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  • sholloman81
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    Any guesses as to what tomorrow's release might be? I don't normally read a ton of fantasy; so, I'm having a hard time coming up with an epic fantasy novel that is over a 1000 pages. Would love to hear what the forum thinks.

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  • WebInterceptor
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    Originally posted by jeffingoff View Post

    I guess technically they're limited. But there are a lot of people who get pissed and accuse the publisher of just phoning it in if the only thing limited about the book is the limitation page....
    I agree some of the aspects. I did try to find out what was the price at which this book was originally sold. it was sold at 60 pounds. I don't feel that was an exceptionally high price, yes it was barebones and had no artwork and all that jazz but it was way affordable than some of the current limited editions and considering it's currently on ebay for 575$, I would think that's quite a ROI if profitability is the only question here. Reading experience , not quite different from a regular trade one.

    To me the only thing that makes the book better is the artwork, but I don't see the point of letterpress, gilded pages, colored pgs, extra special binding, some amazing case wrapped in skin of some poor dead animal etc etc. Those are just so one can feel special to say "hey look, my book is wrapped in dead cobra skin or whatever". I personally don't any heightened reading experience from that. It's all about the author whose signature is there and the number of books printed. But i guess majority of people might not feel that way, I mean "alice in wonderland" is being sold at 4800$ in current day , so anything is acceptable these days lol.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    That is good to hear. I am always cautious of buying small press books from Amazon.
    Same. I used to get Sub Press books there from time to time, but am much more wary to do so now after getting trade HCs instead of signed/limiteds (and the original published price before discount reflected the limited) on two different occasions. Just not worth the gamble and worry anymore...now it’s either direct from Sub or Camelot.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by brlesh View Post

    I got my copy about a year and half ago, it came just as advertised from Beehive.

    In fact, in came not only in a slipcase, but in a decorative box that folds over the slipcase. Kind of defeats the purpose if you want to display the book / slipcase, but it does add another layer of protection.

    Also picked up The Willows and Other Nightmares from Beehive, and it was delivered in the same way.

    Pretty nice books for the price, especially given the Amazon discount.

    B
    That is good to hear. I am always cautious of buying small press books from Amazon.

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  • brlesh
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    There have been times that Amazon received books from distributers that were extra copies designated for libraries and they did not come with the slipcases. Not saying that is the case here, just mentioning it.
    I got my copy about a year and half ago, it came just as advertised from Beehive.

    In fact, in came not only in a slipcase, but in a decorative box that folds over the slipcase. Kind of defeats the purpose if you want to display the book / slipcase, but it does add another layer of protection.

    Also picked up The Willows and Other Nightmares from Beehive, and it was delivered in the same way.

    Pretty nice books for the price, especially given the Amazon discount.

    B

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by jeffingoff View Post

    I guess technically they're limited. But there are a lot of people who get pissed and accuse the publisher of just phoning it in if the only thing limited about the book is the limitation page. I don't mind it if the books are priced appropriately ($40-$50). But I've bought some very underwhelming books with no art apart from a new dust jacket for a lot more than that. If more goes into it, then I expect to pay more and I do so happily. I don't have insight into the bookkeeping but I'm sure the profit margins are roughly the same for cheaper material sold at cheaper prices and more complex/expensive materials sold at more expensive prices. Yes the pricey books bring in more money but they generate higher bills for the publisher because require more money for the ingredients. I read these books and a signature and a designation doesn't make a heightened reading experience. It's the feel and the weight and design and art and presentation. But it's all subjective. Some just want the limitation or the signature. Some want the whole parade. Hype is only hype if it's baseless.
    Well said. There’s no denying that the general price of limited editions has increased on the average from where it was a few years ago. This has become a more expensive hobby, for the most part, and for most of us that requires some discerning selectivity. For those books on the higher end of that cost scale, their commensurate quality and production values are usually tactile and readily apparent...if they’re not, the capitalist market will take care of that. On the hand, for those books on the lower end of that scale, they are limiteds in that they have a signature and enumerated limitation, but the handling and reading does not typically have the same depth of experience. Sure, it’s a subtle, nuanced difference, but in the same way that my Kawasaki and BMW motorcycles both get me from Point A to Point B, there is something to be said about investing more in an one option over the other because that nuanced, desirable difference is important to you.

