RARA-AVIS: Half priced words

From: Terrill Lankford ( lankford2000@earthlink.net)
Date: 28 Nov 2005

-----Original Message----- From: Michael Robison < miker_zspider@yahoo.com> Sent: Nov 28, 2005 11:03 AM To: rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: 'Blonde Lightning: A Novel'

I ordered a copy last night. Strange that it's for sale at half price used already.


Miker, most of those used copies were on there the day Amazon's page officially opened for sales on the book. The publicist sent out about 200 copies of the book, mostly to internet "reviewers", in advance of the release date (on top of the ARCs that were sent out before the book went to press). Many of the internet reviewers are scammers who just want free books and do everything they can to get on publishers' mailing lists. They immediately place the book for sale on Amazon (and other sites), competing directly with the new book sales. (A practice Amazon should discontinue, but they don't seem to care how they get their money, as long as they get it.)

You can pick up hardcover copies of Earthquake Weather on its Amazon page for a penny! (And it's well worth it.) I can only assume these characters make a few bucks on the shipping and handling, or else why bother? (Even though a penny is one cent more than they had to shell out for the book.) I've bought a few penny copies of EW off Amazon to see what the "mint condition" copies would look like. They were far from pristine. So buyer beware on that front. A cheap reading copy is about the best you'll get out of most of them, no matter what their ads says.


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