2009 Fall Book Preview With Covers

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Man of Steel, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. BillJ

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    So Pocket is telling me their $8.99 stuff is shit work they think won't sell?
     
  2. Thrawn

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    Holy crap.

    Is it really that hard to understand charging more for something they expect people to be willing to spend more to buy?
     
  3. BillJ

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    So you agree they are gouging the suckers?
     
  4. Thrawn

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    You really love hyperbole.

    I love New Frontier. I'm willing to spend $11 for a New Frontier book; hell, I was willing to spend $20 back when they came out in hardcover. Thus, I do. The content is worth the price, so I pay it. I am thus a satisfied customer.

    Am I a sucker? Am I being gouged?
     
  5. BillJ

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    At least with a hardcover I can see a reason for a premium to be charged and the consumer can still purcahse the material at a later date for a cheaper price if they choose not to purchase the hardcover. I see none of this with the trade paperbacks.
     
  6. Thrawn

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    Ok, let's summarize.

    1) Many people made the argument that trades would lose Pocket money. At best, that's an argument that cannot be answered with facts, since we won't get them, and at worst it seems silly since bookstores are well known to prefer trades and the greater profit they bring.

    2) Many people said they couldn't see why Pocket would charge more for 'the same amount of content'. I explained why Pocket would do that, and you seem to understand it. So we're done with that; we understand why Pocket would do this, we understand that it won't lead them to ruin.

    3) That leaves us with you, the consumer. You first made an argument that charging more for the same word count was bad; I explained why that was inane, something you haven't challenged. So let's assume you acknowledge you were being silly about that.

    BUT...

    4) It's still your right to buy whatever you want to buy. If you don't think New Frontier is worth $11, then don't buy it. No one gives a shit. But at this point, all that is is personal preference, which can't be argued in any case.

    So you don't have to buy it, I'll be happy to, and Pocket will either make enough money to justify future trades or they won't. I mean, Pocket only reprinted hardcovers as MMPBs because it was profitable, not out of an altruistic desire to make customers happy. If this doesn't make them money, they won't keep doing it. And if you don't buy it, you'll do your part to make that happen. And then your job as a consumer is done, their best interests as a publisher will have been executed to the best of their ability, and life moves on.

    But don't get mad at people that disagree or infer that just because you're irritated Pocket is being stupid or dooming itself. They know that way better than you.
     
  7. AN_D_K

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    I suppose when it boils down to it, if TPBs were gotten rid of then we'd be back to the system of having a hardcover out a year before the paperback. My wallet and shelf can't handle that.
     
  8. BillJ

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    1) If you actually read all the posts, you would have seen that Allyn Gibson and I had already discussed this point. Reading comprehension is your friend.

    2) You continue to ignore the question of what makes a TPB worth the excessive price. Whether a movie is ninety minutes or two and a half hours I'm paying the same $9.75 to get in. MMPB are between 70,000 and 125,000 words and are softcover for X price. TPB are slightly larger in size, between 70,000 and 125,000 words and are softcover for nearly twice the price.

    3) It is bad when a corporation exploits its customers. This is exactly the same thing as when Paramount was charging $140 a season for Star Trek. Just because you like to grab your ankles when Dave Matthews comes to town doesn't mean everyone does.

    4) You're right. I don't have to buy it. But Pocket should be worried when they chase someone like me away with excessive pricing (good income, like to buy whatever has the label on it).

    Plus you're the one who came into the discussion with the attitude of an insufferable ass. Might want to tone it down in the future.
     
  9. seigezunt

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    I like them, because they look better next to my hardcovers. I miss the hardcovers (to the point I've been collecting the Gregg press editions), but this is a fair substitute.

    agree with the PS comment.
     
  10. Sci

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    No, they're saying that they think the demand curve intersects with the supply curve at the point that creates an equilibrium price of $8.99 for MMPBs and $16.00 for TPBs.

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    Also, get the fuck over it.

    The demand currently exists for TPBs, even if you don't enjoy them. If enough customers begin to agree with you, the demand curve for TPBs will become sufficiently low as to render it no longer profitable to make them, and Pocket will revert back to publishing novels as MMPBs. Welcome to capitalism, where the market does not always meet the will of the individual customer. If it bothers you that much, just borrow the TPBs from a library.
     
  11. Stevil2001

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    Or buy them used.
     
  12. ATimson

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    Still softcover, but with better quality paper (acid-free, so no yellowing), better binding, and (in my experience) a better chance at showing up at the bookstore undamaged (unlike all eighteen local copies of Losing the Peace I've seen).
     
  13. BillJ

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    Wow! Such venom because I chose 'The Time Ships' over a Trek book (which is where this all started). :guffaw:
     
  14. BillJ

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    Good points. Though I've noticed the covers seem to bend a bit more easily with the trades (in my experience).
     
  15. Sci

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    "Lol look guys someone made a big deal over something I made a big deal out of lulz1111"

    I get irritated over someone whining about the price of a book they don't need. We're not talking about health care or some essential service, or even the price of a textbook you need for college. We're talking about the price of a Star Trek book.

    If you can't afford a $16 book, or think it's too high of a price, then buy it used or borrow it from a library. Don't spend your time whining about the fact that the market is serving a demand curve for a minor luxury that you're not a part of, and don't run around putting words in the publisher's mouth ("So Pocket is telling me their $8.99 stuff is shit work they think won't sell?").

    A market exists for a product you're not willing to buy. If you really want to understand why that product is priced as it is, take a microeconomics course. Otherwise, don't whine about it.
     
  16. BillJ

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    This is a discussion board? Am I right on that? A place where we discuss Trek books? I would think the price of Trek books would fit right in on a discussion board that discusses Trek books. Am I somehow wrong?

    I left it at "I didn't buy it", until another poster decided to bust my chops over it.

    Speaking of economics, look up "diminishing returns" and then maybe you'll understand what my beef actually is. :p
     
  17. Allyn Gibson

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    I don't know. I was disappointed in the quality of Pocket's Night of the Dragon. The paper quality was low, and the cover felt exceedingly cheap. I would hope that that was an outlier, and that if Pocket did go with trades for future Trek books, they would be more like Treason or the Mirror/Myriad anthos (which are all sturdy and well-made) than like Night of the Dragon.

    EDIT: Night of the Dragon, by the way, is a World of WarCraft novel. Just wanted to clarify.
     
  18. David cgc

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    You know, if they're going to keep doing this with the Voyager novels, I'd recommend the December 2007 image. You could crop the other ships easily enough and just have a cool shot of Voyager hovering over a sun.
     
  19. Sci

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    I never said you couldn't say whatever you wanted, but don't be surprised if whining irritates other posters and they let you know it.

    I understand full well what your beef is, and there's no reason to think that TPBs -- which are more profitable than MMPBs according to people who actually work in the industry -- somehow represent a diminishing return just because there are some people who are not willing to buy a TPB.
     
  20. BillJ

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    Wow. I never knew speaking your mind on a message board equated to whining. Or is it only whining when it doesn't match up to the company line? I've noticed a couple of posters who'll come running to 'save the day' whenever someone questions a production or creative decision made by Pocket.

    And "diminishing returns" works both ways. For the TPB's, the value versus costs just doesn't match up anymore for me. For me a 110,000 (roughly) word novel just isn't worth $16.00. If it was a six-hundred page, two hundred thousand word epic my feelings would probably be different.