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Topic: So many Audio CD editions -- wonder why?

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Subject: So many Audio CD editions -- wonder why?
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 8:51 PM ET
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This is more a question about the publishing industry than about PBS itself.

I just searched for several newly published or soon-to-be-published books, and found a number of editions for audio CDs that surprised me.  There are 4, 5, or even 6 editions, for the same book!  And many of them seem to be issued about the same time.

Anyone have an idea of the reason????

 

Date Posted: 4/4/2013 8:57 PM ET
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There are abridged and unabridged versions-- not always clearly marked. Also, there can be separate "library editions" that have their own ISBN. And on top of that there can be Mp3 CDs--again not always clearly marked. When I order/wishlist audio CDs, I always check the Amazon listing for the ISBN just to make sure what I'm ordering. I rally don't like abridged editions.
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 11:47 AM ET
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There are also playaways - audio books that come preloaded on their own little mini player with headphones.  Those seem to be gaining popularity at the libraries.

Amazon's ISBNs can be wrong - a better bet is to check www.worldcat.org.

Date Posted: 4/8/2013 11:47 AM ET
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Wow.  Double post.  I've seen so many people say that but never actually had one myself.



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