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Yesterday, this kindle book was free, so I bought it:

Grit (King's Harlots MC Book 1)
by J.M. Walker

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D7Y1FEK/

Obviously it is book one of a series.

A series of three books . . . or so it says on the product page.

However, if you look real close, the third book is titled:

Rude (King's Harlots MC Book 4).

:shock:

The three book series shows books 1, 2, and 4. So what happened to book 3?

Here it is:

Grim (King's Harlots MC Book 3)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7B72EG/

And yet that product page does not show the series it is part of.

Anyway, I now have books 1 and 3, and do not yet have books 2 and 4, of this set:

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Abdul Alhazred wrote:May I take it that you are bored now that you have finished reading your "interacial fantasy" novels? :BigGrin3:
Sheesh, I'm not so bored I would consider reading that stuff. I got too many other books already on my to-read list.

I just collect whatever's free. I'm not real picky about content. They're good for data mining, though. Let the computer read the damn things.

. . .
I just had a thought (having just read some articles about Artificial Intelligence), what if someone could develop an AI that could evaluate and review fiction? It would then be easy enough for a single program to rate and compare thousands of new books on a regular basis and have some sort of consistency (and perhaps some objectivity) in the ratings.

Or maybe not.

One problem I foresee with using my collection as a database is that it doesn't contain a truly representative sampling of authors. That is to say, my collection seems to have an under-abundance of best-selling authors.

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xouper wrote:
I just had a thought (having just read some articles about Artificial Intelligence), what if someone could develop an AI that could evaluate and review fiction? It would then be easy enough for a single program to rate and compare thousands of new books on a regular basis and have some sort of consistency (and perhaps some objectivity) in the ratings.
It will be used to rate commercial viability before it will be used to rate actual literary quality :)
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Here's another puzzle that makes this hobby more "interesting".

Sometimes two books by the same author will have different links to the author's page, one of them might link to the author by ID number and the other uses the author's name.

Example, given these two book product pages:

book #54: https://www.amazon.com/book54/dp/B0744YJ344/
book #51: https://www.amazon.com/book51/dp/B0731RQCT8/

Those are two books from the same series by the same author.

The author link in book #51 uses the author ID and book #54 does not.

Here are the author links from the above two product pages:

by name, book #54: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_ ... evancerank

by ID, book #51: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Gillard/e/ ... t_ebooks_1

The consequence is that book #54 does not show up when you click the author link by ID.

Or do a manual search:

Type "B01D23TXMM" in the search box for the kindle store and the results will not include book #54.

But of you type "Susan Gillard" in the search box for the kindle store, the results will include book #54.

I never noticed until today that amazon has this defect. It is yet another example of how amazon's search function is broken and unreliable.

In this case, the fault may lie with the author for not ensuring that her newest book has the correct author link. However, I predict it will be corrected by this time next week. Perhaps that is a deliberate strategy by the author. In which case, :Scratch4:
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Are the contents different?
"If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight! Sun Tzu said that, and I'd say he knows a little bit more about fighting than you do, pal, because he invented it, and then he perfected it so that no living man could best him in the ring of honor. Then, he used his fight money to buy two of every animal on earth, and then he herded them onto a boat, and then he beat the crap out of every single one. And from that day forward any time a bunch of animals are together in one place it's called a zoo! (Beat) Unless it's a farm!"
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gnome wrote:
xouper wrote:
I just had a thought (having just read some articles about Artificial Intelligence), what if someone could develop an AI that could evaluate and review fiction? It would then be easy enough for a single program to rate and compare thousands of new books on a regular basis and have some sort of consistency (and perhaps some objectivity) in the ratings.
It will be used to rate commercial viability before it will be used to rate actual literary quality :)
Good point.

If it is used that way, then it might behoove the developers to guard against a feedback loop that rewards self-fulfilling prophesies.

Reminds me of a book I read last year:

Weapons of Math Destruction — by Cathy O’Neil

http://time.com/4477557/big-data-biases/
. . . Her work makes particularly disturbing points about how being on the wrong side of an algorithmic decision can snowball in incredibly destructive ways . . .
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gnome wrote:Are the contents different?
I'm not sure I understand your question. Can you be more specific?
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For those books that have identical covers, same genre, and little author info: is the text of the books actually different, or is it the same book under different titles?
"If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight! Sun Tzu said that, and I'd say he knows a little bit more about fighting than you do, pal, because he invented it, and then he perfected it so that no living man could best him in the ring of honor. Then, he used his fight money to buy two of every animal on earth, and then he herded them onto a boat, and then he beat the crap out of every single one. And from that day forward any time a bunch of animals are together in one place it's called a zoo! (Beat) Unless it's a farm!"
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gnome wrote:For those books that have identical covers, same genre, and little author info: is the text of the books actually different, or is it the same book under different titles?
Good question. I did not think to look until you asked. For the first two books, here are the table of contents:
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Table of Contents

