This isn’t a rant. A peeve is milder than a rant and since I’m still feeling rather mellow instead of being very annoyed, I’m slightly miffed. I was visiting a blog earlier and the blogger – Emily a new reader blogger, was reviewing Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I noticed that the cover she had was obviously a reissue as it sure was different than the copy that I have. And that reminded me of one of my peeves.
Now this is directed at publishers not authors – I know they have no say; thus I know it will never get read by anyone who counts; not unless I email it, but I’m kind of annoyed at the number of reissues of books that are still readily available. The reissues of Nora Roberts are by far the worst of them. It seems her books are sometimes only a couple of years old before they’ve been reissued once again with a whole different set of covers. Of course the price has also gone up.
Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor’s books are also among those that the publishers have reissued in, what to me, is a totally unnecessary way. I was at the book store not long ago and they had the original copy of Master of Seduction and sitting right next to it was a reissue with a different cover – and a higher price tag. Another similar thing happened not long ago when I went to purchase a copy of Lucky’s Lady by Tami Hoag. One day there was an older version sitting on the shelf at Wal-Mart and not too far away was a reissue with a different cover. I didn’t get it at the time and went back the next week. The older (and less expensive) issue was gone. I had a mind set to read that book so I like a lamb led to slaughter, bought the newer version but I was still pretty ticked off. Although, FWIW, the book was a mighty good one. It was written way back when she was still writing primarily romance.
Johanna Lindsey is another romance author who seems to have a lot of reissues sitting on the shelves. It puzzles me aplenty because you can pick them up for a song at UBS’s. I’m always tempted to ask a customer at a regular book store who has picked up one, why they don’t just check out a UBS as they would be paying way less than half the price for the ones sitting on the regular book store shelves! So far though, I haven’t quite had the nerve.
I don’t understand why, when many of these books are so readily available, some even still on the shelves at regular book stores, the publishers are reissuing them so soon after the original release. – Oh wait – what am I thinking? It’s the money of course. All right, I don’t understand why readers would purchase books that are so easy to find at UBS’s when they are either a) by a very popular author thus sure to be many copies around or b) a book that has been released within the past few years and has now been re-released. I suppose they aren’t as savvy as some readers who are a wee bit cynical and check the release date on almost every book they buy unless they know it’s a new release.
Of course this bothers me even more because some of the older books I’ve been trying to track down for ages haven’t been reissued; Dance by Judy Cuevas for example. Laura London aka Tom & Sharon Curtis is another author I’d love to see re-released. Ditto with Teresa Weir and Laura Leone. In some cases this isn’t true. It’s great to see some of Laura Kinsale’s earlier works being reissued and released for the newer generation of romance readers. And thankfully without the Fabio cover! They were risqué and provocative for their time, but I prefer the newer covers. And I was pleased to see that some of Loretta Chase’s hard to find books have been reissued. Lion’s Daughter and Captive of the Night were both very HTF. Now if they re-release Lord of Scoundrels with a different cover, that would be great.
So with my peeve of the day covered, onto better news!
I found a few new romance centric bloggers over the holiday. I love when that happens. First off there is Kristie. I did a bit of a double-take when I first saw her name on Wendy’s blog. Then there is the aforementioned Emily, another new to the blogoshpere romance blogger. And I also found Meghan who has been around longer but I just happened to find thanks to the Romance Reader Ring. We share great taste in music *g*.
And because I love the chance to win Free Books!, the ladies at Sanctuaries Finest are giving away books if you link to them or add a copy of their logo. Being as I can’t figure out how to copy the picture, I’ll just have to settle for mentioning and linking them.
And finally - speaking of pictures, it looks like those of us who use Hello - a feature of Picassa will be loosing it in the new year. Since I use Hello and actually know how it works, the thought of it going the way of the Dodo has me terrified. If anyone could let me know how the replacement works or an easy alternative, I would be ever so grateful! I need to be able to do pictures. That's the main reason I bought a digital camera. I'm not a happy camper that something that works so well and I have pretty much mastered is leaving me.