Monday, September 19, 2011

Curiosity has gotten the better of me!

Hey ladies,

I have a question for you.  So many authors have books that rerelease these days - usually the only thing new is the cover.  I get very upset when I buy a book that I've already read, don't you?  Most (but not all) authors attempt to make it clear, but I think publishers and booksellers could do a better job of informing readers. Yes, I realize that booksellers are only interested in doing what their name implies, but I still feel ripped off.  I don't buy on impulse these days as much as I used to, but still don't like feeling that I need to doublecheck whether a "new" release is really a rerelease. If I buy a book that's a rerelease, that leaves me with fewer dollars to purchase a release that is truly "new."
What do you think? How many times have you bought a book that you already have a copy of? Does it make you angry?  I imagine with the popularity of ereaders these days, there are more and more of us purchasing Kindle or Nook versions of books we may have forgotten about on our bookshelves.  There are some authors that I'll buy on Kindle because I can then donate print versions of their books to the library and clear out some bookshelf space, but I prefer that decision be mine to make; not because I've forgotten about an earlier version of the book.
I hope everyone's week is off to a great start! I'll be announcing a fun new contest in a couple of days, so please stay tuned! Something a little different that I think will be fun - hope you agree!
Laurie

6 comments:

Heather said...

The only time I've accidentally bought two of any book is when I've forgotten I already had something. If I am not sure a book by a favorite author is new or a rerelease, I check the copyright date.

Jane said...

Luckily it hasn't happened to me, but I have almost been fooled usually with the special 2-1 books.

Pat L. said...

I dont think that has happened to me, but it almost has. I too check the copywright date.

Virginia said...

Yes I do get mad when that happens. I do check the copywright date but you can't do that when you are ordering on line. I am not sure they should change the covers or at least let you know that it is a reissue.

Laurie G said...

I'VE DONE IT SEVERAL TIMES PROBABLY BECAUSE WE GO TO FLORIDA FOR PART OF THE WINTER AND I FORGET WHAT I HAVE AT HOME. I STILL MAKE MISTAKES EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TWO NOTEBOOKS WHERE I TRY TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE BOOKS I OWN OR HAVE READ.

I HAVE ALSO BOUGHT REISSUES THAT I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE REISSUES... JANET DAILEY COMES TO MIND.

I HATE IT WHEN THEY CHANGE THE TITLE AND THEN THEY DON'T SAY IT'S A REISSUE.

BOOKS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR ME TO BUY THE SAME BOOK TWICE. I GET VERY UPSET WITH MYSELF.

Jodi said...

I've done it with re-issues and it makes me mad! I could have boughten another new book with that money!!
I think it would be easy for publishers to put a little "reissue" stamp on the cover somewhere.