All first editions in English of Clockwork Princess will have, printed either in the back or on the inside of the cover, a family tree that links the generations of The Infernal Devices with the generations of The Mortal Instruments and Dark Artifices.
What’s a first edition?
Publishers print books in batches called print runs. Every book printed in the first batch of books printed is a first edition “A first edition book is a copy that was printed in the first print run, when the book was originally published. If the books sell out, the publisher will authorize the printing of a new batch, called the second edition. When that stock is depleted, the next print run is called the third edition, and so on.”
Why are some first editions paperback and some first editions hardcover?
Because my North American editions (published by Margaret K. McElderry Books) are published in hardcover first. Therefore if you come across a hardcover first edition, it is North American. The family tree will be reverse-printed on the inside of the jacket of Clockwork Princess. (You have to take off the cover to see it.) My UK/Australia publisher publishes only in paperback. All their first editions will be in paperback. You can buy either, depending on whether you want paperback or hardback. I would suggest simply buying whatever you usually buy. If you live in Singapore, or South Africa, or India, or any of a number of such countries, you may either get the North American or Australian/English editions. I cannot predict or answer which will show up in your local store.
How can I tell if it’s a first edition?
It will say “COLLECTOR’S FIRST EDITION” on the front. The below is the cover of the North American first edition. See the words next to the big thumbs-up? (Which I added and is not part of the cover) – that is how you know it’s a first edition.
The next image is the Australian, UK/Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa first edition. Again, you see where the finger is pointing? It says COLLECTOR’S EDITION. That is how you know it will have the family tree.
How do I get a first edition?
A first edition is, again, every book that is one of the first batch of books printed by a publisher. There are a limited amount. When they sell out, then the rest of the books printed will be without the family tree. The best way to make sure you get a first edition is to pre order. You can do this online.
Like, if you go to the Amazon page for Clockwork Princess, you can see that the image says Collectors Edition. That means if you order from Amazon right now, you will get that first edition.
If you do not want to order online, you can go into any bookstore now and tell them that you wish to pre-order a first edition. They will call you when it comes in. Bookstores can do that. They put in their own order with the publisher, and the publisher makes sure they get those first editions. You can even do this at Walmart. You can do this in any country, in any bookstore where English language books are sold.
I’m in the UK/Australia/etc and the “special edition” cover isn’t showing up on Amazon.co.uk or whatever website I usually use.
Yes, it looks like it hasn’t been uploaded everywhere yet. The best way of getting a first edition remains pre-ordering. If you pre-order from a website, you are pretty sure to get a first edition. If that makes you nervous, rememeber you can go into any bookstore now and tell them that you wish to pre-order a first edition. They will call you when it comes in. Bookstores can do that. They put in their own order with the publisher, and the publisher makes sure they get those first editions. You can do this in any country, in any bookstore where English language books are sold.
Will the family tree be in ebooks for Nook or Kindle?
It will not. (This is not my decision. It is my publisher’s. I do understand that the family tree is a very nicely designed piece of work and they want to show it at its best, on paper. Also, because of the nature of ebooks, there is no such thing as an ebook first edition.)
Will the family tree be in books in other languages?
I don’t know. Those books need to be translated. The family tree has been made available to all my foreign publishers and it is their choice as to whether they wish to include it in their books. If you want to know if they will have it in their editions, you should contact a bookstore in your country and ask.
Will the family tree be in the audiobook?
Is there a difference between the COLLECTOR’S EDITION and the COLLECTOR’S FIRST EDITION?
One is the American edition. One is the UK.