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What are these pink papers with book text written on them?

It's something to do with the splicing in of new paper rolls during the printing process. I'll confess that I don't fully understand how it all works, but am confident I've tracked down something very ...
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Are these actually first editions?

Is this really a first edition? It depends on whether you ask a book collector or a book publisher. The yellow book you are asking about is the first edition, fifth printing. The purple one is the ...
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How do you report stolen library books to the library?

I have not been in the situation of having books stolen before, but I have been in the position of reporting lost books several times. Most libraries I have encountered have a listed policy that if a ...
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How do you report stolen library books to the library?

Many libraries in the Western world use RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags to identify books. This makes checking books in and out even easier than the bar codes that were often used ...
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What is the oldest book written in braille?

Some sources claim that the first Braille book was published in 1829, others in 1837. The answer appears to depend on whether you are looking for a book that contained text in Braille's six-dot system ...
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What are these pink papers with book text written on them?

I do not work with paper but with plastic and sometimes our rolls of material do have a 'splice' in the length somewhere. I guess that also happens with paper. If the roll is broken and repaired or ...
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Is it a widespread tradition to inscribe family trees in the back of holy books?

Much like the tradition among Christians to record births, deaths, marriages and baptisms in their Bibles, it is, in fact a common thing for the family Koran to include such things as well. For ...
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Is it a widespread tradition to inscribe family trees in the back of holy books?

It's traditional for Christian families to record their family tree in bibles. I assume it's common for Muslim families to do the same in their Quran, but it seems impossible to google since any ...
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What options are there to acquire a book that is out of print?

The only option I see missing is the 'buy it from a used bookstore or library sale and hope it's not priced at a collector price' which requires a lot of searching, but is feasible and how many places ...
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Biggest braille book?

Most Braille books are not made for anything that you would call the open market. They are too large to store and need to be handled carefully. Only few people ever read braille books, those who don'...
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How do you report stolen library books to the library?

TL;DR, the important thing is to report which specific books were stolen. The fact that they were library books doesn't change much. Legally speaking, two independent actions took place: you borrowed ...
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What options are there to acquire a book that is out of print?

The first option on the list, "buy one of the rare copies on the market", is not as simple as it sounds, because finding an antiquarian bookseller that still has a copy of the book is the ...
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Bother to report errors in books to authors?

Most authors who I have contacted to report errors have been grateful that someone cared enough to read their book closely enough to note the errors, although some have declined to issue a correction. ...
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Why do some books have colors on the edges of the pages?

While edge painting is done on some high-price books, I've also seen solid-color edge painting done in the early 1980s or thereabouts on some inexpensive children's paperbacks that were made from ...
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