Frequently Asked Questions

Which edition is ——?

These web-books are intended to be new editions — Web editions — rather than facsimiles of previous editions. The key objectives are accessibility and readability. The implication of this is that we have generally made no attempt to retain pagination or other textual references which may have been in the source edition. Pagination is an artefact of the printed medium — a work is divided into pages simply because they are the units of publication in a paper format. With web editions, the unit of publication is the web page, which may be a complete chapter, section or even the entire work.

In many cases, the original edition from which the plain text version was produced is not known. Where it is known, this is usually stated on the title verso page. (After the title page.)

Sometimes, the plain text edition was created from multiple print editions. This may or may not matter, depending on your needs. For example, if you are studying Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, then it will probably be important to know whether you have the first or third edition. If you are reading it for pleasure then you probably don’t care.

I suggest that if you are looking for an authoritative edition of the work, then you should seek out a print copy in your nearest library. On the other hand, if you just want a good read, this web edition should be fine.

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