On a Mission (To Find That Edition)

March 19, 2012

Confusion can arise when publishers issue new editions with different titles. I just want to point out the phenomenon.

A recent RINC for the original book The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage by Stormie Omartian is a case in point.  It looks like the customer wasn’t finding the original book and thought we only had the prayer and study guide, which is indeed called The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage.  It turns out, however, that we did own this book, just under its original published title of Praying Through the Deeper Issues of Marriage.  I did go ahead, however, and place an order for three copies of the 2009 edition with the corresponding title.  There was a note in The Power… indicating it was originally published as Praying Through…, but the connection did not strike me as obvious.

Something similar happened when Elizabeth Gilbert published her divorce memoir Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage in 2010.  The 2011 paperback ended up with a slightly different title, namely Committed : A Love Story.  We have both editions, and they cannot be merged because a title change is one of the things that prevents that.  Again, there is an “originally published” note in a 500 field of the Love Story record.

I had a friend in college who had been an exchange student in Adelaide and said he saw the Leslie Nielsen movie “Airplane” there, but for some reason in Australia it was called “Flying High.”  It makes you wonder why.

I think Lrrr of Omicron Persei 8 might say “This title changing confuses and angers me.” I would have to agree.

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Posted by Darren



One Response to “On a Mission (To Find That Edition)”

  1. ruth Says:

    Or Sir Topham Hatt would say “this title change has caused confusion and delay”. (for those of you living with Thomas the tank engine fans…)

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