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Edition vs. Volume: Know the Difference

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Edition refers to a particular form or version of a published text, while volume is a single book or a part of a work in a series.
Edition vs. Volume

Key Differences

Edition is a term used in publishing to denote a version of a printed text. It often signifies changes or revisions from previous versions. This could be due to updates, corrections, or modifications. Volume, on the other hand, is a distinct physical book, especially when part of a collection or series. It represents a division of a larger work, allowing for ease of handling and reading.
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In the context of books, an edition can reflect significant updates in content, design, or additional features such as illustrations. Each edition is unique and often has a specific print run. Conversely, a volume is a unit of a larger work, divided for practical reasons. For instance, an encyclopedia might be divided into several volumes, each bound as a separate book.
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The value of a particular edition can vary based on rarity, the significance of changes, or the presence of notable features (like author's signatures). Collectors often seek first editions due to their uniqueness. In contrast, a volume is not typically valued for its edition but for its content and the role it plays within the complete work.
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Edition also applies to other media, like music or art, where it indicates a version or form of a work. This usage underscores the idea of revisions or different presentations of the same work. Meanwhile, a volume in contexts outside of books usually refers to the amount of space an object occupies, showing its versatility in usage.
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The choice between an edition and a volume depends on the user's need. If seeking a particular version of a text with specific features or updates, one looks for an edition. However, if one needs a part of a larger work or a manageable segment of a comprehensive text, they would seek out a specific volume.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A version of a published text.
A single book or part of a series.
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Purpose

Reflects updates or revisions.
Divides larger works into manageable parts.
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Collectibility

Valued for rarity or specific features.
Valued for content within the series.
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Usage in Media

Applies to books, music, art, etc.
Primarily in books, also refers to spatial capacity.
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User Need

Specific version or features of a text.
Part of a larger work or a single book in a series.
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Edition and Volume Definitions

Edition

Edition is a specific version of a published work.
The second edition of the novel included additional chapters.
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Volume

In audio, volume denotes the level of sound.
Turn up the volume; I can't hear the music.
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Edition

An edition often includes updates or supplementary material.
The latest edition of the textbook includes recent research findings.
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Volume

Volume can indicate a large quantity or amount.
The volume of work this week has been overwhelming.
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Edition

Edition refers to a particular printing of a work, often limited in number.
She owns a limited edition signed by the author.
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Volume

A collection of written or printed sheets bound together; a book.
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Edition

Edition can denote a variant form of a work in other media, like art.
The artist released a new edition of her famous print.
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Volume

One of the books of a work printed and bound in more than one book.
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Edition

An edition signifies a reprinting of a work with significant changes.
The revised edition corrected previous errors.
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Volume

A series of issues of a periodical, usually covering one calendar year.
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Edition

The entire number of copies of a publication issued at one time or from a single set of type.
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Volume

A unit of written material assembled together and cataloged in a library.
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Edition

A single copy from this group.
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Volume

A roll of parchment; a scroll.
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Edition

The form in which a publication is issued
A paperback edition of a novel.
An annotated edition of Shakespeare.
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Volume

The amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space, expressed in cubic units.
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Edition

A version of an earlier publication having substantial changes or additions
A newly revised edition of a standard reference work.
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Volume

The capacity of such a region or of a specified container, expressed in cubic units.
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Edition

All the copies of a specified issue of a newspaper
The morning edition.
The Sunday edition.
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Volume

Amount; quantity:a low volume of business; a considerable volume of lumber.
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Edition

A broadcast of a radio or television news program
Thursday's edition of the six o'clock news.
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Volume

OftenvolumesA large amount:volumes of praise.
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Edition

The entire number of like or identical items issued or produced as a set
A limited edition of early jazz recordings.
A signed edition of a group of lithographs.
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Volume

The amplitude or loudness of a sound.
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Edition

Any of the various or successive forms in which something is offered or presented
This year's edition of fall fashions from Paris.
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Volume

A control, as on a radio, for adjusting amplitude or loudness.
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Edition

One that closely resembles an original; a version
The boy was a smaller edition of his father.
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Volume

A three-dimensional measure of space that comprises a length, a width and a height. It is measured in units of cubic centimeters in metric, cubic inches or cubic feet in English measurement.
The room is 9x12x8, so its volume is 864 cubic feet.
The proper products can improve your hair's volume.
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Edition

(publishing) A written work edited and published, as by a certain editor or in a certain manner, or at a certain time.
She wanted a copy of the Clericotes edition, but had to settle for the 1921 edition. She had never liked abridged editions.
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Volume

Strength of sound; loudness.
Please turn down the volume on the stereo.
Volume can be measured in decibels.
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Edition

The whole number of copies of a work printed and published at one time.
The first edition was soon sold.
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Volume

The issues of a periodical over a period of one year.
I looked at this week's copy of the magazine. It was volume 23, issue 45.
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Edition

An instance of [1] or [2]:
What he had found was a particularly valuable first edition.
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Volume

A bound book.
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Edition

(sport) A particular instance of an event.
The 2014 edition of the Tour de France started in Leeds, Yorkshire.
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Volume

A single book of a publication issued in multi-book format, such as an encyclopedia.
The letter "G" was found in volume 4.
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Edition

A literary work edited and published, as by a certain editor or in a certain manner; as, a good edition of Chaucer; Chalmers' edition of Shakespeare.
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Volume

A great amount (of meaning) about something.
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Edition

