Re: [ACAT] It is not 2014 yet.

On 20/11/2013 22.51, Vicki Niehaus wrote:

Why am I getting new materials with publication dates and/or copyright dates of 2014 in the MARC records?

If I am holding the book in my hand, it was published in 2013.

Is it possible to have a future copyright date?

One of our esteemed alums from this list, Mike Tribby, wrote about the situation: “Copyright Notice vs. Publication Date”

Because I spent so many years working in grocery stores, I can’t help but see it as a way for publishers to get more “shelf life” out of a book. People naturally tend to want to choose the newest things, be it the newest carton of milk, or the newest book. So, a book with the publication date of the next year, e.g. 2014, will look “newer” to potential customers in the future. Someone will look at the book next year and think, “Oh! It’s just been published”. If they see 2014 now, they are confused but not suspicious.

Grocery stores would absolutely love to be able to take a carton of eggs and add a few days to the expiration date, but that would be called fraud. Things seem to be different when talking about books.