Effect of Producing a Second Edition of a Book on Book Reviews

I am considering revising/extending my “Selected Poems”, as there is new material which I would like to include. Consequently I am thinking of producing a second edition.

I would be grateful for the advice of my readers regarding whether a second edition would mean that the reviews in respect of the current (and only edition) would be lost? Or is it possible to publish a second edition whilst keeping the reviews for the first one?

You can find my “Selected Poems” here, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WW8WXPP/

Any advice would be gratefully received.


18 thoughts on “Effect of Producing a Second Edition of a Book on Book Reviews

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your comment, Chris. I did indeed ask Amazon, however they sent me a link to information on their website about how to link the paperback edition of a book to the e-book version I’m sure my question was phrased extremely clearly, however the answer I got back was not helpful as it didn’t answer the question posed.

      I thought that perhaps other author/poets who have produced a second edition might be able to help, hence the post.


  1. cagedunn

    In this country, the legalities of a second edition means a new number (ISBN or similar), and the changes must be ‘significant’ for it to be considered a new edition. What that would mean is that the book is ‘new’ and ‘different’ enough that it’s not an update and would lose the reviews.
    However, that’s an assumption, and we all know about those blighters.
    Maybe it’s better to do a new book?

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your helpful comment. I understand that a new edition (containing significant differences from the first one) would not carry the reviews of the original. However, what I am not sure of is whether the first edition (assuming it is still available) would continue to retain it’s reviews. I guess that most second editions would mean the deletion of the first edition, so perhaps my question is an academic one. Thanks again. Kevin

  2. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    I think you can link different editions of the book – like you would for different formats – so the reviews will appear on all editions, but I’m not 100% certain, so don’t quote me on that. I know you can on Goodreads, but only think you can on Amazon.

    Personally, rather than risking review complications, I’d just hold out until I have enough poems I wanted to put in a collection to produce a new collection, and bring out a new title rather than doing a second edition of the same title… Even if I just called it “Selected Poems, Volume 2” or “More Selected Poems” or something along those lines. But that’s just me.

  3. Jemima Pett

    I’ve done this a couple of times and there’s no good answer… The standard way is to publish it as a new title through KDP and call it edition 2, but if you do that it will get a new ASIN and be treated as a new book.
    The alternative is to edit your current title’s description, call it Ed 2, and say it’s edition 2 in the blurb (you may say what’s different, or why it’s a second edition, for clarity). This way you replace the first edition, and keep its reviews. But it shows the original date.
    If you did it the first way, you could combine them into one edition on Goodreads. But unless it’s changed, not on Amazon.
    I did mine ithe second way. Even though I say in the blurb it had the start rewritten in response to the reviews, those reviews still stand, and I wonder whether they put people off. Maybe I should have gone for the first method after all!
    Good luck.

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks. That is extremely helpful.

      When you say “edit the title’s description”, do you mean changing the title to simply say “The Selected Poems of J Blogs” to “The Selected Poems of J Blogs” (Second edition)? or are we talking about another field?

      Thanks again and thank you for the good wishes. Kevin


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