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Old 02-05-2011, 04:40 PM   #1
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Watching for inexpensive backlist collections

One of the things I watch for, in the bargains and freebies area, are cheap editions of books I already own on paper and love.

I probably own a couple of thousand paper books. I'd pay a buck or two each to own ebook copies of some large percentage of them, at which point I could shed the weight of all this paper. But at $10 to $15 apiece, I'm not going to buy anything unless I want to read it now.

It seems to me that if publishers made large numbers of backlist titles available in bargain editions, they'd pull a lot of buyers like me out of the woodwork. And since the marginal cost of each ebook is close to zero, it seems like they would be better off selling 2000 copies for $2 each, than selling 200 copies for $10 each.

Maybe someday...
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:39 PM   #2
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May I suggest you check out Backlist Ebooks? It's a growing affiliation of traditionally published authors (including me) who are doing exactly what you ask for, and includes writers in a variety of genres including SF, fantasy, mystery, romance, thrillers, and others, all self-repubbing their backlist titles. It's also a nice bunch of people, and some of them drop in here once in a while.
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Thank you so much for that!
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:24 PM   #4
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One of the things I watch for, in the bargains and freebies area, are cheap editions of books I already own on paper and love.

I probably own a couple of thousand paper books. I'd pay a buck or two each to own ebook copies of some large percentage of them, at which point I could shed the weight of all this paper. But at $10 to $15 apiece, I'm not going to buy anything unless I want to read it now.

It seems to me that if publishers made large numbers of backlist titles available in bargain editions, they'd pull a lot of buyers like me out of the woodwork. And since the marginal cost of each ebook is close to zero, it seems like they would be better off selling 2000 copies for $2 each, than selling 200 copies for $10 each.

Maybe someday...
I'm with you, except that there are costs associated with getting those backlist titles out.

I would like to see publishers offer some incentive for buying backlist titles in digital form--as some studios did for upgrades from VHS to DVD, and from DVD to Blu-ray. Disney, for example, would e-mail a coupon for something like $8 to $10 off the Blu-ray movie if you sent them the SKU code of your earlier version. With that incentive, I rebought a lot of Disney titles I otherwise wouldn't have gotten, and donated the earlier versions. Seems like it was a win-win situation.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:32 PM   #5
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I see a lot of cheap backlist available in the romance genre. Granted, that may not be your cup of tea. Example:

http://productsearch.barnesandnoble....&UGRP=0&SAT=11
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yeah. I'm one of those people that just love to get a whole series or backlist onto my Kindle once I start.

But some of those prices just make it impractical.
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:44 AM   #9
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You're welcome. I should add, if you like SF and fantasy, there's another group called Bookview Cafe, with a similar goal. And also Closed Circle. And of course, the Baen Free Library.
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There are quite a few mid-list/traditionally published authors whose rights to their back-titles have reverted back to them, and they're publishing them as ebooks themselves. Some that I can think of off the top of my head are Scott Nicholson, Simon Wood, and Harry Shannon.
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