Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Legal, but is it ethical?

Date: 24 Apr 2006

Jeff wrote:

"While your intentions seem to be noble, I think you're overlooking some points and glossing over others. To turn a profit, any profit, after only a year or so in a niche market such as this is fantastic. And in order to do this you've admitted that you have had to select titles you think will sell and with which you have exclusivity by contract. That business model seems to automatically exclude works in the public domain, which is unfortunate since there are a lot of works in the public domain that deserve reprinting."

Yes, I would love to read Chaze's book, and I would buy a Hard Case Crime edition of it (and it's highly doubtful that I'll buy a POD of it, since I'm enough of a collector geek that I want the artifact in my hands). However, who are we to criticize Charles's business model? Even if Charles chooses to pass on public domain material, I can't imagine him running out of reprint material any time soon.

Sure, there are plenty of books I'd like to see reprinted that he probably won't (any Dan Marlowe on the horizon?), but I'm very happy to read the ones he has. Sure, I've got some quibbles (Night Walker is the least of the Hamiltons I've read, for instance), but they're minor. Thank you Charles (and your partners) for introducing me to a lot of great old (and new) books I might not otherwise have been able to read.


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