Monday, March 21, 2016

Ye Olde Partners Page

Ye Olde Partners Page
*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"I still remember the time you said goodbye . . ."
                                                                                     --Jon Anderson

1)  LONG DISTANCE RUNAROUND . . .  Once Harper Lee passed away, it was only a matter of time until the publisher shenanigans would begin in earnest. For many years, Grand Central had licensed the mass market edition of To Kill A Mockingbird (9780446310789) 7.99 from Harper Collins.  On Monday, we learned that the license will not be renewed, so there will be no mass market edition available. Much like Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (9781451673319) 15.99, as soon as the author dies, the major corporation who holds the copyright will remove the consumer friendly mass market and saddle readers with the tradepaper edition, which in many cases is much more expensive.  In Mr. Bradbury's case, ironically, the author prevented the mass market edition from being removed by the publisher while he was still alive. So today, after a round  of negative publicity, Harper Collins has announced that it will only be charging $8.99 for To Kill A Mockingbird (9780060935467) 14.99 in the tradepaper edition to direct school accounts for a limited time.  How limited? The publisher is saying that like any sales promotion they 'will evaluate it on a ongoing basis.' Or in other words, they will wait until no one is paying attention and then jack the price back up again . . .


2)  SOUTH SIDE OF THE SKY . . .  With the popularity of comic books, er, graphic novels, I guess it was just a matter of time until the Baby Boomers resurrected their childhood love of coloring books, too.  From Hachette, we have received their version of the Colored Pencils Set (9780735346994) 13.99.  It has 24 colored pencils in a nice box.  We have also received a couple of new, inexpensive coloring books from Rebecca Jones; The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Flowers and Butterflies (9780763692445) 10.99 and The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Nature (9780763692452) 10.99.  As a bonus, you can color the cards as well as the envelopes.  I guess I can cross that one off my bucket list . . .


3)  5 PERCENT FOR NOTHING . . .  Finally, Bob Mehr has told the real story behind one of the most underrated bands of all time (and that is not hyperbole) in his new book, Trouble Boys (9780306818790) 27.50.  My friend Dennis turned me on to The Replacements many moons ago and they have become one of my favourites.  Over the years, I have heard second hand about their legendary drinking habits.  For example, one of my friends saw them perform live twice; she said the first concert was one of the best shows she'd ever seen, but they were so drunk the second time she saw them that she wanted her money back.  I always thought they should have been bigger than they were, but between their alcoholism and their total lack of business acumen -- which is shown in this book with warts and all -- they really never had a chance.  Long Live The 'Mats!   

Odds & Sods 

"Come out and see the Tigers, everybody!"  Baseball season is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than purchasing a copy of William Anderson's The Detroit Tigers:  A Pictorial Celebration of the Greatest Players and Moments, 5th Edition (9780814341575) 39.99.  With their acquisitions and if everyone stays healthy, it looks like the Tigers can make one more run at the World Series this upcoming season. Also, at this price, it truly is a bargain . . .

We would like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Stay safe and be careful out there on the roads tonight . . .

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