Questions tagged [physical-books]

Questions related to books as physical objects, e.g. their size, colors, etc.

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Is it a widespread tradition to inscribe family tree in the back of holy book?

Reading Shame (1983) by Salman Rushdie, and came to such a sentence. Lost in the forest of new relatives, wandering in the bloodjungle of the matriarchal home, Bilquis consulted the family Quran in ...
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Difference between the two editions of “Great Books of the Western World”

I have the full original set of Great Books. I know there was an updated version published in the 70s(?). Is there a way to attain the rest without re-buying the whole set?
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Why does my copy of “Jude the Obscure” use 'part first' instead of 'first part' or something like that?

I recently procured a copy of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Upon opening it, something struck me as odd: It says 'part first' instead of 'first part' or 'part one'. I've never seen this before, ...
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How many manuscripts of English Renaissance plays have survived?

During the English renaissance, plays were primarily written for performance and play manuscripts were usually not sold to a printer before the play had had a successful run in the theatre. A number ...
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Why do some paperbacks have shortened front covers?

Some paperback editions have a front cover which is a centimetre or two shorter than the actual book. I first noticed this on House of Leaves, where I thought that it's just part of the whole ...
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How do publishers determine how much to charge for audiobooks relative to their printed version?

Amazon.com prices for a few random books as of 10/5/2017: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - paperback $9.29, hardcover $17.89, audio CD $38.98 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - ...
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Why do some books have colors on the edges of the pages?

On some books, I've noticed that they have colors on the edges of the pages. For instance, on my Tikkun: And on a G'mara (part of the Talmud): What is the point of these colors? Are they only found ...
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Why do some books warn that books with missing covers may be unauthorised?

I've noticed that a lot of my books contain a warning that if the book is missing a cover, it may be unauthorized. For example, the copyright page of my copy of George R R Martin's Clash of Kings ...
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Should I keep the jacket on a hardcover book?

I've got a few hardcover books. I usually read paperback, but sometimes I'll find myself with a hardcover book. Often, these will have jackets on them. Paper jackets that rip and get in the way and ...
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How do I straighten out a paperback book's cover that is bent?

I read a lot of paperback books. Almost exclusively, in fact. I have one problem, though - all the covers get bent while I read them (or sometimes after one of the siblings has a crack at it). They ...
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How to travel with paperback books without damaging them?

I like to carry paperback books with me in a backpack. I've noticed that this puts a lot of wear and tear on these books. I can't not carry these books in my backpack, but what can I do to better ...
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How can I check that used or old books are in good condition before I purchase them?

I go to used book sales about once or twice a year. Recently, I bought some books that I've been meaning to read for a while. However, when I started reading them, I realized that about a quarter of ...