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Regarding source books by Onyx Path/White Wolf (for the World of Darkness), is there any difference between original prints and PoD (Print on Demand) source books?

Basically, is there a way to know if a source book is an original print? Are there any differences in paper or print quality? Are there other ways to tell them apart?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ You refer to the 20th century editions, yes? \$\endgroup\$ – Trish Feb 15 at 21:10
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There are differences between books printed by White Wolf and those printed on demand by DriveThruRPG for Onyx Path or White Wolf, but they'll vary based upon the POD quality used to create the books (Standard or Premium). You'll find variations in paper quality and the richness of the black ink — a print-on-demand book will still look a lot like a high-quality laser printer, while the traditionally printed books will have stronger color presence. Also, if a hardback book has a sewn spine, rather than a glued one, that one's been traditionally printed.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This seems like an answer for the general difference between POD vs traditional prints. Do you have any feedback on WoD books and how to tell the difference that OP is asking? \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Feb 14 at 17:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch The things I write above are verifiably true about books produced by White Wolf (on its own or under license from CCP, when they were still making books for shelves) and those produced via POD from DriveThruRPG. Unfortunately, I haven't purchased a book from DTR that I also have an older version of on hand to contrast the two. Someone who does have such a set of books would be able to give a better, more complete answer, and I welcome them to do so. \$\endgroup\$ – Jadasc Feb 14 at 18:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ there are also the kickstarter collectors editions... \$\endgroup\$ – Trish Feb 15 at 21:11
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No and a little yes.

There are basically three types of books that are published for the WoD that you can get on DTR:

  • Re-created books. This is stuff from the old-old times, that was first officially published by DTR after the original prints were long years out of print. These PDFs and PoD books are 1:1 the original print.
  • Simultanous Published. Most of the recent books (20th century) can be gotten a PoD or PDF. They POD shows a print date in the front. I know of no Errata that had been incorporated in the books like DTR does it for The Dark Eye.
  • Collectors Editions. These don't differ in the print itself, but in the materials chosen. For example Mage 20th Century was printed on heavier paper and had a silver side. These Collector books can't be re-ordered via POD and are usually somewhat easy to spot, they were only availeable by backing the Klickstarters.
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