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A few years back, I worked on a big research project involving surveys of a few thousand collectors, plus a detailed study of resale values of certain comparable Limited Editions, and there’s a surprisingly clear line between the point where individual numbers increase collectability and the point where they no longer help.
I cannot get into the specific details because this was paid research I did for a large trade publisher that was looking into the business model (they decided not to enter the field because the margins weren’t to their liking — paying for New York office space is expensive, and they didn’t have direct sales channels which meant either creating them or selling through distributors, which take a 50% cut), but obviously I benefited from the information, too.
One thing the research turned up: specific numbers for books do make collectors more willing to purchase books they don’t necessarily want, so they can “keep” their number, which actually isn’t something I’m particularly interested in as a publisher. I’d rather folks buy the books they really want. If a full set isn’t their thing, I’m okay with that.
So, if the print run falls in the range where it’ll make the book more collectible for the collectors, I’ll definitely do that.
If we end up well into the range where numbering doesn’t reward the collectors long-term, the odds are I won’t for the reason mentioned above and a few others.
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Starting with The Night Country by Stewart O’Nan, I decided to offer our Lettered Edition collectors the opportunity to decide if they wanted to collect ALL of our Lettered Editions or just the Joe Hill Lettered Editions.
The reason for this is because I’m looking at the Joe Hill books as a “set” or “series,” so I’d like those collectors to be able to keep their set intact without feeling forced to buy other books just for the sake of maintaining their letter.
Forty of the Joe Hill collectors decided to order the Lettered Edition of The Night Country by Stewart O’Nan anyway, which means there were 12 copies of that Lettered Edition available for other collectors.
When it comes time to announce the next “non-Joe Hill” Lettered Edition after The Night Country, the 52 collectors who bought The Night Country will be offered first shot at that book.
But for the next Joe Hill book, the collectors who bought 20th Century Ghosts will be given the opportunity to keep their Joe Hill set together. If a Joe Hill collector passes on his or her letter for the next Joe Hill book, that letter will then be offered to whoever purchased that letter for the previous non-Hill title and they can continue with that letter for as long as they would like including future Joe Hill books.
This is a little more complicated than I originally wanted, but it seems like the best way to handle things at the moment. If a better scenario for handling these editions presents itself in the future, we will look into that.
Also phrased as: “Dude, that book is selling for 4X as much on eBay, are you an idiot or something!?!?”
Yes, maybe? I guess it depends on who you ask!
Here’s the deal: how retailers price new books has always been a somewhat controversial topic. In theory, a bookseller can take a brand new $50 book and sell it for $5 or $500 if that’s what they want and what the market will accept. They’re not obligated by the publisher to sell for any set price.
I’m making absolutely no judgements here about retailers who decide to price a new and popular book based on the current market rates. I totally get the reasoning involved, and given the low margins in the bookselling business, I understand it 100%. (Why do you think Lividian Publications is extremely generous with dividing up our print runs among booksellers and then actively pointing customers toward those booksellers? I like booksellers! I think they’re important to the small press ecosystem and deserve support.)
My personal decision is this: when it’s a book that I’ve bought as a retailer to offer on the site, I’ll always sell it at retail, even if it’s selling for much higher on the second-hand market. My hope is that a lucky collector will be able to fill a gap in their collection, but I know that some of the copies are getting flipped for “easy” profits. That’s why some people have said I’m an idiot for not just marking up my copies. But you know what? I know which of my customers are buying and flipping the books (I’m in the same groups as them!), and you know what I see those customers doing with their profits? Buying other books for their collections! So, that money is only helping other small presses, booksellers, collectors, and sellers.
Ultimately, it doesn’t hurt me to sell at the retail price.
For books from outside the US, the price might be a little different than if you ordered direct because I have to factor in the exchange rate at the time I paid for them and the shipping cost to get them to the US, but there won’t be a purposeful markup to increase the profit margins.
Again, I’m making absolutely no judgement here about how other people do business, but I’ve gotten enough questions that I thought it finally needed to be addressed. I hope this information is helpful.