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What is a reader's edition?

It might be easier to think of reader's edition in opposition to other kinds of editions.

The most common edition that one sees noted is the "collector's editions." Typically a collector's edition is meant to be, literally, collected and not read. As such, it has a lot of bells and whistles like an expensive covering material, high-quality paper, and durable or improved binding. It might also have some sweet full-color illustrations or gold leaf action going on. These go on shelves and are admired like art.

Another kind is the student edition (or college edition). The Modern Library is known for their college editions, which are low cost, lower quality editions of their really nice hardbacks of collected works. Student or college editions are meant to be used and abused and bought and resolt many times, though often times they don't hold up that long.

Another notable edition is the critical edition where the text and essays about the text are included in the book. One of the most popular series of critical editions are the Norton Critical Editions, which include the book, letters by the author, reviews of the book from whence it was originally published, and essays about the book in order to help you understand it more critically.

In this light, it is easy to see how a reader's edition works. It is the text (of course) in a durable format. It is meant to be read, but not necessarily by an academic. Instead, a reader's edition will often include reading group questions at the end to help spur discussion among other people who have read the book, perhaps for a book group. Also a reader's edition is meant to be easily read, so it might have larger type (unlike pocket editions) or larger margins (for notes).

The trouble is that there is no standard for any of these so you have to draw conclusions on your own. Hopefully these help.

Which is the best edition for studying piano?

There are editions for all kinds of different purposes, so it's effectively impossible to simply set about declaring a 'best', just like that. One edition may be intended for a scholarly audience, with many more pages of critical notes than the actual printed music they refer to is made up of. Another edition of the same music may be intended for practical use ("playing") by the mainstream pianist-next-door. Horses for courses, in short.

The EM Budapest edition of Liszt's works is certainly one of the foremost modern, reliable editions available. Durand is the original publisher of both Ravel and Debussy and you can obviously do a lot worse than 'having it from the horse's mouth' in editions that each of these composers saw through the press themselves.

Involving an absolutely huge scholarly effort by scores of scholars and performers worldwide, the Polish National Edition of Chopin's complete works is the outcome of a massive pooling of specialist knowledge that is resulting in one of the very finest and most carefully annotated and sourced editions of his work. The work is still in progress, with many volumes still in preparation, but it's probably the finest edition we've ever had so far.

Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev's estates have vested the rights for non-Russian publication of their respective works with Boosey & Hawkes, so their publications remain at present the most thoroughly (and often only) reliable editions of their work, often last seen through the press by the composers themselves.

An equally gargantuan labour by scholars all over the world has resulted in the Neue Mozart Ausgabe (NMA) brought into print by Bäreneiter, again in several different 'versions' ranging from playing editions to ones with a mammoth scholarly critical apparatus for each work, which we can choose from according to our needs.The entire NMA is also available on-line, strictly for personal use & study only.

There are a number of highly respected 'Urtext' editions of Beethoven's work (e.g. Henle, Universal) to choose from, too.

All the best,

There are differences between the various editions of The Feynman Lectures on Physics (FLP)  that you should take into consideration before making your choice. Over the last decade, an entirely new manuscript was created for FLP that features the correction of over 1000 errors, vastly improved figures, cleaner typography, expanded and unified indexes and a list of symbols; The only edition printed from the new manuscript is the Perseus Basic Books New Millennium Edition (see On the other hand, if budget constraints are your primary concern, then I would advise you to buy an inexpensive used copy of an older edition - they are not difficult to find online - and then, if you find something in it that "looks wrong" check the FLP errata posted at to see if it was something we corrected in later editions. for any Hindu EditionThere is option to download editions of Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad,Banglore,Vizag, Vijayawada & Kochipaper can be downloaded from this site and even some popular civils books and magazines can be downloaded here.

Is there a difference between the second and third edition of the textbook Essential Cell Biology by Alberts?

Most likely any changes will be very small changes. I have taken many biology classes and almost always use the older edition and encounter no problems. I would ask your professor to make sure, but there should be no problem unless the professor plans on having you do practice questions from the book. These questions are usually the same or very similar in each edition but are often numbered differently which creates a problem if the teacher says to do question 2 from chapter 3 or whatever and you don't know what question that is in your book.

Which edition of the balderdash game is best to buy?

Each player created his/her own definitions for obscure words and tried to guess the correct definition. Since that time, another board game has been able to overtake Balderdash: Beyond Balderdash! Beyond Balderdash also contains words, but includes four additional categories:

People--the person's major accomplishment

Movie Titles--the basic plot of the movie

Dates--the event that happened on the date

Acronyms what the initials stand for

The items in every category should be unfamiliar to most people, and the actual answers are sometimes stranger than player submissions. Discerning the correct answer is very difficult! This game is not a test to see who knows the most obscure words and history; rather it provides much amusement while building creativity. If you're a quick-thinking, creative person, you should love this game. When you play Beyond Balderdash, it doesn't matter if you win or come in dead last. Making up responses and hearing other people's is so entertaining, you won't really care.

Hope this helps!

What is the difference b/w EDITION & VOLUME (in any type of publication)?

Typically a volume is a publication that is part of a "series", whether it's a continuing publication like a journal, or a book that has to be published in several volumes - this might be due to the size of the book, or the addressing of a different topic in each book. An edition is a specific publishing of a particular work; every time that work is published again it's another edition. Each edition will have slightly different features, whether it's including an introduction or preface by a recognized author, or updating the content to be current as with a textbook.

An example of both would be the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary. Because the material included is so extensive, it's in two volumes. It also will have a different edition with each publishing, so that the 1925 edition would be fairly different from the 2007 edition, but it's still the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary.

When studying Political Economy our lecturer recommended the Liberty Fund editions, and I found the footnotes in the edition useful when reading through the chapters for a change; I tend to find the footnotes rather useless. The editors also put in references to Smith's other works which I found very useful for essay writing.The WN itself is on Amazon here; also think that every scholar of Smith needs a copy of Theory of Moral Sentiments too, also available through Liberty Fund; you choose, please make sure it contains an unedited version of Book III, his history of economic development. Probably the best book to read when trying to understand Smith within his own time.

Acting edition of a play vs. regular edition? Which one to buy?

An "Acting Edition" differs from the Published Edition in a few ways.

1.) The published text has been evaluated by the playwright and his editor for the goal of reading. It is presented in a way that the playwright feels the reader could best experience a reading of the play. All of the text in that version comes directly from the playwright and no one else.

2.) The Acting Edition generally reflects the final prompt script from the first or most important production. Since this script is the result of a rehearsal period, it may include stage directions that come from the director or stage manager with the goal of assisting the actor in recreating that original production.

3.) Acting Editions have boring nondescript covers

4.) Published versions have pretty graphic designed covers

5.) Acting Editions adhere to strict format guidelines, Published versions don't have to.

Make sense?

The point being, that the publish text is usually the definitive version of a play. However, you can't guarantee that anyone ever performed it that way because the playwright may have edited it after the original production or combined two productions together.

If your dealing with a classic play like Wilder's, I'd get the published version. Although, that play is old enough that you'd probably only be gaining the pretty cover.