CD sound guides,DVD etc
The following information may help when choosing a product from our sound and vision department.
CD - (Compact Disc). Playable on both a CD player and a computer Sound only.Some Cd's will carry extra information,such as a visual content only viewable using a computer.
CD-ROM -(Compact Disc Read only memory) Playable on a computer.Usually interactive with both sound and vision.
DVD -(Digital Video disc) .Playable on a DVD player
DVD-ROM - (digital Video read only memory). Usually interactive and playable on a computer.
VIDEO - (Tape) playable using a video cassette recorder
Cassette - (Tape) playable using a cassette recorder.
MP3 file. Digital recording in MP3 format. Playable on a computer or an MP3 player such as an ipod or in car device.Can also be copied to a CD or other digital storage option.
The glossary will hopefully help with the book-related terms that you may be unfamiliar with.This is designed to help you make a decision about any potential purchase.It is not a definative guide as there are many different terms used to describe books.In truth being a mail order company with no fascility for the public to 'handle' books has helped us keep all of our stock in excellent condition especially the 'modern' titles (up to twenty years old) Poysers, Helm etc.
All books are sold on the basis of a full refund option if you are not satisfied for any reason with your purchase.
The condition of a used book is usually written as example VG/VG, Fine/Good, VG/good etc. The first part of this description is the condition of the book, the second part is the condition of the dust jacket.Typically ;-
'Fine in Dust wrapper' which means that the book is in excellent condition, may / may not have an inscription, and the dust wrapper is unfaded and complete.
Mint as new new means no inscriptions, not price clipped as you would expect to find a book from a high street book seller New.
Very good- perhaps slightly creased on the dust wrapper but the contents clean , bright and undamaged.
Poor /tatty. A generally readable book of definate interest.All other stock is normally donated to charity.
TEG - Top edge Gilt
AEG - All edges Gilt
Antiquarian - Refers to old books (usually books placed in this section will be pre-1920)
Binding - The book cover
Binding Copy - Usually a quality book which has a badly damaged cover but is worth re-binding
Boards or Laminated boards - The stiff binding material for modern hardback books.
Bookplate - A pasted-in label that usually bears the previous owners name.Antiquarian book plates can often be works of art in themselves.
Buckram - A heavy linen cloth used in book binding
Chipped - used as a descriptive term for books which have a small tear or part of the spine dustwrapper missing.This damage happens when books are removed from bookshelves by the top of the spine.Always 'push in' the books that are either side, this will give easy access to a desired title.
Ex-lib - An ex-library book.Always less valuable.
First Edition - When the book was first published.
Foxed or Foxing - Brown spotting of the paper caused by a chemical reaction, generally found in 19th century books.
Frontis, or Frontispiece - Illustration at the beginning of a book, usually facing the title page.
Limited Edition - Any book whose publication is deliberately restricted to a comparatively small number of copies, usually numbered and often signed by the author and/or illustrator.
Marbled boards - cover decorated with an imitation marble pattern.
Out-of-Print - A book no longer being printed.
Paperback - any book with a paper cover.
Rare / Scarce - the book is extremely scarce, usually in demand and seldom on the open market.
General birding terms
Of course, none of these things below are essential to enjoy birds, but if you are curious, here are some of them.........
Birding / birders - Modern name for birdwatching / birdwatcher
Twitching /twitcher - Person who has a passion for rare and unusual birds, often travelling great distances to 'Twitch' a rare visitor to Britain.
Resident /migrant/vagrant - Resident bird,one that stays in this country all year round.Migrant birds are visitors to this country such as Swallow some stay to breed others are winter visitors.Vagrants are irregular ,rare visitors to this country
LBJ's - Little brown jobs, or unidentified warblers etc.
Jizz - (now written) .Comes from second world war ID of aircraft, but refers to a birds 'General impression , shape and size.' the characteristics appearance or attitude.
Morph - A plumage variation such as 'melanic' i.e a dark or black morph sometimes seen in harriers.
Eclipse - the moult in ducks.