The whole number of copies of a work printed and published at one time; as, the first edition was soon sold.
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Volume

(obsolete) A roll or scroll, which was the form of ancient books.
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Edition

The form in which a text (especially a printed book) is published
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Volume

Quantity.
The volume of ticket sales decreased this week.
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Edition

All of the identical copies of something offered to the public at the same time;
The first edition appeared in 1920
It was too late for the morning edition
They issued a limited edition of Bach recordings
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Volume

A rounded mass or convolution.
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Edition

An issue of a newspaper;
He read it in yesterday's edition of the Times
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Volume

(economics) The total supply of money in circulation or, less frequently, total amount of credit extended, within a specified national market or worldwide.
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Edition

Something a little different from others of the same type;
An experimental version of the night fighter
An emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone
The boy is a younger edition of his father
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Volume

(computing) An accessible storage area with a single file system, typically resident on a single partition of a hard disk.
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Volume

(bodybuilding) The total of weight worked by a muscle in one training session, the weight of every single repetition summed up.
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Volume

(intransitive) To be conveyed through the air, waft.
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Volume

(transitive) To cause to move through the air, waft.
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Volume

(intransitive) To swell.
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Volume

A roll; a scroll; a written document rolled up for keeping or for use, after the manner of the ancients.
The papyrus, and afterward the parchment, was joined together [by the ancients] to form one sheet, and then rolled upon a staff into a volume (volumen).
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Volume

Hence, a collection of printed sheets bound together, whether containing a single work, or a part of a work, or more than one work; a book; a tome; especially, that part of an extended work which is bound up together in one cover; as, a work in four volumes.
An odd volume of a set of books bears not the value of its proportion to the set.
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Volume

Anything of a rounded or swelling form resembling a roll; a turn; a convolution; a coil.
So glides some trodden serpent on the grass,And long behind wounded volume trails.
Undulating billows rolling their silver volumes.
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Volume

Dimensions; compass; space occupied, as measured by cubic units, that is, cubic inches, feet, yards, etc.; mass; bulk; as, the volume of an elephant's body; a volume of gas.
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Volume

Amount, fullness, quantity, or caliber of voice or tone.
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Volume

The amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object;
The gas expanded to twice its original volume
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Volume

The property of something that is great in magnitude;
It is cheaper to buy it in bulk
He received a mass of correspondence
The volume of exports
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Volume

Physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together;
He used a large book as a doorstop
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Volume

A publication that is one of a set of several similar publications;
The third volume was missing
He asked for the 1989 volume of the Annual Review
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Volume

A relative amount;
Mix one volume of the solution with ten volumes of water
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Volume

The magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction);
The kids played their music at full volume
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Volume

Volume is a single book, especially part of a multi-book series.
Volume three of the series is my favorite.
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Volume

Volume refers to the amount of space an object occupies.
The volume of the container is two liters.
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Volume

In trading, volume refers to the quantity of stocks traded.
The stock market experienced high trading volume today.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What determines a new edition of a book?

A new edition is determined by significant changes like revised content, additional chapters, updated information, or a new format.
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Is each volume in a series considered a separate edition?

No, each volume in a series is a separate part of the whole work, not a different edition.
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Can a book have multiple editions?

Yes, a book can have multiple editions, each reflecting updates, revisions, or changes from the previous versions.
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How is a volume different from a book?

A volume is a single book, especially when part of a series or collection.
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Can an edition be part of a volume?

Yes, an edition can be contained within a volume if the volume is part of a larger work.
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How does 'volume' differ in audio context?

In audio, 'volume' refers to the loudness or intensity of sound, unrelated to books or publishing.
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What is an edition in publishing?

An edition is a particular form or version of a published text, often revised or updated.
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Are 'edition' and 'volume' interchangeable terms?

No, 'edition' and 'volume' are not interchangeable; 'edition' refers to the version of a text, while 'volume' is a single book or part of a work.
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Can a single book have multiple volumes?

Yes, a single work can be divided into multiple volumes, especially if it is lengthy.
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Can 'volume' be used to describe digital books?

Yes, 'volume' can describe parts of digital books or series, similar to physical books.
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Does the volume of a book affect its price?

Not directly; price is more influenced by factors like edition, demand, and condition, rather than the volume number.
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Do libraries classify books by edition or volume?

Libraries may classify books by both, depending on whether the focus is on the version of the work (edition) or its division into parts (volume).
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Does 'volume' refer to physical size?

In the context of books, 'volume' refers to a single book or part of a series, not its physical size.
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How do publishers decide to release a new edition?

Publishers consider factors like significant content updates, market demand, and the need to incorporate new information.
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How does 'edition' apply to non-print media?

In non-print media, 'edition' can refer to different versions of a work, such as in music, art, or digital formats.
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Can an edition exist without any changes from a previous one?

Typically, a new edition implies some level of change or update from previous versions.
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Can a volume have its own title different from the main work?

Yes, volumes can have their own titles, especially in multi-part series or collections.
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Is the first edition of a book always the most valuable?

Often, but not always. The value of a first edition depends on factors like rarity, demand, and historical significance.
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Are volumes always numbered sequentially?

Generally, volumes are numbered sequentially, but there may be exceptions based on the work's structure.
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What is a limited edition?

A limited edition is a special version of a work produced in a restricted quantity, often featuring unique characteristics.
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Is a revised edition the same as a second edition?

A revised edition is a type of second edition, but not all second editions are necessarily labeled as revised.
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