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Subject: Book Club editions
Date Posted: 3/13/2009 10:25 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/13/2009 10:42 PM ET
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In some cases BCE's use poor quality materials and bindings.

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 11:50 PM ET
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They are often smaller, so if someone is collecting an author and wants uniform sizing they will ask for no BCE. They used to be more obvious in differences - smaller, cheaply made and no price printed on the inside flap where the most common differences. Now days many of the non-BCE books are getting printed in the same size and quality and some of the BCE have the prices printed in them. Sometimes the only give away will be the publisher's name such as Double Day.

The best thing if you get one of those RCs is to look for one of the differences, if you find one don't send it. If you cannot tell for sure either deny the RC and state that you cannot tell for sure, or accept the RC and PM the person asking them what the difference is in that book that you should be looking for.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 8:48 PM ET
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They are often smaller, so if someone is collecting an author and wants uniform sizing they will ask for no BCE.

That's why I have an RC for no book club editions.  It is (in my case) strictly a size issue.  I want all my books to be the same height for the particular series I'm collecting.  I do turn my RC on and off so it doesn't show up on every book, just the books I want regular sizes on.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 8:28 PM ET
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If I'm not mistaken, you can go to loc.org and enter the ISBN# to find out if the book you have is in fact a BCE.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 8:34 PM ET
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If I'm not mistaken, you can go to loc.org and enter the ISBN# to find out if the book you have is in fact a BCE.

Not really. For many books, the BCE has the same ISBN as the regular printed version. I think that happens when the same publishing house that issues the book also owns the BC company. I know that some of the mainstream fiction authors I get like James Patterson, Iris Johansen, Sandra Brown and John Sandford all have the same used on the BCE as the regular print.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 8:39 PM ET
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I have a BCE book for "The Abortionist's Daughter" and its ISBN# is different than the regular trade paperback. In fact, I put in the ISBN# on Amazon.com, and nothing came up for it.

I found the website I was actually thinking of. It was given to me by one of the live help reps. It is: alibris.com and will list if they are book club editions.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 8:17 AM ET
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There are also times when the BCE is different from the regular publication of a book.  I have a book on my WL - Intent to Kill by James Grippando. If you search for it on Amazon you get two listings. One says it will be released in May. The other you can buy use for a little as a .57. BUT when you click on the description for the one with the used copies, the author has a note posted ~ ....They're confused because they can't find new copies anywhere, and the only place they've seen Intent to Kill is "used" on Amazon.  Here's the skinny.  An early version of Intent to Kill was released by the Literary Guild, Book of the Month Club, and Doubleday Book Club.  If you are a book club member, you can buy the book new through the book club.  All of these used copies that you see on Amazon are Book Club copies that were published by the books clubs.    However, like I said, this is an early version.  I have made some exciting and important changes to the plot and characters in the final version of Intent to Kill, which will be released by HarperCollins in May 2009.  So if you simply can't wait for that final edition, buy this early release.  

Personally I would like the newer version and have it on my WL by that ISBN #.  I have had the book mailed to me once (didn't catch the order before it was mailed and marked it RWAP) and posted to me several times. Each time I was able to PM the  member and ask them to cancel the order as I KNEW it was not the edition that I was requesting.