Ask Dave Taylor: Tech and Business


How do I know whether I have the first printing of a book?

My question deals with the inside page of a book. There is a lot of info about publisher and ISBN # and copyright and then there are some numbers at the bottom that usually look this:

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What do those numbers mean?

Ah, the mysteries of the copyright and print page of a book. These are not questions for us mere mortals, so I asked two of my favorite people in the publishing industry, Matt Wagner of Fresh Books Agency and Joe Wickert of J. Wiley, Publishers.

Perhaps surprisingly, they had the exact same answer...