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- n. A used book, that 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.
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A helpful speechwriter would write the word in the presidential reading copy as if there were only two syllables: “new-clear.”