Technical Reading of Books
- To determine subject of a book;
- To assign classification number;
- To accelerate the number of books to be catalogued per day, and
- To save time in processing.
- Author’s designation, which can reveal the subject of specialization.
- Degree/ qualifications to know academic background.
- Institution where he works also reveals the subject of the books.
- Author’s information on title page, introduction, dust jacket.
- Main title: It will be self-explanatory if it is a textbook, introduced with phrase like “An introduction to”, “Essentials of”, “A text book of”, etc. Many books are however of abstract nature, whose main title is rather misleading and the sub-title, if any helps the information scientist to determine the subject contain of the book.
- Subtitle: It is called an explanatorytitle or a secondary title that amplifies or states limitation of the main title, e.g. Communication: an introduction to the history of writing, printing, books and libraries/ by Elmer D. Johnson.
- Alternative title: It is a form of subtitle introduced by “or”.
- Cover title: It is a title printed on the cover.
- Binder’s title: This is lettered by the binder on the original spine. It can be used when the title page is missing.
- Running title: This is repeated on the top of each page, or alternate page.
- Caption title: It is sometimes printed at the head of the first page of the text.
- Ist ed.
- Revised ed.
- Revised and enlarged ed.
- Abridged ed. or Epitomes, i.e. DDC 8th abridged ed. for the standard 16th ed.
- Expurgated ed.: when objectionable part is deleted.
information, or for development of a poet’s work, while latest edition is
required for up-to-date information.
4. Imprint: This includes Place, Publisher and Date/Year of copyright date of publication.
- McGraw-Hill is noted for standard books on Science and Technology.
- Skira for books on Art.
5. Collation: This includes pagination or volumes and illustration. Illustration includes frontispiece, diagrams, figures, maps, photos, plans, plates, portraits, table etc. A standard research work generally includes these items. Volumes are the division an author or publisher makes to a specific work for convenient classification of form like Poetry, Prose, Fiction, Drama, Songs of an author. Different volumes may have different title also.
9. Standard Number: This includes:
- i. International Standard Book Number (ISBN),
- ii. International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), and
- iii. Standard Book Number (SBN),
generally mentioned on the verso of the title page, or sometimes on the back cover. This number is an indicative of the geographical area from which the book has been published.