If that file is sent to different printers then the outcomes could be different - they might be using different machines, different inks, different thicknesses of ink, different halftone screens and have different reactions between their inks and paper.
If we are trying to capture releases that are different because of differences in their CA then using that “pre-print original cover file”, (or for pre-digital that “original copy ready artwork”) is working against that.
Two avenues for error are added.
- If differences between the digital file and the physical CA of 2 releases are missed then we catalogue only 1 release.
- An editor finds a difference between the digital file that has been incorrectly used for a release and some physical CA in hand and creates another release. We get a duplicate release.