Brookline University was originally published as an online serial that ran from 1998 to 2005. In 2005, I compiled the series into 4 books and started to edit them. The books were released in 2008 (Freshman Year), 2011 (Sophomore Year), 2012 (Junior Year) and 2014 (Senior Year).
Over the years, there have been changes made to the books – small changes like spelling corrections and huge changes like dropping entire chapters.
Later this year, I’ll be releasing newer versions with some ret-conned changes (but not enough to warrant an Edition 3 and new ISBNs) – I don’t know yet if this will affect all books in the series or just some. But, I will be making a post with a detailed list of all changes for those that don’t want to repurchase. Honestly, most of the changes are so small I doubt you guys will notice!
So my next few blog posts will be detail what versions of Brookline University are out there. They’ve gone through a few incarnations over the years, so you can check here to see which version(s) you own:
Freshman Year had print versions out years before digital ones, so there are more changes to the print versions. The first print version was released April 15, 2008 (ten years ago yesterday!) while digital was released in 2011 to coincide with the Sophomore Year release.
2008 Hollow Version (1st Edition, Fall Cover) – 2008 copyright. The “hollow” version refers to the chapter numbers. They are hollow outlines. These ones say Vancouver, BC on the title page, have a block style dedication page, and while the text is Times New Roman 10 pt (I believe), the page numbers are TNR 12 pt. This version has a big error – chapter 21 is labelled 22, so it appears to skip from 20 to 22. The book is technically 21 chapters (but shows 22), and 256 pages. The margins are quite thin at the top and sides.
2008 Solid Version (1st Edition, Fall Cover) – 2008 copyright. The chapter numbers are now solid, there is no Vancouver listed on the title page, the dedication is no longer in block form, and the biggest change is to the margins, which are wider. This increased the page count to 262 pages. The chapter numbering issue was corrected, so this shows 21 chapters. It’s done in TNR 10 pt.
2008, 2014 Edited Version (1st Edition, Fall Cover) – 2008, 2014 copyright. A major change was made to this version – two chapters were dropped. Chapter 10 and Chapter 20 from the original 2008 releases were dropped, so the book is now 19 chapters and 239 pages. This edited version was released when Senior Year was published, around October 2014.
2011 Digital Versions (1st Edition, Fall Cover) – Freshman Year became available digitally on October 20, 2011. Originally it came to Amazon via Lulu, and when I got a KDP account and went direct with them, it was December 3, 2013, so there are different listed publishing dates for the digital versions on Goodreads. There are two possible versions of this release – a 21 chapter and a 19 chapter, dependent on when it was purchased (pre-2014 will have 21 chapters). The content will match the print books in these case.
In October 2016, new 2nd edition versions were produced:
The current BU: FY cover
2008, 2016 New Cover Print (2nd Edition, New Cover) – New covers with the twins, new interior font, the chapter start is higher up on the page, and there’s a booklist and bio at the back. The book runs 286 pages and 19 chapters. This is the print version for sale everywhere currently. The Amazon versions have matte covers with white interior and the Lulu ones have glossy covers and cream interior.
Note: There was a rare mistake version with the new ISBN and interior, but the old cover. From my records it seems I may have the only print copy.
2008, 2016 Digital Versions (2nd Edition, New Cover) – New cover versions were added for the digital releases in 2016 as well.
The digital versions are updated any time something is corrected in the print, but they aren’t usually sent to previous buyers unless there’s a major issue. But since Freshman Year is FREE, you can download the most recent copy any time and delete your old version.
It’s also possible there are versions out there I don’t have. If you find you have a version that doesn’t match these descriptions, comment and let me know and I’ll figure out where it belongs.
Stay tuned on posts about the other books in the series (most of which have fewer changes than this book!) – Sophomore Year, Junior Year and Senior Year.