I borrowed “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” by Valerie Ann Worwood from the library within the last week and have been consulting and taking notes from it since then.
Today the copy I bought arrived in the mail. I noticed immediately that there was a substantial difference in size between the two volumes, which got my curiosity going. Why was my copy so much bigger than the library borrow copy? I proceeded to check things between them to see what was different besides size.
Both were printed in Canada.
Both were printed by New World Library, Novato, CA (Canada? California?)
Both were 2016 and state “first printing of revised edition”
Finally something was different:
The library copy had the numbers 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
My purchased copy had the numbers 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 (missing 1)
Other than the size and the missing “1” they were the same.
library copy bought copy library book on top
I started examining the pages and noticed two big differences. My copy had thicker pages, and my copy had darker ink.
If I hadn’t borrowed the book, then purchased what I thought was going to be an identical copy, I never would have known.
What does this mean?
Are libraries aware they are buying inferior copies?
Do book printers skimp on books libraries buy because they think they can get away with it?
Lots of questions remain unanswered for now.
Anyone with any information on this, please enlighten me.