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The BookThinker Newsletter

#5, 3 November 2003

BookThinker Update
10 November 2003>>>

Update Announcements
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.

Are You Cooking the Books?

Mold, book lice or rolled spines getting you down? Before you try any mad-scientist experiments with your microwave oven, read BookThink's analysis of microwave usage for archival purposes.


From the Editor

A Short Introduction to First Edition Identification
Is it possible to simplify a topic as hopelessly complex as first edition identification? We’ll try to do just that here – or at least dramatically narrow the playing field to a manageable size.

How To Identify Book Club Editions
Book club edition identification can be a crucial step in the process of identifying first editions. Knowing a handful of publisher’s designations for BCE’s will help you spot them like the pros. Find out more here.

Collecting the Science Fiction Book Club
If you collect Science Fiction Book Club editions, look here for a detailed examination and chart of gutter codes used to identify the all-important first printings.

Plus 3 new reviews on BookShelf

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