BOOK 1: THE INTER-GALACTIC LOVE (ALIEN GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 2: THE CURSE TRILOGY (GAY SHAPESHIFTER)
BOOK 3: SATURN’S CHILDREN (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 4: THE COMPLETE CIRCLE (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 5: THE OTHER WOMAN (BWWM ROMANCE)
BOOK 6: THE OUTLANDISH (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 7: THE ARTIST’S KISS (BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE)
BOOK 8: THE SEXY OFFICE ROMANCE (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 9: ONE NIGHT AT THE PUB (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 10: THE SECOND CHANCE (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 11: LOVING UNDER THE STARS (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 12: COMING OUT (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 13: THE DROWNING THAT SAVED ME (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 14: THE RIDE (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 15: LOVER AVENGED (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 16: THE NEW CHAPTER (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 17: DECEPTION (REGENCY ROMANCE)
BOOK 18: COMING HOME (WESTERN ROMANCE)
BOOK 19: ONE NIGHT AT THE RANCH (WESTERN ROMANCE)
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Table of Contents

BOOK 1: THE CURSE TRILOGY (GAY SHAPESHIFTER)
BOOK 2: THE INTER-GALACTIC LOVE (ALIEN GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 3: THE OTHER WOMAN (BWWM ROMANCE)
BOOK 4: SATURN’S CHILDREN (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 5: THE COMPLETE CIRCLE (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 6: THE ARTIST’S KISS (BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE)
BOOK 7: THE SEXY OFFICE ROMANCE (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 8: ONE NIGHT AT THE PUB (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 9: GOOD ENOUGH (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 10: THE SECOND CHANCE (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 11: LOVING UNDER THE STARS (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 12: COMING OUT (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 13: THE DROWNING THAT SAVED ME (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 14: THE RIDE (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 15: LOVER AVENGED (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 16: THE NEW CHAPTER (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 17: DECEPTION (REGENCY ROMANCE)
BOOK 18: COMING HOME (WESTERN ROMANCE)
BOOK 19: ONE NIGHT AT THE RANCH (WESTERN ROMANCE)
It appears they are collections of short stories, one per chapter.

Chapters 10 through 19 appear to be the same in both books. I only spot checked some of the paragraphs, so there could be differences I suppose. If I were truly motivated, I could convert them from kindle format to text format and do a document compare.

The other chapters appear to be the same stories but in a different chapter order.

Except each book has one chapter that is not in the other book:

In Flavor of the Week: BOOK 6: THE OUTLANDISH (ALIEN ROMANCE)
In Set Up: BOOK 9: GOOD ENOUGH (GAY ROMANCE)

I did not check the other pair of books (The Stranger vs Don't Arrest Me).

I'm glad I didn't pay good money for them. It might be interesting to read some of the reviews, assuming there are any. Except all four books have gone missing from amazon. Good thing I archived the original product pages on my hard drive.

Wait, I found them. All four are still there on amazon but using different ASINs. All four have a new publishing date of July 24, 2017, and they are priced at $0.99. Same covers, same titles, and same authors. Probably same content, although I have no way to verify that unless they become free some day (they're on my watch list).

Fascinating.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Amazon authors can provide their own cover art if they want to go to the trouble (as "Elbow Jobertski" did).

But I expect Amazon also presents authors with a gallery of cover art to choose from, perhaps broken down by genre.
This one?

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https://www.amazon.com/Elbow-Jobertski/ ... dp_epwbk_0

Looks like a generic amazon cover to me.

Fuck, I didn't know he published a book. That one's worth buying. And I'll keep it separate from my collection of free kindle books.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:That's not the cover art I recall, but what I said in general still goes.
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Rob Lister wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:That's not the cover art I recall, but what I said in general still goes.
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I like that cover better. Does anyone know why the amazon store shows a generic cover?
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xouper wrote:
It appears they are collections of short stories, one per chapter.

Chapters 10 through 19 appear to be the same in both books. I only spot checked some of the paragraphs, so there could be differences I suppose. If I were truly motivated, I could convert them from kindle format to text format and do a document compare.

The other chapters appear to be the same stories but in a different chapter order.

Except each book has one chapter that is not in the other book:

In Flavor of the Week: BOOK 6: THE OUTLANDISH (ALIEN ROMANCE)
In Set Up: BOOK 9: GOOD ENOUGH (GAY ROMANCE)

I did not check the other pair of books (The Stranger vs Don't Arrest Me).

