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Subject: Leisure Books Horror Book Club >:-(
Date Posted: 4/17/2010 3:00 PM ET
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I am pretty patient most of the time but this is ridiculous! I am still waiting for last months selections. I am getting ready to quit the club. Anyone else in the same boat?

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 9:43 AM ET
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I don't have a problem when I get the books.  I think I got mine a week ago.  I belong basicaly so I can get Brian Keene's books.  So the others are not books I am going to rush out and get.  It is great that they are usually wishlisted.  Whenever I get them is just a pleasant surprise.

Date Posted: 4/29/2010 8:20 PM ET
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Yikes. I still have not received last months or this months. Oy.

Subject: I'm Not Surprise...
Date Posted: 9/14/2010 10:13 AM ET
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Go to this link: http://www.briankeene.com/?p=4544 on Brian Keene's website and you'll get an answer to your question. Leisure is having major, major problems right now.

Date Posted: 9/14/2010 10:05 PM ET
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This thread is a few months old, but still pertinent .

Yeah, Leisure is probably done :(

I have read in a thread on another site that someone had gotten charged for his monthly book club, and when he called Leisure he was told that they would be sending him two books from another publisher, but that they could not tell him what the books would be.  this was a few weeks ago, and I haven't heard a followup.  Keene's initial post was here:  http://www.briankeene.com/?p=4507

Keene is actually talking about selfpublishing some of his works at this point, but nothing definite has come out yet.



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Date Posted: 9/17/2010 9:02 PM ET
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I sign up about 2 months ago and have not heard a thing from them.

Date Posted: 9/17/2010 11:41 PM ET
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I got on their website, because I was thinking of joining also.  Here is what I found in one of their forums. Dorchester Transitions to E-book and Trade Given the many changes in the publishing industry over the last several years, Dorchester has made the decision to more tightly focus its distribution models so that we may fully capitalize on the most profitable emerging technologies. Starting with September titles, we will be moving from mass-market to trade paperback format. This will delay new releases roughly 6-8 months, but it will also open many new and more efficient sales channels. And were pleased to say all titles will be available in ebook format as originally scheduled. The substantial growth weve seen in the digital market in such a short periodcombined with the decline of the mass-market businessconvinced us that we needed to fully focus our resources in this segment sooner rather than later. Dorchester has always been known as a company ahead of the curve and willing to take risks. As bookstores are allocating the bulk of their capital to the digital business, it only makes sense that we do the same. Everyone keeps hearing that the industry has to change if its going to survive. Were excited to be at the forefront of that change and will continue to keep you posted on further developments. And to help answer some of the questions you might have: For readers: How will I be able to get the new books? From September through April, new titles will be available only in ebook. You can find them in all major ebook outlets: Amazon, B&N, Books on Board, Sony, Overdrive affiliates, etc. And we will have links for purchase at various vendors from our site as well. What happens if I preordered a September book? No cards are charged until the book ships. Therefore, you will not be billed. How will this affect my book club membership? Were working on a number of different options at the moment. For romance and thriller book club members, were in the process of several different partnerships that will bring you new books by many of the Dorchester authors youve always enjoyed as well as other big-name writers. The horror and the Westerns are a little more difficult because there just arent many sources for other new books out there. Were hoping to set up a way to do an ebook club shortly so you can continue to receive the newest releases as soon as possible without any increase in price. Well also be looking at doing a club for the trade books once we have them available.
Date Posted: 9/18/2010 12:44 PM ET
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Although it might have corrected itself by now, ebooks were not available when they were supposed to be.  Also, my local Borders has stripped all Leisure horror titles from it's shelves.  This could be part of Leisure's plan, but even the newest titles weren't there.  Some chatter has that this is to gether up assets to sell off for bankruptcy proceedings.  Leisure also fired 2 of it's 3 top editors, whish supposedly leaved them with one (not copy editors, but the editors at the top).  This included Don D'Auria, who pretty much pulled the horror line out of the gutter over 10 years ago, and was resposible for all the titles we have enjoyed (and the stinkers too ;) )  .  Also, a week after announcing the were going digital, they fired the head digital development person, which also doesn't bode well.  I really hope leisure pulls through, as I like that they are around, even if I don't always like their stuff, however, if sales of an $8 mass-market paperback were dropping, do they really feel they will sell more at @15 trade paperback pricepoint?  Initial releases said they weren't going to print all the titles, just the best selling ebooks, and that they would be print-on-demand, which is not the same quality as normal printing.

