After writing the post on Upcoming Small & University Press Titles
, I decided to get Laia Jufresa's Umami
which had a first English print run of 7, 500 copies. Amazon was
the only one who had it in stock, so I ordered it. (Although, to make myself feel better, I ordered it through Amazon Smile so a percentage of the sale would benefit Hirsch Wellness Network
, a cancer support organization I work with). Of course, now Powell's
has it in stock too.
: I just have to say, it always feels like a crap shoot with Amazon and books that have small first print runs because you never know if Amazon will send you a first or later printing. They've been known, when something sells out, to just tell you your book will have a longer than usual delivery date. This is a red-flag that your copy will most likely not
be a first printing—this happened to me with the Mark Twain autobiography
(not that I'm bitter).
Because this book is published by a smaller press, the copyright page looks a little different from the standard. Instead of a number line and the phrase "First Edition," it has a "first published" statement. In this case:
"First published in North America, Great Britain and Australia by Oneworld Publications, 2016."
It should be noted that this is actually a "First thus," (or First English edition) because it was originally published in Spanish by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial in 2015.
Labels: 2016, fiction, first print run, In the Post, Laia Jufresa, small press, umami