    For me, the numbered Suntup train just isn’t for me because their nuanced glory isn’t worth the investment to me, but I certainly understand why it is for others.

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  • jeffingoff
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    Originally posted by WebInterceptor View Post

    If it's got a signature and a limitation number it's limited edition enough, doesn't have to printed in gold and letterpress and blah blah blah. Some publishers just like to jack up prices by selling the hyped version which does not even have the author's signature as we are seeing these days.
    I guess technically they're limited. But there are a lot of people who get pissed and accuse the publisher of just phoning it in if the only thing limited about the book is the limitation page. I don't mind it if the books are priced appropriately ($40-$50). But I've bought some very underwhelming books with no art apart from a new dust jacket for a lot more than that. If more goes into it, then I expect to pay more and I do so happily. I don't have insight into the bookkeeping but I'm sure the profit margins are roughly the same for cheaper material sold at cheaper prices and more complex/expensive materials sold at more expensive prices. Yes the pricey books bring in more money but they generate higher bills for the publisher because require more money for the ingredients. I read these books and a signature and a designation doesn't make a heightened reading experience. It's the feel and the weight and design and art and presentation. But it's all subjective. Some just want the limitation or the signature. Some want the whole parade. Hype is only hype if it's baseless.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    That is wild. I would have never thought to review Amazon first for these titles.


    There have been times that Amazon received books from distributers that were extra copies designated for libraries and they did not come with the slipcases. Not saying that is the case here, just mentioning it.

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  • Ben Staad
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    That is wild. I would have never thought to review Amazon first for these titles.

    Originally posted by brlesh View Post

    Currently on sale at Amazon for $61.

    B

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  • brlesh
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    A deluxe edition of MOREAU to compete with Suntup’s was just released...very attractive edition, from what I see:

    https://beehivebooks.com/shop/moreau
    Currently on sale at Amazon for $61.

    B

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  • Ben Staad
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    Yep. It was bound to occur when the cost of everything else has increased so much. I am having to change my collecting habits to account for the price point of things these days. My standard budget was/is $100/month which at the time afforded me one (or more) interesting purchases a month.

    However things have changed so I will just need to buy less books and really try and do a better job of tracking things I really want and save for them.

    No more impulse buys or buying something because I like the art.

    Originally posted by swintek View Post

    Nice. I love me some Bill Sienkiewicz, and he is a natural for this book. Will have to look at this one as a "cheaper" alternative (at $100, these Public Domain- i.e. "free" texts- are certainly getting spendy!).

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  • JeremyM
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    I like the Beehive books, but they are definitely more about the art than the story. The paper is heavyweight, but unremarkable, and the format is just huge - which is good for presentation of the art but not something you'll be reading in bed. I think at the price they do represent good value for the basic volumes but having splashed out for one of the 'limited' editions previous ('The Willows'), I'd probably not do that again.

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  • swintek
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    It really does, doesn’t it? And on a design level, that slipcase and interior artwork are strikingly impressive.
    Nice. I love me some Bill Sienkiewicz, and he is a natural for this book. Will have to look at this one as a "cheaper" alternative (at $100, these Public Domain- i.e. "free" texts- are certainly getting spendy!).

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    An introduction by Guillermo Del Toro feels spot on for this book.
    It really does, doesn’t it? And on a design level, that slipcase and interior artwork are strikingly impressive.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    A deluxe edition of MOREAU to compete with Suntup’s was just released...very attractive edition, from what I see:

    https://beehivebooks.com/shop/moreau
    An introduction by Guillermo Del Toro feels spot on for this book.

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