Ever wonder what those numbers on a title page mean?
Here’s what my editor told me:
The numbers on the left are the printings of the book. Each time there’s a reprint, we delete a number. The numbers on the right are the year.
So, for the 2nd printing in 2012, it would look like
2 3 4 5 6 – 16 15 14 13 12
Other houses treat this differently, but this is how Tricycle always did it and apparently Random House Children’s Books as well.