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Kooshmeister 05-22-2016 09:30 AM

'08 Raiders Novelization Reprint Length?
Well, thickness, really, but whatever.

I would've posted this in a more general thread about the book, but I couldn't find it (and I went about six pages back). And even if I did, I didn't wanna be accused of thread necromancy, so here is a new thread.

Anyway, when I got the reprints of the three novelizations in '08 (thanks, mom!), I noticed that Raiders was the slimmest. No biggie, though, really. But would you believe a second copy I got earlier this month is even slimmer?

See, what happened is I wanted a second copy. Don't ask why, when the one I'd gotten in '08 was just fine. Sometimes I want more than one copy of a book I enjoy. I'm strange, heh. So I ordered one from Barnes & Noble online because of course the one over at Crabtree didn't have any Indiana Jones books in it anymore, and in fact hadn't for years, not since the post-Crystal Skull Indy craze died down (I swear it seems this poor franchise has no staying power in stores without a movie actually in theaters).

When the book arrived and I opened the package, I was surprised to find it was even thinner than my other copy of it. I checked my other copy and found it was about 170+ pages long, give or take. Flipping through this second one, I discovered that the pages are numbered exactly the same. And yet this does not change the fact the second, presumably more recently printed copy is far more slender than the one my mom got for me back in '08.

What gives? Is smaller print used? Are extraneous pages advertising something missing? Less glue in the binding? A more compact binding overall? It's very bizarre, because other than the thickness, it is identical to the other copy: same front and back cover with no changes I can see. Even the spines are identical; the size of the lettering is the same, resulting in the title running slightly off and onto the front cover a little bit due to having far less room than before. Smaller print seems like the most likely explanation, but I can't detect any difference in the size of the text in either copy offhand. It's just weird.

Moedred 05-22-2016 09:55 AM

Paper density? Pics would help, some collectors might want all iterations.

Kooshmeister 05-22-2016 10:11 AM

Sadly I lack a digital camera (the one I used to take pics of all my Indy toys a few years ago having been lost) and my webcam hates me. :(

Violet 05-22-2016 11:01 PM

I would say font and maybe paper density also consider the width and length of the pages- is that different? Also I would try since the page numbers are the same to read one page and compare to that same page to your '08 edition to see if there is any random differences in the writing itself. Esp since Indy novels are no stranger to being edited between different publication editions.

Finn 05-24-2016 10:11 PM


Originally Posted by Moedred
Paper density?

As a professionally educated librarian, I'd say most likely this. We occasionally run into the same curiosity while ordering additional copies. If they are from different print batch, the culprit is almost exclusively different kind of paper.

Kooshmeister 05-31-2016 12:12 PM

Thanks for all the feedback, guys. I really appreciate it.

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