Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Date, what date?

Someone on TrekBBS asked, "What is the publishing order?" for a very recent trilogy of Star Trek novels.

Inside every book, usually on the page opposite the title page, one will find a year of publication. Some books, including all of Pocket's Star Trek tie-in MMPBs (mass market paperbacks), include the month of publication as well. Pocket makes it very easy to put the paperback ST novels into publication order. ("First time in hardcover" ST novels create a shelving challenge.)

Pocket also identifies how often the book as been reprinted: that row of spaced digits below the date - ie. the "1" is removed for the second printing; the "2" is removed for the third printing, etc.

It amazes me that so many people never discover the publication dates, nor read forewords, prefaces, introductions, "historian's notes", afterwords, postscripts, or glossaries in ST books about which that they have urgent questions. Are these the same people who leave cinemas long before the end credits roll, too? (Mmm, that's almost everyone these days!)

3 comments:

AdamJ said...

Some people go 'huh?' when you mention the ISBN number, but that's a bit more understandable!

I wanted to work in the school library once, but I fear the main reason was because I fancied the red-head library lady. You know, I think I have a thing for red-heads. Or should that be read-heads?

Sorry that was groan worthy... :D

Therin of Andor said...

Hehehehe. I was in the library all day today wearing an orange rabbit Beanie Baby around my neck - for Harmony Day, of course.

I was telling any of the teachers who queried my choice of mascot that I'd always wanted a hare on my chest.

Jean said...

shoots both of you.