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 10:25 AM ET
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From another message board, a member posts that his Club shipment contained:

Audrey's Door, by Sarah Langan, and The Blood Artists, by Chuck Hogan. Both were published by Harper and marked "Suspense" on the spine

He also stated there was a message included that stated:

"We are currently transitioning the way our books are printed, which means we'll have a short gap before we can once again bring you new Dorchester releases. However, we are still committed to bringing you the best fiction possible at great savings, and therefore we have reached out to other publishers to provide books to keep your reading schedule on track. Please know that we have your best interest at heart and will do all we can to fulfill your needs."

 

Audrey's Door is months old, and I am not familiar with the other title.

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 6:18 PM ET
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i got those books today. I haven't heard about them. I also got that same note to.

Scott B. - ,
Date Posted: 10/10/2010 10:23 AM ET
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I "was" a member of Leisure's Horror Book Club and finally stopped due to the ineptness of their customer service. Since I am on Brian Keene's forum and blog, I heard straight from his mouth that Dorchester/Leisure are going digital and are doing away with their mass market paperbacks. Brian also said he had to cancel the rest of his signings from October on because he couldn't get his books from them to bring to the signings. They also let go of his Editor, Dan D'Auria.

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 3:43 PM ET
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Brian also said that we should cancel our memberships if we want to support our authors- because they are not being paid.  I have not cancelled mine yet.  I'm not sure why I am holding out.

Scott B. - ,
Date Posted: 10/10/2010 4:40 PM ET
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I have canceled mine, it was just ridiculous the excuses they gave for why you didn't have the books for the month.

Date Posted: 12/11/2010 1:00 AM ET
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So is everything going to be in trade paperback, I hate the format, i guess i will go to B&N this weekend and see what's happening.

Date Posted: 12/11/2010 6:42 AM ET
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I have cancelled my membership. So many different things have been said who knows what is true.  When they got the new head guy they started selling Brian Keene books again- after he already had gotten the rights back to his books.  Too bad.  I enjoyed the club.

Date Posted: 12/11/2010 1:22 PM ET
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I didn't even know about the whole shake-up, I just started reading Brian Keene books and I wanted too signup but I don't know now. I used to have a membership to Gold Eagle where for books such as Deadlands and Outlanders...too bad they don't do horror looks like they are in good shape.

Scott B. - ,
Date Posted: 12/12/2010 12:00 PM ET
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Supposedly they have a new CEO and he stated he was going to change things and right the ship so to speak but Brian Keene stated on his blog that not much has changed as of yet. He also started that Mass Market Paperbacks weren't going away, but they were still entertaining the Digital versions as well.

 

Scott

Date Posted: 12/12/2010 9:44 PM ET
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That's good to hear because I hate it when they forcefeed you to go digital.

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 6:35 PM ET
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Subject: Found this on Brian Keene's Blog...
Date Posted: 12/14/2010 10:00 AM ET
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The SFWA announced that they?ve placed Dorchester/Leisure on probation for one year, following proven instances of the company not paying authors and publishing editions of books they did not legally have the rights to.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 11:29 PM ET
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That's good I hope they realize that this digital trend is just that a trend. magazines still are popular even with the digital format.

Scott B. - ,
Date Posted: 12/15/2010 11:28 PM ET
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If you look into it, it's more expensive to get digital copies of books, the Kindle isn't cheap... so again, is this something else catering to the rich? I'd much rather have the paperback in hand...