I previously pointed out some errors in Penny C. Sansevieri's mostly fine Red Hot Internet Publicity. I read the book several years ago, but recently saw that it has been revised. Amazon shows a publication date of 2/23/13. I don't know if Penny corrected the errors I pointed out, but a banner on the corner of the book proclaims "NEWLY UPDATED EDITION."
That's very smart.
The cover below shows my own Independent Self-Publishing: the complete guide. The updated edition was published on 3/1/11 and the cover proclaims "Updated for 2011."
That's very stupid.
I was smarter with the updated version of my Stories I'd Tell My Children) but maybe not until they're adults). A banner at the top proclaims "New Updated Edition." The book cover is dateless, and I think the book is timeless.
Think about how your books can appear to be right-on-time -- or behind the times.
- Unless you plan to publish updated versions every year or two, don't put a date on the cover.
- And, as with copyright dates, if you publish in the last quarter of the year, put the following year's date on the cover.