 year old girl as the protagonist.

slayn666
07-11-2014, 01:07 AM
More of a cataloging question than a collection question...

I recently picked up a paperback copy of Brian Hodge's Death Grip that has an inscription to "Mike." Typically, when entering things in LibraryThing, I'll either say "Inscribed (to me) by author" or "Inscribed (to NAME) by author" but my name also happens to be Michael. I'm tempted to just say it's inscribed to me, but there's a date under it of March 3, 1993, when I would have been twelve :).

This is going to affect literally no one, but how would you guys denote it in my place?

Joe315
07-11-2014, 01:45 AM
I would just say "Inscribed (to Mike)". If you are noting books signed to you as "Inscribed (to me)" then, for me, this would be enough of a distinction between the too inscription types.

Theli
07-12-2014, 07:25 PM
More of a cataloging question than a collection question...

I recently picked up a paperback copy of Brian Hodge's Death Grip that has an inscription to "Mike." Typically, when entering things in LibraryThing, I'll either say "Inscribed (to me) by author" or "Inscribed (to NAME) by author" but my name also happens to be Michael. I'm tempted to just say it's inscribed to me, but there's a date under it of March 3, 1993, when I would have been twelve :).

This is going to affect literally no one, but how would you guys denote it in my place?
It was fate that this book would end up in your collection. It really was inscribed to your 12 year old self ;)

Chadkp
07-21-2014, 03:04 AM
Im just curious about DJ protection, I was going to look into the mylar covers ive seen people use to protect their DJ. Are they hard to apply and remove and stuff and are they worth it? I have several signed LE books coming my way and I also have some that id like to protect as well. Any info and tips on book protection are welcome :)

Joe315
07-21-2014, 05:07 AM
Mylar covers are easy to use and definitely worth it. I use brodart covers but there are other brands out there.