Have you ever noticed these numbers on a book’s copyright page, the ones under “Printed in the United States of America”? Ever wondered what they meant?
They indicate print runs. This picture comes from my copy of MAY B., one that was delivered to my door a few weeks before the book was released in 2012.
Here’s the same page from a recent edition. Do you see what I do? MAY’s in her eighth printing!
Augusta Scattergood, inspired by this post, has just created one on her blog called First Edition, First Printing. Stop by and have a look!
Caroline Starr Rose says
Thank you, stupendously stupendous Mike!