2nd Edition, 3rd Edition, Revised Edition, Teacher Edition, Student Edition, Library Edition
What is the difference between book editions?
The short answer is the book has been improved since it was first published.
A publisher will assign a new edition to a book when significant changes have been made.
The following changes would warrant a book having a new edition, such as 2nd, 3rd, etc.:
- Noticeable changes to the cover image or the cover stock
- Changing the trim size
- Adding an introduction
- Adding some back matter
- Important updates to content
- 20% or more changes to the content
- All of the above
Correcting a few typos or art mistakes in a book would not qualify as needing a new edition. You would update the book files and upload the revised files to replace the previous files.
A new edition of a book will have a new ISBN. Issuing a new ISBN helps buyers distinguish the latest edition from the previous edition and prevents confusion.
EDITION NO. (NUMBER)
It is helpful to book buyers and consumers if the edition number is listed in the EDITION NO. field and also listed in the title: “My Best-Selling Book, 2nd Edition”, and in the book description.
The Edition Name of a book helps identify a different edition of a book. For example, if the book is for teachers because it contains answers to quizzes or information not included in the original edition, the publisher would enter Teachers Edition in the EDITION NAME field and at the end of the title, "My Best-Selling Book, Teachers Edition". Other examples of edition names might be Teen Edition, Kindergarten Edition, Large Print Edition, or Library Edition. The library edition of a book has a sturdier hardcover binding.
You can add this information on the Title Set up Pages. Image below.