I'm glad I didn't pay good money for them. It might be interesting to read some of the reviews, assuming there are any. Except all four books have gone missing from amazon. Good thing I archived the original product pages on my hard drive.

Wait, I found them. All four are still there on amazon but using different ASINs. All four have a new publishing date of July 24, 2017, and they are priced at $0.99. Same covers, same titles, and same authors. Probably same content, although I have no way to verify that unless they become free some day (they're on my watch list).

Fascinating.
I'm envisioning a particularly spazzy author with little sense of version control.
"If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight! Sun Tzu said that, and I'd say he knows a little bit more about fighting than you do, pal, because he invented it, and then he perfected it so that no living man could best him in the ring of honor. Then, he used his fight money to buy two of every animal on earth, and then he herded them onto a boat, and then he beat the crap out of every single one. And from that day forward any time a bunch of animals are together in one place it's called a zoo! (Beat) Unless it's a farm!"
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xouper wrote:
Rob Lister wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:That's not the cover art I recall, but what I said in general still goes.
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I like that cover better. Does anyone know why the amazon store shows a generic cover?
It's actually a very good, if quick read; worthy of an afternoon. More entertaining than most things on Netflix. I'm a little surprised none of the publishing houses picked him up.
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I concur, I really enjoyed it myself.
"If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight! Sun Tzu said that, and I'd say he knows a little bit more about fighting than you do, pal, because he invented it, and then he perfected it so that no living man could best him in the ring of honor. Then, he used his fight money to buy two of every animal on earth, and then he herded them onto a boat, and then he beat the crap out of every single one. And from that day forward any time a bunch of animals are together in one place it's called a zoo! (Beat) Unless it's a farm!"
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As part of today's haul, I bought this free kindle book by Chris Michael Wilson, what appears to be book one of a series:

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074875L4L/

So I thought I would search the kindle store for other books by the same author, so (from the book product page) I clicked on the author link and here's what I got:
10 results for Kindle Store: "Chris Michael Wilson"
  1. Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond (Painted Turtle)
    by M. L. Liebler and Dave Marsh
  2. The Strong Gray Line: War-time Reflections from the West Point Class of 2004
    by Cory Wallace and Jim Wilson
  3. The Best Australian Poems 2010
    by Robert Adamson and Ali Alizadeh
  4. Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches: 18 (Community, Culture and Change)
    by Chris Nicholson and Michael Irwin and Kedar Dwivedi
  5. An Occupational Therapist's Guide to Sleep and Sleep Problems (Occupational Therapists Guides)
    by Carly Brown and Andrew Green
  6. The Best Australian Poems 2015
    by Geoff Page and Michael Sharkey
  7. Intellectual Disability and Dementia: Research into Practice
    by Karen Watchman and Trevor Chan
  8. Campbell Biology, Canadian Edition
    by Jane B. Reece and Lisa A. Urry
  9. Magium: The Mage Tournament: Book 1
    by Chris Michael Wilson
  10. A New Imperative: Regions and higher education in difficult times (Universities and Lifelong Learning MUP)
    by Chris Duke and Michael Osborne
Seriously?? :o :o :o

Only one of those books is by the author I was searching for.

Yet another example that amazon's search function is borken.
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xouper wrote:Yet another example that amazon's search function is borken.
Not at all, it just "expands your choices". :wink:
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One of the interesting things about this hobby is finding some strange stuff.

In today's haul of free kindle books, I got this one:

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0713X13Y6/
It's The Worst Book Ever Written:
Don't Waste Your Money Buying This,
You're Not Going to Get a Refund

by Lucas Robak

1.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

Kindle $0.00
Paperback $21.77

Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biographies & Memoirs > True Crime > White Collar Crime
#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Education & Teaching > Teacher Resources > Education Theory
Maybe later I'll look through it to see if I should ask for my money back. :P
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Another free one, and topical for this forum:
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Today I hit a milestone. As of a few moments ago, I now have more than 300,000 free kindle books, according to amazon. And I have an email invoice for each and every one of them.

It took me three years to get the first hundred thousand.
It took me another year to get the second hundred thousand.
And then six months to get the third hundred thousand.

That's about 550 books per day, every day for six months.

At that rate it will take me maybe another 3.5 years to get to a million. Assuming I can actually get that many. And assuming I can keep up that high rate, which at this point seems less than certain. I found out recently that Amazon only has about 5 million kindle books, so it may not be possible to get to a million freebies. We shall see.
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The most expensive free book I got so far is this monster, which I got about a month ago shortly after it was published. Retails for $500.00.

