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Subject: I Hate Re-Issues!!
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 4:23 PM ET
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Whose with me?  Re-issue should be printed in big, bright letters to let us know!

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 4:29 PM ET
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Sometimes I like reissues especially if the book has been out of print for a while.  Then reissues can be nice.  Other times though reissues can be a pain becuase you may not know the book is a reissue until you buy the book and start reading it.  Then I get mad.

Subject: Yeah but
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 4:54 PM ET
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How about the re-issues and the publisher re-names the novel!?! Then, they are just greedy.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 5:15 PM ET
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Reissues in anthologies are the ones that kill me. There should definitely be a warning printed on the cover, spine and back blurb that the stories inside are not "new." (Are you listening, Lori Foster?)

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 6:04 PM ET
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I don't mind reissues when they keep the title the same. I can usually tell by reading the blurb on the back if I read the book.  It's when they change the name that's really annoying. Or the anthology thing.  I read a book recently in a Maggie Shayne Anthology. Then I picked up another anthology and it had one of the 1st anthologies stories in it as well. 

I've noticed that about Lori Foster too. 

With any of the long time, high producing authors like Janet Evanovich, Lori Foster, Hannah Howell (they are reissuing and renaming many of her out of print and pen name titles under the Highland line)-I make sure to read the intros and publishing dates first. It usually says in there somewhere "originally printed x xxx yr as xxx title). 

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 12:45 AM ET
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Debbie Macomber is the queen of reissues...plus, they have been changing the names to them!  The Hard Luck series is on its second reissue (the originals were individual books and the volumes are 2-in-1) as volumes and they changed the names to the volumes.  ugh...the new ones get wishlisted while the old ones are still available.

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 2:58 AM ET
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debbie macomber is the one who got me...and my coworker came in all happy for finding a new charlaine harris and I said 'um that's book 2 you've read it'..yep new cover! nora roberts has some reprinted too but her newer stuff is marked NR or something on the cover though who knows if newbies know this or not.though a real newbie it probably wouldn't matter anyways.

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 12:39 PM ET
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The other thing is that it makes people mad and they write a crummy review on Amazon. I loved some book and couldn't figure out why Amazon hated it and looked over the details to find negative reviews because of the sneaky reissue.

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 3:38 PM ET
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I can understand the cover reissues. That's no deceptive-they keep the name of hte book the same and the synopsis on the back.  It's not the publisher's fault if you can't remember if you've read it or not. 

I do think it's deceptive when they change the name and then put in super tiny letters somewhere inside "previously published as xxxx book". 

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 4:45 PM ET
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I agree with the irritation towards Lori Foster!  Her new Christmas book that comes out soon is a bunch of re-issued anthology stories!  I was so disappointed!

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 3:12 AM ET
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I agree on the re-issues for both sides. Sometimes I get excited for a re-issue, because it's been out-of-print for a while. Most times I only know it's a re-issue because I checked the author's website.

 

I do have to play devil's advocate here though... I once e-mailed an author to ask if a book she wrote ten years ago was goign to be re-issued. She said no, because Harlequin didn't want to do it. She said she'd been badgering them to do it, but no luck. When I e-mailed back to ask why, she said it was in the contract that they, the publisher, had control over whether to re-issue or not. She had absolutely no say on a re-issue or even what it looked liked. I don't know about title change, but I'm sure the author wouldn't have control over that too!

 

Course, that's not to say that all authors have contracts like that. Lori Foster for example. No idea if she does the re-issuing or her publisher. But I also get really annoyed when I see a new book coming out by her...only to find it's one I've already read. Booooo!

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 10:01 AM ET
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Grr....I have bought the same book twice so many times because of just this problem that I have got in the habit of checking the copyright date before I purchase one. (Johanna Lindsey is another author that has her books reissued alot and marketed to appear like a brand new book.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 7:42 PM ET
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I've learned not to auto buy any books by the author's mentioned and a few others unless it says "first time in print' on the front cover.  I write the title down and look it up here first.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 9:14 PM ET
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I look at the copyright date, and if it's not recent, then I will wait and check here first.  Have been burned several times by re-issues b/c I didn't bother to check this first.

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 9:03 AM ET
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Is there a thread somewhere that lists these reissues (name of the old book and the "new" name)? And if not, do you think we should start one? It might be a nice thing to have to refer to if you're ever questioning the "newness" of a book before you buy it. Just a thought.