MongoGutman wrote:For me, I'm only interested in the novels, and it doesn't matter to me one whit if it's a pristine dragonskin-bound tome signed by Duke Samuel himself or a coverless dog eared paperback found in a gutter - the words are the same. Nearly all the rest is just junk - the maps, the cookbooks, the various editions
Except that they aren't the same. I have bought both the UK and the US versions for years because there have been changes made by the different editors. Theoretically they are only made to clarify unfamiliar words and phrases (the assumption seems to be that Americans don't know UK colloquialisms, which is wrong for the actual market, those of us who read British books), but in The Truth, a change in a comma made a significant difference in the characterization of a villain, and a significant one-word line was left out, which affected another villain. There were possibly a hundred other small changes that made no major difference. (So why did they bother to make them? The editors seem to feel they must change something.) I'm not talking about spelling but actual changes in the sentences; sometimes whole paragraphs are rewritten.
I have not bought the special editions, though I trust that all the UK-published ones are the same (except for the "added material" ones).