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On a secondary note, how many of these Reader's Choice books do Easton print? 5? Maybe 10 copies? I can't understand how a business can survive with such ridiculously stupid print runs like that. They would benefit from someone with actual business sense to grow their fan base instead of irritating many people who can never purchase their books in the short window they're available. (Even Folio re-releases their books! i.e. Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, etc.)
I don’t necessarily like books skyrocketing in value on the secondary market, but it doesn’t make someone a “con” artist for trying to make a profit.
It’s called capitalism.
Also note, if you pre-order them, you can get them for $10 off the normal selling price (i.e., the standard rate for unlimited run books). Best buy Reader's Choice books early.
I doubt you will accomplish much as a new member trying to solicit help while calling people idiots. Good luck on not getting anyone here to help you.
Announced Mid March 2018
On the EP website Oct 2018
Sold Out Sept 2019
Reader's Choice titles generally are produced in a 500-1000 print run.
This title was available to order for 18 months.
What's the problem with this business model? I don't see it.
Thanks for the timeline update and the print run info wootle. Emily's estimate of the print runs seemed a bit low to me. BTW, where did you get those print run figures? Was this from an email interaction with EP?
I agree that the Readers Choice publication model is fine. Print enough to satisfy those who want to purchase them, and enough so that they don't sell out in 10 days. But don't print so many that they require storage in a warehouse for the next decade.
I.E. Henry James - The Turn of the Screw
Shirley Jackson - Haunting of Hill House
EP has to get permission to print books such as Haunting of Hill House. In fact, any publisher has to get permission from the copyright holder for anything that is not in the public domain. The publisher may not agree to the terms, and that is that.
In the end, it is a question of math - if we purchase copyrights for $X, spend $Y designing & printing the book, can we sell enough copies to make $Z profit :D? We don't know if and how profitable Easton Press is, but may assume they know a bit of the aforementioned math. They are still around after all...
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