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Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a Changing World
Proceedings of ESREL 2018, June 17-21, 2018, Trondheim, Norway
Print Length: 3234 pages
Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2018)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DV5F71F/

It's also available for free (as a pdf) directly from the publisher, which is a reputable publisher of technical books.
https://www.crcpress.com/Safe-Societies ... 0815386827

I now have both, the kindle and the pdf. In fact, I suspect the kindle edition is merely the pdf in a kindle wrapper, since the kindle edition text does not reflow like a normal kindle book does.

Previous years proceedings are $494.99 for the pdf. I was not able to find any of those previous years for free, not even on amazon. Thus I am predicting that the 2018 edition will also be $500 by this time next year, when I hope to get the 2019 edition for free.

That's a lot of pages. Thumbing through the table of contents, there is a lot of interesting stuff in there — and I do mean a lot, since the average chapter is maybe ten pages — and I can now say I have actually read one of my free kindle books. Well, one chapter anyway, called, "Safety analysis of autonomous driving using semi-Markov processes". I was curious to know how they used Markov models and what their conclusion is. I was surprised to learn they recommend skipping level three autonomy mode and going straight to level four. Makes sense to me.
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xouper wrote: Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 amThat's about 550 books per day, every day for six months.
You automated the downloading process?

xouper wrote: Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 amAt that rate it will take me maybe another 3.5 years to get to a million.
1 h / book, 8 h / day, it would take 300+ years to read that million. But I understand it's not for reading… :mrgreen:
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Witness wrote: Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:19 am
xouper wrote: Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 amThat's about 550 books per day, every day for six months.
You automated the downloading process?
The kindle app for windows automatically downloads my purchases to my hard drive. And it crashes regularly while trying to do that. I suspect the programmers did not anticipated this level of usage. I'm watching the memory usage and I predict that by 500,000 books, because it is a 32-bit app, it will hit the 2 gigabyte limit and crash permanently, even though I have 8 gb ram installed. I am hoping by then they will release an update that might (perhaps inadvertently) solve that problem.
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Of the 627 free kindle books I got today, this one seemed (somewhat) noteworthy:
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Of the 663 free kindle books I got today, this one seemed especially noteworthy:
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I like when this happens (which isn't often), an author offers their entire catalog of kindle books for free on amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entit ... B079M74VTF

They write cookbooks and all 44 of them are free today so I scarfed them up (the kindle versions, of course). I have no idea how long this promotional price will last.

At an average of 80 or 90 pages each (no I didn't look at them all), that's more than 3000 pages of recipes. The paperback versions list for seven dollars each.

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I know nothing about these authors and having read none of the books, I cannot comment on their content, other than it appears they are self published.

I found them accidentally when doing a keyword search for "green". Go figure.

Anyway, I'm now that much closer to my goal of one million free kindle books.

:WooHoo:
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Harry Leslie Smith's two books are currently free.
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Pyrrho wrote: Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:01 am Harry Leslie Smith's two books are currently free.
Thanks. I just now snagged these two for free:

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In today's batch of free kindle books, was this one, which may (or not) be noteworthy:

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Of the 647 free kindle books I got today, this one caught my eye:

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Three more free kindle books that were mockworthy:

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Here's something I think you'll be interested in:

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Another free kindle book worthy of note:

Science with the Cherenkov Telescope Array
(c) 2019, hardcover list price $128.00

:WooHoo:

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Among today's haul of free kindle books is something I haven't seen before, two versions of the same science fiction book,

for young adults:
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JGRNRJC/


for adults:
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The one I got free today is the adult version. The author is now on my watch list, and if the YA version becomes free some day, then perhaps I might be interested in merging the two books to see what the differences are. Or maybe not. I have a soft spot for science fiction, so I might actually read it, in addition to using it for my computer science research. Also, it's book one of a trilogy and the other two aren't yet on amazon, so who knows how long before I get all six. Which is fine, since I predict it will take another three years (or maybe more) to reach my ultimate goal of collecting a million free kindle books with an amazon email invoice for each and every one of them.
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I wonder what exactly is the difference between the two.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:42 pm
Nyarlathotep wrote: Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:38 pm I wonder what exactly is the difference between the two.
I'm guessing exactly the same, but pitched to different notional genres.
My guess is that they started as the same book but were edited differently to emphasize different things. But I am not willing to read the same book twice to find out.
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Nyarlathotep wrote: Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:45 pm
Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:42 pm
Nyarlathotep wrote: Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:38 pm I wonder what exactly is the difference between the two.
I'm guessing exactly the same, but pitched to different notional genres.
My guess is that they started as the same book but were edited differently to emphasize different things. But I am not willing to read the same book twice to find out.
If I get the YA version for free (it's on my watch list), perhaps I will be able to answer that question with some specific examples.

I too don't want to read the book twice, which is why I would merge them with annotations for the differences. Easy to do automatically with modern word processors.