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Topic: Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop series - I don't get it

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Subject: Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop series - I don't get it
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 8:13 AM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2008
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They are enjoyable reads but why the large # on the wishlists?

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 9:51 AM ET
Member Since: 5/20/2008
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I think this is a book thats not readily available in all smaller bookshops. There are a few that have really large wishlists - like J.B. Stanleys "Carbs and Cadeavers" (I am about to order that one from Amazon), and Karen MacIerney's "Murder on the Rocks" from the "Murder Most Maine" series.

I think the cozy wishlists are actually small compared to some of the paranormal wishlists.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:48 AM ET
Member Since: 11/10/2006
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Some books just have smaller print runs, 50,000 or so and even the chain stores tend to carry only one copy of a book at a time. It is usually only the big name authors that get a first printing of 250,000 and up and initial orders of 60+. This makes some books harder to come by . As an example try looking for "Shakespeare's Christmas",  the third book in Charlaine Harris's Shakespeare series. It is almost impossible to get and I have seen used copies listed for $120 - this for a $6.99 mass market paperback.

Stores carry less of an individual title in order to be able to carry a larger variety of titles. From a business standpoint they don't want to eat up shelf space with a dozen copies of a book that sells one copy every six months.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 5:46 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2006
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Charlie,

You'll be happy to know they are re-issuing the Shakespeare series.

For the haunted bookstore books, I make a point of buying them as soon as they come out. Even Boarders doesn't stock many

I've even had trouble getting the audio books when a new Evanovich comes out. They will have 100 hardcovers scattered all over the store, but only 2 or 3 of the audio.

Anne J

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 11:23 PM ET
Member Since: 11/10/2006
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Audio books don't sell nearly as well as print books, thus we carry less stock of those. What you can do is pre-order anything in ether print or audio. You don't pay for it until it arrives and you pick it up and then you are guaranteed a copy.

 

Anne...believe it or not I received a copy of Shakespeare's Christmas several months ago from a wonderful PBS member who saw a post in the forum discussing the series. It has since made its way to another happy PBS home. Prior to that I thought I would never get to read it.