A Guide to Book Conditions

A Guide to Book Conditions

The details below are for reference only but you will find that each of our books is individually described. If you would like clarification on any term in a particular description, please contact us for further information.

Like New – The book is in the same immaculate condition as when it was published. This could be the description for a book that has been lost in a warehouse for years, never shelved, thumbed or even opened yet may still be some years old.

Very Good (VG) – Describes a book that shows some small signs of wear on either binding or paper. Any defects should be noted by the seller.

Good (G) – Describes the average used worn book that has all the text present. Any defects will be noted by the seller.

Acceptable – Worn book that has complete text pages. Binding, jacket (if any) will be worn. All defects will be noted by seller. This copy may be soiled, stained, or spotted and may have loose joints, hinges, pages etc.

Binding Copy – Describes a book in which the pages or leaves are perfect but the binding is very bad, loose, off or non-existent.

Reading Copy – A copy usually in poor to fair condition that includes all text presented in a legible fashion. The copy is fine to read but nothing more.