Discussion Forums - Questions about PaperBackSwap Questions about PaperBackSwap

Topic: How to tell if a book is a Book Club book

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: How to tell if a book is a Book Club book
Date Posted: 3/3/2011 3:07 PM ET
Member Since: 7/30/2007
Posts: 92
Back To Top

I had a requst for a book club book form someone earlier this week. They had a number of conditions when they

requested the book. One of them being they didn't want  Book Club books. As far as I know it wasn't a book club book.

I got a message from them today saying it was a book club book. For future referencer how can I tell if a book is a

book club book? Am I required to return their credit? Or do I only have to if they ask for it? (so far they haven't)


Date Posted: 3/3/2011 3:11 PM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2009
Posts: 6,035
Back To Top

Book club editions are usually a little bit smaller than the standard hardcover size.  Also, there is no price printed on the inside flap of the dust jacket where it normally is on a regular book.

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 3:24 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
Posts: 4,815
Back To Top

Jennifer, for your own reference, I'd start by asking the other member how they identified it as a book club edition, so you'll know what you missed.

This website has some good details and photos of things to look for: http://www.mywingsbooks.com/coll-terms/bce_.shtml

Otherwise, it can sometimes be hard to tell. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 4:07 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2009
Posts: 332
Back To Top
Other possible clues to a book club edition: no printed price, which is usually on the upper corner of the front flap of the dust jacket, occasionally at the bottom of the back flap. If you look at the top of the pages at the book's spine, publishers' editions usually have a small raised fold of fabric that sticks up about a millimeter between the back edge of the pages and the spine binding; sometimes it's striped, sometimes the same color as the book's binding and therefore hard to distinguish. Unfortunately, there's apparently no single clue that'll always work.
Date Posted: 3/3/2011 4:23 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
Posts: 3,995
Back To Top

My brother belongs to a book club and the books he gets are full-sized and very well-made. The only way to tell, that I have noticed, is that there is no price printed anywhere on the dust cover.

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 4:36 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
Posts: 2,276
Back To Top

I've noticed that in addition to no price on the inside, on the back dustcover in the lower right hand corner is a white oblong box with a 6 or 7 digit number in it -- this is not to be confused with the box with the barcode and ISBN, but a separate box.

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 5:43 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2009
Posts: 1,452
Back To Top

Thanks for the link Elizabeth--very helpful information!

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 8:02 PM ET
Member Since: 7/5/2007
Posts: 2,322
Back To Top

This is what I have in my RC for the books I don't want the BCEs of:

* A bookclub edition may not be "obvious" but is generally identifiable by the combination of BCE # (4-5 digit, usually on back cover/dust jacket), smaller size, cheaper binding (not bound into cloth), lack of price on dust jacket, lack of ISBN on dust jacket or lack entirely, and blind stamp. Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club books are usually smaller, cheaply bound, no price, and have the BCE # on the DJ on the back in the lower right corner.

It's not all inclusive, but it helps.  For SF/F books, they're always "smaller", around the size of a typical trade paperback.

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 11:23 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
Posts: 10,245
Back To Top

To answer your other questions .... yes, you should return the credit if you did not follow the RC.

However, you are not required to offer it back unless the other person asks for it.