Refers to the condition of a book that is sufficiently worn.
A book in poor condition; it may be scuffed, stained, soiled, spotted, and have a raggedy binding, and therefore not be collectible, but it does contain the complete text. Also called a working copy. See also condition.
Where the condition of the book is poor but the content and text is still legible.
A very worn or rubbed copy suitable for reading but not for displaying or collecting.
A Comic in a condition that further general handling will not cause more damage.
well-worn, possibly abused copy of a book
A book in fairly poor, and not collectable condition, good only for reading.
a book which is not in collectable condition but the text is complete and may be of use to some one who wants to merely read it.
a book that could be used for reading/reference
When the condition of a book is so worn or used that it is considered not to have a collectors value, but still can be read and enjoyed. [Back to the Top
A nice way of describing a book that is complete in text and plates, but so badly worn or soiled that in its current condition it is good only for reading, and cannot be considered “collectible” in this condition. Also tends to suggest that the book has faults that make it not worth rebinding, else it might be described as a “Binding Copy”.
a book that is significantly worn so that its only merit is the complete text.
A comic that is in Fair to Good condition (ONE 5-34) and is often used for research. The condition has been sufficiently reduced to the point where general handling will not degrade it further.
whole and sound, but not considered collectible at this time and in its current condition
A book which has little or no value as a collectible item, but has complete text.
A copy of a book that is worn or used to such a degree that it is not in good enough condition to be considered collectible.
The reading copy of a book is usually well-used, may include highlighting or marginalia, and is suitable for reading, but is usually not collectible. This is a term used in the used book business, to indicate the lack of collectible value, while claiming that the book is in sufficiently good condition for a purchaser whose interest is primarily in actually reading the book. A reading copy is typically less expensive than a collectible copy.