As I mentioned on Sunday, several people have asked about the availabilty of this year’s Newbery winner, WHEN YOU REACH ME, in first edition.
Unlike some titles which are published to little fanfare and grow in popularity due to good reviews and word-of-mouth enthusiasm, Rebecca Stead's novel had a lot of buzz right from the start. In fact, the publisher, Wendy Lamb Books, actually issued two versions of the ARC (advance reading copy) before publication. There are several cosmetic differences between these two versions; the first has a coated cover, the second does not. There are also variations in color, the size of the editor's signature at the beginning of the volume, etc. The first ARC contains a quote from Einstein on page 9, while the second ARC has the book’s dedication on that page. The second version also has the Library of Congress CIP (cataloging-in-publication) info on the copyright page, and the Acknowledgements and “About the Author” at the end of the volume.
I have learned that the initial printing for WHEN YOU REACH ME was about 8500 copies. However, there was so much buzz about the book that additional printings were ordered before the actual publication date of July 14. This is why some copies delivered to bookstores on publication day were already second printings. If your copy does not have the complete line of printing numbers on the copyright page (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1) it is not a first printing. If the first number on that page is a "2," you have a second printing. If the first number is a "3," it's a third printing, etc.
As of last week, the book was in its 15th printing -- and there's no doubt that WHEN YOU REACH ME will be going back for many more BIG printings now it's won the Newbery!