in bold blue
are listed elsewhere in this glossary, alphabetically.
Additional information at the back of a book, sometimes laid
Copy or Advance Reader Copy (ARC)
Copy of a book sent out to reviewers in advance of public edition
release; sometimes not identical to actual edition.
Plastic binding containing particles of real leather. Technically
not misrepresented by the publisher, for very large values of “technically.”
Generally a limited edition of a poem or other short work printed
on a single sheet.
These terms have specific and precise meanings in the used-book
world, as follows:
New (sometimes As New)
In essentially perfect condition
An exceptionally well preserved copy showing little if any sign
of wear. The standard typically demanded by collectors.
Very closr to fine condition; perhaps slight shelfwear.
Although there may be some minor faults which will be enumerated,
the binding is sound and the contents are clean and well preserved.
May still be desirable to some collectors.
The average used copy with obvious signs of wear which will be
enumerated. Not collectable, but still a serviceable copy.
A below-average copy with major flaws which will be enumerated.
Often referred to as a "reading" copy.
A book with serious damage and flaws. Reputable booksellers generally
do not sell books in this condition.
Traditionally a catch-all euphemism for a poor copy, now only
refers to used second-hand books from institutional collections
All copies of a book printed (see printing)
from the same setting of type;
i.e., a revision of a book would be a new edition.
erratum, errata slip
List of mistakes noticed after the book was printed, usually
More than 13 inches tall.
Separate pages or items placed inside the book, loose (not bound
Between 8 and 10 inches tall.
Untanned animal hide used in bookbinding (usually pale, like
thin doggie-bone rawhide).
Copies of a work from the same press run or setting of type as
an earlier printing; when revisions are made, a subsequent printing
is considered to be a new edition.
Generally indicated by a row of numbers at the bottom of the copyright
Similar to an ARC;
a proof copy not included in the edition itself.
Between 10 and 13 inches tall.
Metal letters or digital document file used to print a book.
Untrimmed page edges.
Printed at the author's own expense; generally indicates that
reputable publishers were unwilling to print the work, for a variety
of possible reasons.
Untanned calfskin; a fine grade of parchment
used in bookbinding; pale and smooth, like thin rawhide.