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Steve Best | 328 comments Hi
I'm confused over the cover for the SF Masterworks versions of this book.

I currently own (From the ISBN 9781407230078)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

However the cover on mine is...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

They both suggest printing in 2006 at a retail price of £6.99. My copy looks brand new and retails for £8.99 so would suggest a reprint of likely the last few years. The only reference in the book is printed in 2006!

Is it possible the 'real' 2006 version is this one as I believe.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

and the two I displayed first are the same, reprinted later, with the alternative cover and a different ISBN? My copy has 252 pages.

What do you think?


Steve Best | 328 comments Just found another link for an ebook version with the newer cover.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=z...

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Title Rendezvous With Rama
S.F. MASTERWORKS
Author Arthur C. Clarke
Edition reprint
Publisher Hachette UK, 2012
ISBN 0575088001, 9780575088009
Length 246 pages


Perhaps my paperback copy is also a reprint from 2012c ???


message 3: by David (last edited Feb 05, 2017 01:02PM) (new)

David Raz (davidraz) | 4070 comments Let me make this even odder.
We have:
A. Image 1, on ISBN 9781407230078 (252 pages) Rendezvous with Rama
B. Image 2, no ISBN (246 pages) Rendezvous with Rama
C. Image 1, on ISBN 9780575077331 (253 pages) Rendezvous with Rama

You say you have:
Image 2, on ISBN 9781407230078 (252 pages)

Now Amazon has:
Image 1, on ISBN 9781407230078 (252 pages)
Image 2, on ISBN 9780575077331 (256 pages)

So my guess is, image 1 was replaced by image 2 on all editions. The simplest solution is to assume the 246 pages on B is a mistake and set it as an alternative cover edition of A. Then add an additional alternative cover edition for C.


Steve Best | 328 comments Without definite proof of the situation that sounds like the best you can do for now.
Perhaps the 246 page image should have been added as an ebook as well, per the link in my second post? This ebook is also not listed on goodreads.


message 5: by David (last edited Feb 05, 2017 01:25PM) (new)

David Raz (davidraz) | 4070 comments I did as planned. Made B an ACE of A.
Added new edition as ACE of C.

I'm not sure I want to add google books to the pot.
The ISBN it lists is 9780575088009 and the publisher is Hachette. On Amazon, that ISBN is for publisher Gateway. But worse, it has an ASIN of B0079MRDIE. Guess what, we have it: Rendezvous with Rama and cover image 3 is in da house. I'm going to be content at solving your own conundrum and leave this mess to someone who really needs a head ache.


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