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Reprint Editions

If you are reprinting a work originally published by another a publisher, use the Electronic CIP Application and submit a CIP Data Application for Reprint Edition.

If you are reprinting a work originally published by your firm within the previous ten years, you may not need to request CIP data for the reprint edition, depending on the following considerations:

  • CIP data was provided for the original edition
  • CIP data was not provided for the original edition

CIP Data was Provided for the Original Edition

A. If the only difference between the original edition and the new reprint (whether the new printing is essentially being reprinted for stock or is a paperback or hardcover reissue) consists of:

  1. a new printing date, e.g., "First printing, 2002," "2002 printing," "First printing in paperback, 2002," etc. (Notice, however, that under current LC practice, the statement "Reprinted 2002" is treated as a new publication date and falls under B.3 below), AND/OR
  2. the variant format for the reprint edition, e.g., paperback vs. hardcover, AND/OR
  3. a new ISBN assigned to the reprint, AND/OR
  4. the presence of a new series that exists solely for the purpose of indicating that items in the series are in a particular format, e.g., in paperback (some publishers do issue such series.),

new CIP data is not needed. Print the original CIP data unaltered in the reprint edition. Do not replace the original ISBN with the ISBN for the reprint edition. Do not replace the original date with the date of the reprint edition. You may, of course, provide the new ISBN (and printing date) on the new copyright page, but locate it "outside" the CIP data for the original edition.

B. However, if the reprint edition includes:

  1. a change to the publisher's name or form of the publisher's name, OR is being issued under a different imprint of the same publisher, OR
  2. a new copyright date, OR
  3. a new publication date. e.g., "Reprinted 2002," "First published in paperback 2002," "Reprint edition 2002," etc., OR
  4. a new edition statement, e.g., "Revised Edition," "Second Edition," "First Paperback Edition," etc., OR
  5. a substantive new series (Cf. by contrast "A.4" above), OR
  6. a change to the title page, e.g., the title or subtitle has changed or the new title page has, for example, an added "With a new preface" statement, OR
  7. a change to the pagination resulting from additional textual material,

the reprint edition qualifies for new CIP data. That is, the new reprint technically qualifies as a new edition according to Library of Congress cataloging practice. If the Library were to acquire the new reprint for its collection, a new catalog record would need to be created for the reprint edition under a new Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN).

However, in order to conserve resources, if the differing elements of your reprint of a work originally published within the previous ten years fall under "B." above, we suggest that you print the original CIP data in the new reprint edition, BUT replace the standard CIP legend ("Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data") with the following:

The Library of Congress has cataloged the hardcover edition as follows:
[Print the CIP data for the original edition minus the standard CIP legend.]

In the new legend, you may vary the designation of the original edition as appropriate, e.g., "... the hardcover edition" or, if a new paperback reprint is being issued under the publisher’s paperback imprint, "... the [imprint used on the original] edition," etc. Make no other changes to the data. Do not replace the original ISBN with the ISBN for the reprint edition. Do not replace the original date with the date of the reprint edition. You may, of course, provide the new ISBN (and copyright and/or publication date) on the new copyright page, but locate it "outside" the CIP data for the original edition.

On the other hand, if the original edition was published ten years ago or earlier and/or the differing elements of the reprint edition fall under "B." above, apply for new CIP data for the reprint edition.

CIP Data was not Provided for the Original Edition

Although CIP data may not have been provided for the original edition, the Library of Congress may have cataloged the original edition. If so, an LCCN will have been assigned to the catalog record for that edition.

If the differing elements of your reprint of a book originally published within the last ten years fall under "A." above, please contact your CIP Publisher Liaison and ask if an LCCN is available for the original edition. If so, the Liaison will provide the LCCN which you may print as follows in the place of CIP data on the copyright page of the reprint edition:

Library of Congress Control Number: [Print the LCCN provided]

If the differing elements of your reprint of a book originally published ten years ago or earlier fall under "B." above, submit a new CIP Data Application for the reprint edition.