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Feb 28, 2009, 1:11am Top

Browsing through secondhand book sites I often see this term. What exactly does it mean by "price clipped"? Is there any photo of this available to see what it looks like?

Feb 28, 2009, 2:14am Top

I'm guessing here, but I assume it means that the printed price has been clipped off the inside corner of the dust jacket. I do it myself when I'm giving a book as a gift.

Feb 28, 2009, 2:15am Top

I found these on Google images:

And this on yahoo Answers:
If a book has been remaindered, there will be some evidence of it on the book itself, usually a mark or stamp on the bottom edges of the pages (visible when the book is shut). The price is more usually clipped off by someone who gave the book as a gift.


Edited: Feb 28, 2009, 2:21am Top

What a cool quote just above. (in red on the book flap)

Would 'twere me.

Edited for clarity - it's very early in the morning.

Feb 28, 2009, 2:39am Top

Okay thanks... I kinda wish people would not cut squares or corners off book covers, though! I'd rather the book were intact. Virtually all books have the price on them, so it's something I see all the time.

Feb 28, 2009, 8:37am Top

Yeah, I can't imagine doing that. It's not like I often actually pay list price for a book anyway, between Amazon and B&N or Borders rewards programs, used bookstores, etc.

Feb 28, 2009, 9:00am Top

Yeah, but those of us of a certain generation were taught that it was rude to leave price tags on gifts.

Feb 28, 2009, 9:10am Top

I think the price is on the top corner of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I wonder why the bottem corner was clipped.

Edited: Feb 28, 2009, 9:17am Top

I take the price tag off of most if not all other gifts, MerryMary. it's not just "a certain generation". However, books are a special case.

Feb 28, 2009, 10:48am Top

I hate clipping. For gift books, I put a cute sticker over the price of a book (even on the outside). Those can easily be removed without harming the book.

Feb 28, 2009, 4:43pm Top

It is common courtesy for people of any generation to take price stickers off, but I'm shocked people actually cut pieces out of book covers! I don't bother putting stickers over the price either. The price of the book (on the bookshop's sticker) is more often than not different to the price given on the book cover itself. I never look at the price if it is a gift, as I would never know how much was paid for it anyway. It could have been on special for all I know. It is the thought that counts! Squares out of covers is one of the main reasons I still wishlist a book (on BookMooch for instance), because it won't be a keeper. :( If it weren't for that I would keep the book.

Edited: Feb 28, 2009, 8:05pm Top

It was not an issue when i was growing up. My mother was a school librarian and instilled in me a deep respect for books and their condition. But none of us were "collectors" in that sense of the word. Market value in future years somehow never occurred to any of us. Readable condition was important, content was important, but somehow pristine condition was not important. I have over 2000 books, but I can count on my fingers the number of pristine mint condition books I have. They're mostly just loved and read. And that's cool with me.

Feb 28, 2009, 8:14pm Top

The majority of mine are secondhand too. The book doesn't have to be in pristine condition, most of mine aren't nor do I care. It is that the cover is intact and details aren't missing like a scene from a picture (in the case of paperbacks) or whatever. (Shrug). I respect books highly, just can't imagine why people would want to cut pieces off the covers.

Feb 28, 2009, 8:35pm Top

No, no. I didn't make myself clear. I only clipped prices on dust covers of hardbacks (never paperbacks), and the inside corner of the flap never impinged on any details of the cover.

Now that I think of it, as a youth and young adult I never gave paperbacks as gifts - only hardbacks. I wonder why that is. That's why your mention of cutting paperbacks shocked me. Never happened!

Feb 28, 2009, 8:41pm Top

I have an ex-library book coming to me (in the mail) that is paperback and a square was cut out of the cover... I'm shocked a library would do that. Or maybe a bookseller did it, who knows.

Feb 28, 2009, 8:43pm Top

Now that is sacrilegious!

Feb 28, 2009, 9:05pm Top

yep, what merry said....

Feb 28, 2009, 9:13pm Top

I'm guessing it is a barcode cut out, ugh. Or something, but haven't seen the book yet. I'd rather barcodes and library markings were left on the book. I've seen some ex-library books where the labels were taken off and they're all sticky, some too sticky for the stickyness to be removed, yuck.

Mar 1, 2009, 7:06pm Top

#8 The lower corner likely said that it was a book club edition. Those statements are sometimes clipped in an attempt to pass the book off as a First Edition.

Mar 2, 2009, 7:53am Top

I've seen a couple of used bookstores that deeply clipped front covers of paperbacks to mark them as no return. They would be cheaper than the rest of the books in the store but I prefer the ones that use a stamp for this.

Mar 2, 2009, 8:52am Top

Wow, all this outrage about snipping a corner off a book cover. When I assembled my classics library (don't hyperventilate - I bought very used hardcovers at $2-6 a pop) I'd been known to throw OUT book covers, in an attempt to make my library prettier.

(creeps quietly away before the tar and feathers show up...)

Edited: Mar 2, 2009, 10:37am Top

No tar and feathers, Sandydog1, but a bit about hyperventilating....

I still have a stack of dust jackets from books that MIGHT still be hiding in the house somewhere - can't get rid of them.

Mar 2, 2009, 11:26am Top

I am going for the tar....

I bought a box of books, damp, musty, insect ridden books just to get the good dust jacket for a book I already had.

Mar 3, 2009, 6:37am Top

I am rather partial to dust jackets myself...not sure why.
No tar and feathers here... :)

Mar 8, 2009, 8:58pm Top

Hey, look at it this way. I'm making everybody else's covered books even more collectible and valuable.

And to be truthful, like karenmarie, I did tuck away the book covers that were in halfway decent condition.

May 10, 2012, 9:21pm Top

I would never clip a cover, write in a book, fold a corner or read a book in the bathtub. I've been collecting books from 9 years old over 50 years now. I love books and can't stand to see them damaged in any way. I do have many hurt books and also ex library books. They reflect the ideas and imagination of our world and maybe the only record we leave to the future. Every book deserves our respect.

May 10, 2012, 9:38pm Top

I recently had a good old used '70s paperback of Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain. It cost about 45 cents and, of course it took forever to finish. The binding began to fall apart, so for months I ended up leaving musty, yellowed leafs of MM in airport wastebaskets, all over the country.

May 11, 2012, 5:09am Top

As I remember some publishers used to do that to their books if the price on the dust jacket no longer applied - for example if the books got remaindered.

May 11, 2012, 7:28am Top

>27 Sandydog1: - so it was you! I thought it was some kind of CIA code.

May 11, 2012, 9:55am Top

There was an academic publisher who was giving away remainders in my community (low-income/disadvantaged, no doubt in need of a literacy boost), probably as a way to use their overstock for a tax deduction. They clipped the first inch or two of the entire right side of the front cover. I tried to add back with cardstock and wide tape, but I eventually just disposed of the most of them. It was too depressing to use them. They felt wrong in the hand.

May 11, 2012, 9:54pm Top

>29 Cecrow:

Yeah, 2-4 of 600+ pages, scattered across the USA.

>30 2wonderY:

My sister used to work at a paperback distributor and she'd knick returned books all the time. Every single one had the front cover torn off.

May 11, 2012, 10:42pm Top

Some of my older books (from the 90s or late 80s I think) were having dotted lines in the corner where the price is - so you can clip without scissors... Almost as if it was expected to remove the corner...

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