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Subject: New Funny Author for me
Date Posted: 8/10/2011 6:47 PM ET
Member Since: 5/1/2011
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I just found a new author that I really really enjoyed but when I got to the 3rd book I have a problem!!!

 I recently read a book that I enjoyed very much by Toni Mc Gee Causey(Charmed and Dangerous)...very cute ,funny,crazy good read...so I picked a couple more of her books.I got a set, book 1 and 2 of a new series... I read book 1, It was great! Funny as the first 1 that I read..... Book 2 is called Bobbie Faye's Very,very,very,very bad day. (LOL) It is word for word the same as the first book I read named Charmed and dangerous!!!!!!..it has a totally different name and a totally different cover but once  you open it (Charmed and Dangerous)....I know they change the cover most times for reprint of books.... but the NAME Too!

What Is going on.. I wasted one of my credits to get the same book I had already read...This Sucks.lol

 Just thought I would throw this out there and see if it has ever happened to anyone else....It has never happened to me .

Thanks...Very confused Dianna

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 7:33 PM ET
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Hubby had that happen once when he got a book that was issued in England or something.  It was by an author he reads, but it ended up being the exact same book as one he'd already read but with a different title.  He wasn't too happy that the book didn't come with a disclaimer, but I don't remember if it was a used book.  If it was, then it might have just traveled into the US, but if new, then they should have given people a heads up.  He thought the story was familiar, but since a lot of his reading material is similar, he didn't see that it was the exact same until he got started reading.

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 9:50 PM ET
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It is not unusual for UK and American editions to have different titles.  Diana Gabaldon comes to mind -- her blockbuster "Outlander" is called "Cross Stitch" in the UK.  The first Harry Potter book also had different US/UK titles.

You can also see titles change if a book is re-released, often years after the fact, and with a shiny new cover, so it looks like a new book, but it is actually a repackaged old one.  This is fairly common in romance novels, among other genres.  Here's an example of a true crime story republished 10 years later with a new title: http://www.worldcat.org/title/cruel-deception/oclc/58047446&referer=brief_results

Sometimes you may see a note on the back of the title page, with the copyright info, saying "published as "Blah Blah Title" in the UK", but that's no guarantee.  If its an author you like, and you want to read a series of their books, you might check their website to see if there are alternate titles.  Causey sort of provides that info on her website at the very bottom: http://tonimcgeecausey.com/charmed.php

Sometimes other book sites will make lists of differing titles, like this one for Crime & Detective Fiction: http://www.gaslightbooks.com.au/checklists/mchanges.html

The best resource, I've found, is WorldCat.  They have a field for "notes" and one for  "other titles", and that's where you can often find a changed or foreign language title.  Here's their page for "Charmed and Dangerous": http://www.worldcat.org/title/charmed-and-dangerous/oclc/276334978&referer=brief_results


Date Posted: 8/11/2011 4:09 PM ET
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It has probably happened to be once since I've been at PBS and now I always check with Fantastic Fiction (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/) for alternate titles and when I know a book was published under a different title I will add a tag "also published as XXXXX" for other members.