A book in poor condition; it may be scuffed, stained, soiled, spotted, and have a raggedy binding, and therefore not be collectible, but it does contain the complete text. Also called a working copy. See also condition.
A nice way of describing a book that is complete in text and plates, but so badly worn or soiled that in its current condition it is good only for reading, and cannot be considered “collectible” in this condition. Also tends to suggest that the book has faults that make it not worth rebinding, else it might be described as a “Binding Copy”.
A copy of a book that is worn or used to such a degree that it is not in good enough condition to be considered collectible.
The reading copy of a book is usually well-used, may include highlighting or marginalia, and is suitable for reading, but is usually not collectible. This is a term used in the used book business, to indicate the lack of collectible value, while claiming that the book is in sufficiently good condition for a purchaser whose interest is primarily in actually reading the book. A reading copy is typically less expensive than a collectible copy.