textbook reprints - neccesary?

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tobias.k
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hi,

if you know anything about textbooks, could ya please lend some advice?

i need to buy 'Introduction to Metallurgy' by sir alan cottrell for uni. there's a 1979 print and a 1995 print. both are second edition.

is the newer reprint neccesary? like will there be new content, or is it just a facelift?

older one is cheaper, you know how money be

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Hi there,

Firstly I would see if there a copy of either textbook in the library - which would save your money.

If not then I would recommend going for the newer version of the book if there are new chapters in there, particularly if the difference in cost between them is minimal - if the difference is significant then the older version will be fine it might just mean some of the pages / chapters might not match up exactly with what is referred too in lectures, but I'm sure you will be able to work that out anyway

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(Original post by tobias.k)
if you know anything about textbooks, could ya please lend some advice?

i need to buy 'Introduction to Metallurgy' by sir alan cottrell for uni. there's a 1979 print and a 1995 print. both are second edition.

is the newer reprint neccesary? like will there be new content, or is it just a facelift?
A reprint is normally just that -- another printing of the same book.

Sometimes there might be minor changes.

Here's a definition from the publishing industry:

What’s the difference between a reprint and a new edition?

A reprint means more copies are being printed with no substantial changes. Perhaps a few typos are being fixed. A new edition means that there has been substantial change: content has been altered in a way that might make a customer complain that this was not the product that was expected. Or, text has been changed to add a new feature, such as a preface or appendix or additional content. Or, content has been revised. Or, the book has been redesigned.
(from https://www.isbn.org/faqs_formats_reprints_editions)
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