At the bookstore on Saturday They were good eniough to let me dio a reading of my book. But the new boooks they ordered were … different.
Unlike all the ones I’ve gotten (and seen) before, they had no duist jackets – the cover with the picture was printed on. The paper stock was different, too. It was yellower.
Aha! I thought, a second printing! But no, the copyright page looked exactly the same.
Worse, as one reader pointed out, it looked as if a piece of paper had blocked off the print near one illustration, because it was just blank there, cutting off some of the text. I fact, the illustrations looked oddly different. Even the one on the cover. They looked like imperfect xerox copies of the originals.
Oh, and they were charging more for this.
What’s going on? I could see upping the price to cover storage or something if they were trying to get rid of the lazst few copies of the first printing, but these were obviously a new oprinting, even if they didn’t say so.
I know that there are changes in the publishing world. Is this some kind of print-on-demand edition? It would explain the differences in paper and binding. Maybe the difference in quality, too. But if that’s the case, they need to work on that a bit.
I can’t complain too much – the book’s still in print. But increasing the price isn’t going to make it easier to sell. Couldn’t they have put it in paper covers, or something?
I have to call and find out about this, but it’s still too early.