#1: Different Paperback editions? Author: Tamzin, Location: EdinburghPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:47 pm — Does anyone know if the different editions of
the paperback books were cut differently? I ask because as a child I
had paperbacks of "Peggy"and "Carola" which I'd got from my second
cousin. I practically knew them by heart I read them so often! Both
were eventually thrown away because they got so tatty - "Peggy"'s pages
in particular were always falling out of the book.
Anyway last year I got my Gran's complete collection of CS books, a
mixture of hardbacks and paperbacks. Both "Peggy" and "Carola" were
paperback editions but different editions to the ones I previously had
- "Peggy" was published in 1967 with a predominantly orange jacket, and
"Carola" was published in 1977 with a predominantly blue cover. The
thing is both are abridged from the hardbacks but both also seem to
have been cut less than the editions I had as a child. It's just an
impression that there are extra details that I really don't recall
being in the stories I knew so well as a kid. As I read both back in
about October last year I can't point to any specifics now.
Am I gong doolally? If someone could put me out of my misery and
tell me definitely whether this is possible or else confirm that my
imagination is running away with me I'd be very grateful!
#2: Author: Caroline, Location: ManchesterPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:42 am — I once did some comparisons for FOCS looking at different paperback editions compared to the original hardbacks. I did it for Island and Jo Returns, I think.
Basically, you can classify the differences between HBs and Pbs as either omissions (i.e. cutting of anything from a phrase to a chapter to an entire storyline) or alterations (i.e. updating individual words etc.).
Generally speaking, the omissions from the HB seem to be common to all
paperback editions. However, the updating or altering of specific words
and phrases varies tremendously between paperback editions (e.g. coach
for charabanc, car for motor, sugar the pill rather than jam for the
Other things are different too - capitalisation of words like Prefect
or Staff vary, some words can be Americanised in different editions
(e.g. apologize rather than apologise), and non-English speech and
words loses the italics it originally had etc.
Generally speaking (again!) the 1960s PBs were very similar to the
HBs in terms of format, print and language, and were only cut for
length. The later PBs had a lot of other changes too, but don't
typically have more cuts.
#3: Author: Tamzin, Location: EdinburghPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:37 pm — Oh well. Guess I'm imagining it then
#4: Author: Caroline, Location: ManchesterPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:25 am — Not necessarily - I only did comparisons on a
couple of titles, and both were of the 'minor cuts only' variety. Who's
to say how my findings compare to the rest of the series....
#5: Author: Katherine, Location: London, UKPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:04 pm — I have the vague idea that people have said
similar things but no one has ever done a full comparison; it’d be a
nightmare as there are so many editions. I wouldn’t be too surprised if
with the odd book they decided to do slightly different cuts from the
last time the PB was published.
#6: Author: Vikki, Location: Sitting on an iceberg, freezing to death!!!Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:32 pm — At one point I had two different armada editions
of Three Go, and there were definitely differences there, one that
sticks in my mind was the scene where the kids dress up as red indians.
The newer edition had different arrangements for who got cleaned up in
which bathroom. (unfortunately I disposed of the older copy, so I can't
Another thing that was edited out of the later armada editions was
smoking references. The second style armada of Exile had both Jo AND
Jack carrying lighters (in the picnic scene) but the third style
edition had only Jack having a lighter.
#7: Author: Lisa_T, Location: BelfastPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:46 pm — Yes, and the pbs of Theodora differ re the first
chapter in particular. I've had both the white spine and the two-in-one
orange version, and there's a difference.