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Subject: hints for searching for classics
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 11:39 PM ET
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oldest daughter will start teaching HS English in August and she needs some specific classics, but when I did a search for them, many were copies with published dates over 25 years old. she'd rather not have britlle yellowed copies so are there any tips for searching thru these hundreds of copies, many of which show only the plain blue covers?
Date Posted: 7/10/2012 12:43 AM ET
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Which books is she looking for?

Date Posted: 7/10/2012 1:29 AM ET
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Those are trixy Jeanne, because I've discovered some of the classics are still being printed new under ISBN's that were issued decades ago.  So ordering the book may get you an old brittle copy (that won't hold up to classroom use) or an almost new copy bought last month.

I've done some research on classic titles currently available, so feel free to pm if I can assist or shorten your search.

Date Posted: 7/10/2012 9:30 AM ET
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You could set up a temporary RC and ask for a specific cover of a newer edition.  Or post in the book bazaar that you are looking for newer editions.

I have a brand new read once copy of Frankenstein if that's one she needs.



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Date Posted: 7/10/2012 4:51 PM ET
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If you use the "advanced search" feature, you can narrow the results by publication date.  Choose the oldest year you are willing to accept and then choose "Greater Than or Equal To".    Narrow your results (optional) is toward the bottom of the form. 

Date Posted: 7/10/2012 5:13 PM ET
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Jean - The publication dates do not always work with classics.  Some show a publication date of 1985, and yet they are still being printed under the same ISBN...you can buy it brand new at the bookstore.  So requesting one of those ISBN's could net you a 20 year old copy or one printed two months ago.  Some examples:

Animal Farm, publication date 1996 - still in print under this ISBN and available new.

Uncle Tom's Cabin, publication date 1970 - still in print under this ISBN and available new.

Lord of the Flies, publication date 1959 - still in print under this ISBN and available new.

Date Posted: 7/10/2012 5:53 PM ET
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For the same reason, looking at the PBS listing pictures isn't foolproof either. The picture could be from any edition of the book along the way, or it might even be from a different ISBN of the book altogether.

Your best bet is to ask in the Book Bazaar, where you will be communicating with people who are happy to help if they can.

Next best is to word an appropriate RC, but beware of the grumpy-mumps who won't want to deal with trying to figure it out.

Date Posted: 7/11/2012 6:59 AM ET
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Thank you for the info Denise.  For some reason, I thought it would be like narrowing it down by the printing date. 

Date Posted: 7/11/2012 12:59 PM ET
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Maybe you could post a list in the bazzar stating that you would like newer copies.

Date Posted: 7/14/2012 12:49 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions!