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Old 09-09-2021, 02:20 AM   #1
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Robert Aspirin's Myth Adventures - no longer available?

I went to grab the first couple myth adventures books in ebook format to start a reread, and found that they are no longer available at either Amazon or Kobo. There was a single book listed on Amazon (Myth Conceptions) and it said it was unavailable and 'under review'. Some of the reviews indicate that the transfer to digital was pretty horrible.

Does anyone happen to know what is going on with these? Would complaints about quality get a book pulled from the 'shelf'?
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Old 09-09-2021, 08:49 AM   #2
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Old 09-09-2021, 11:53 AM   #3
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Would complaints about quality get a book pulled from the 'shelf'?
Yes, that's possible.

I've a few Asprin books on paper: Phule's Company and Myth Directions Book 3 which has a Pratchett cover style cover.

He edited Storm Season which I also have.

I liked them.

The publishers are terrible about keeping stuff in print. Even POD paper costs are low enough to wholesale and retail a book at €12, a typical non-discount price. They are even worse at having an ebook copy. Why should they be allowed to keep the copyright when they won't produce the copy? There is no excuse now of print runs and warehouses etc with POD and ebooks.
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Old 09-09-2021, 03:52 PM   #4
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More likely just contractual issues. It happens more often than you think but people don't notice until it's a well known series. Most of them come back. British authors don't always reappear on Amazon US for a long time. It took me 5 years to complete a series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles because books would disappear and not come back for 2-3 years. Also, I noticed that most of the Myth series now falls under the 35 year rule where the author (in this case, heirs) can take back copyright. Maybe that is the issue?

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Old 09-10-2021, 01:01 AM   #5
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I may have to post on Jody Lynn Nye's facebook page to ask about it, although it doesn't look very active. (she was Asprin's co-author of the later books in the series.) Phil Foglio (the cover and interior artist) might also have some vested interest but is even less likely to reply.
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I’m fortunate to still have most of the Myth books as "dead-tree-editions", unfortunately only in German. I’d so much have liked to re-read them in English, but also didn’t find them listed.
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I still have my paper collection as well, but I've been making slow progress on moving things I really want to save over to ebooks to save space. The ebooks also had Phil Foglio's illustrations, which aren't in the paper editions that I have.
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I still have my paper collection as well, but I've been making slow progress on moving things I really want to save over to ebooks to save space. The ebooks also had Phil Foglio's illustrations, which aren't in the paper editions that I have.
The last information i have seen is that Robert Aspirin estate is represented by Bill Fawcett & Associates, you might want to sent him a letter or email.


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