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Re: [BKARTS] artists' books vs artists books



Alex, I am a newbie binder who happens to have an on-line bookstore, grammar is not my forte but it is something I have to be very careful with and so I take a considerable amount of time and effort to check my syntax, mostly with my college age kids who excel in this area.
So, here goes:


The apostrophe in "Artists' books" shows possession, "Artists books" showing no apostrophe indicates that the book subject is Artists, So, if I have a books specifically for artists I would say "Artists' books for watercolor, bookarts, and ceramics" or books about artists "Titles include famous photographers, ceramists, old masters and many other artists books." and so forth. Not, may I add a great way to express inventory.

Regards,
Sharon Heimann
www.eridgebooks.com

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Subject: [BKARTS] artists' books vs artists books



I have to admit I'm a bit embarrassed to post this, but I was asked the question and did not have the answer...and if the book arts list serv can't answer the question, no one can.
Why is the term "artists' books" punctuated so? (With the apostrophe?)
Is there a difference between the two terminologies: artists' books and artists books?
Is one deemed more "correct" than the other?


Thanks,
Alex Appella
www.transientbooks.com

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