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Subject: Judy Cuevas
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 7:46 PM ET
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Anyone read Dance or Bliss?  Her books are hard to find but they're only about 20 bucks on Amazon.  I'm wondering if they're worth buying?



Last Edited on: 2/19/08 7:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 9:39 PM ET
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Been looking for them forever, but sadly, haven't read either.  Have no idea if they're worth the money or not.  But then, I have a hard time with seeing any used paperback being worth $20.  That isn't to say I've never paid that much, but I think it's pure greed for them to cost that much.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 7:42 AM ET
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I agree, but it seems like that's the only way I could read it.  There aren't any copies at the libraries in my area and I'm able to borrow from about 8 different ones.  I wonder why a publisher wouldn't just put it back out there again.  Certainly no one involved with writing the book is making any money from those Amazon sales.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 7:54 AM ET
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These 2 have been on my WL forever.  Not willing to spend $20 on  them.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 8:20 AM ET
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I don't know much of anything about the publishing biz, but I would think profit projections are probably not high enough on most of these books to justify a reprinting.  I don't know precisely what they factor those determinations on though.  I also think, just like we're seeing now in the film industry with the writer's strike, eventually someone who isn't getting money for something they produced is going to get fed up with watching others get it.  Internet booksellers aren't exactly new, but they are still in the growth phase.  It hasn't been all that long since the used media market was mostly confined to yard sales, book bazaars, small bricks & mortar shops, etc.  The internet has changed all that, and vastly increased the revenue and sheer number of sellers.  I can't see that going unchecked forever, and I personally think internet booksellers, or rather resellers as a whole, are largely responsible for keeping the prices on some of these used books so absurdly inflated.  If they can get $20 for a book and still undercut someone else, they'll price it that high.  And I think somebody, somewhere, is going to get fed up with third party resellers, and they'll either try to control that somehow, or grab a sizeable chunk of that market.  Nobody sits on their hands forever and lets someone else take a slice of their pie. 



Last Edited on: 2/20/08 8:22 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 9:17 AM ET
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You are so right.  I find it amazing that not more than a day goes by after a new book is released and it's offered used for almost 1/2 the price.  That's where I go if I'm dying to get my hands on something and it's going to be a long time before you see it in the library.  The only time I buy a book at retail is if I know I love the author and want to give that person a sale.   Or if they're affiliated with a charity, like Dierdre Imus with her profits going to help others.

There's a Maggie Osborne I've been wanting forever and there are currently 2 copies at 10 bucks.  After that, they jump to $50.  I can't stand the pressure!!!

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 10:25 AM ET
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Monica,

Which Maggie Osborne are you looking for?  I picked up a ton of her books in hardback at a used book sale last year.  They are in great condition too.

Kim



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Date Posted: 2/20/2008 10:43 AM ET
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My library does an InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  They will search other states for books that you want.  I have gotten to read several hard to find books this way from other states.  The library takes care of the whole thing.  They order the book and will call and let you know when it is in.  The library even covers the cost of shipping.  I have not tried to get Dance or Bliss this way just because my TBR pile is so large.  But, I have never been told that they could not find a book.  Check and see if your library has this service. 

Sherron

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 1:10 PM ET
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Kimberly -- I am looking for Alexa which is really old and very hard to find.  Plus, I think once a book merchant knows it's resale value, they pull it from their shelves or yard sales or whatever and put it on the internet.    I'd pay you, if you had it!!!

Sherron -- Thanks for the tip.  I had no idea such a service existed and will look into it :)

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 1:15 PM ET
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Monica,

I wish I had Alexa, but I don't.  I am going to keep my eyes open when I start going to UBS this spring.

I guess this one was only published as a paperback.  The cover is kind of funny :-)

My favorite thing about UB sales is the hunt, so this should be fun.

 

Kim



Last Edited on: 2/20/08 1:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 2:19 PM ET
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Thanks and, of course, happy hunting.  I have a vested interest in it :)

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 1:31 PM ET
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I just requested Untie my Heart