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Subject: Why does this book have ragged edges - is it an ARC?
Date Posted: 4/20/2010 9:18 AM ET
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OK gang, I need some help. I know what an ARC is, but I'm not sure if they are clearly marked as an ARC or what they look like. I received a book recently that has the edges on the length of the book cut at all different sizes so it is very ragged, jagged, rough looking. What is up with that? I never got a book like that before and was wondering if it is a postable book? Is this what an ARC looks like? Basically the pages are all different widths. I have't marked it as received yet because I was wondering if it was something that was not postable. I really don't like it.

Advice appreciated.  Thanks for your time.


Date Posted: 4/20/2010 9:25 AM ET
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Some books are made like that on purpose; it's a style that's supposed to mimic old books from back when the first reader had to cut open the pages herself.  It's postable.

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 9:26 AM ET
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It's part of the style of the binding. It's called a "Deckle Edge".


You see it once in a while now, and is part of the design of the book, like page coloring on the ends or Dust Jacket covers. The publishers decide when they'll use it or not.

There's nothing wrong with Deckle Edges and they're perfectly postable.

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 10:30 AM ET
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Thank you so much for the explanation!

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 12:09 PM ET
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Deckle edged books are often first editions.  The reprints will be made with the less expensive edge.

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 1:31 PM ET
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ARCs are usually not that hard to identify ... I have only ever seen paperbacks, the ones that I've seen usually have printing on the cover (back or front) or along the spine .... that will say that the book is not for resale, that it is an Advanced Copy, it might have a release date on it somewhere, and I have also seen many where the back cover prints a lot of the info that goes on the copyright page in a regular book ... all about the publisher and how to contact them, about the author's agent, how to contact them, etc.

I haven't seen any that were not fairly easily  distinguishable from a regularly published book.

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 7:15 PM ET
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Two of the ARCs I have available (see siggy) have Deckle Edges (The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott and Making Toast). I've never seen that before! I like the look of the Deckle Edge when the book stays in good, nice condition, but after it's been passed around awhile, it starts to look crappy.

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 4:14 PM ET
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The first time I saw a Deckle Edge I thought the printing company had made a horrible mistake. lol  I think they look kind of cool but I prefer the smooth edges for the books I'm reading.

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 4:41 PM ET
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Oh I think those look cute! But I always gotten good Deckle Edges so maybe I wouldn't think so if they were older.

One recent Deckle Edge I got was the 1st book from Nora Roberts Wedding Quartet...

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 7:55 PM ET
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The first time I got a deckled edge book, I almost marked it RWAP.  Glad I checked on here first. 

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 11:32 PM ET
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I remember when I got my first deckled edge book.  Boy was I mad when I had to cut apart some of the pages.  

I don't like getting them.  It seems like they will trap more dust.  :(