From J.K. Rowlings to J.R.R. Tolkien, publishers are finding that collectable
editions have a good market. Galleycat
pointed out that Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and Chuck
Palahnuik’s Rant (and reviewed on this blog recently) have collectable
editions at $150.00 a pop.
The Wall Street Journal did a story about the
collectable edition trend and the market for such books. The articles goes on to
note, “In Britain, a limited, signed edition of Ian McEwan's new novel, "On
Chesil Beach," has almost sold out at nearly $200 a copy; one is now being
offered on eBay for as much as $370.”
For book collectors and
lovers, the rarity of a limited deluxe edition makes for an interesting addition
to the library, a conversation item, and, if one is lucky, an investment.
I have two limited editions and still have copies:
edition of A
Killing Smile (only 275 signed, numbered hardback copies, with leather
cover and box). The price: $275.00
Special edition of Gambling on Magic (125 copies, numbered hardback
copies). The price: $49.95
To give you an idea of the market for
collectable copies of my books, go to amazon.uk Prices for
Spirit House are as follows:
Used - Very Good
Rating: 91% positive over the past 12 months (15172
ratings.) 19096 lifetime ratings.
Delivery: In stock. Dispatched from FL,
United States International delivery available See delivery rates
Nice Book, Delivery in 1-2 weeks.
Used - Good
Rating: 85% positive over the past 12 months (9311 ratings.)
12088 lifetime ratings.
Delivery: In stock. Dispatched from GA, United
States International delivery available See delivery rates
FROM THE UNITED STATES VIA AIR MAIL. SHOULD ARRIVE WITHIN 21 BUSINESS DAYS.
Hundreds of thousands of items in stock. ... ( » more )
Used - Good
Rating: 91% positive over
the past 12 months (985 ratings.) 1251 lifetime ratings.
Delivery: In stock.
Dispatched from CA, United States Expedited delivery available International
delivery available See delivery rates
Comments: 1992 Paperback. 100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed! Good to Very Good condition. Good, tight readable copy
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Given those figures, I’d say the
price for the remaining copies of the special editions of A Killing Smile
and Gambling on Magic are a bargain.