When you are book shopping on the internet you will see book
descriptions stating: "May have Remainder Mark" or "Small
Remainder Mark" or "No Remainder Mark". So, what the heck
is a Remainder Mark?
Remainder Marks are a mark put on a book when a publishing house
decides to clear out its stock of a title. This mark ensures that
wholesale book buyers cannot return these books back to the publisher.
If you have ever purchased used books or books in the Bargain Section
of a bookstore take a look at some of them you and will probably find a
few remainder marks. Most people don't even notice them until they are
aware of what a Remainder Mark is.
Book collectors on the other hand know all about Remainder Marks.
Because a Remainder Mark alters the book from its original printed version
it devalues the book compared to a copy that does not have a remainder
mark. If you are purchasing a book online for collector reasons, it is
best to confirm with the seller that the book has no marks. Most
professional booksellers will list that a book has a Remainder Mark in the
Here are some common examples of Remainder Marks: