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

From: hardcasecrime ( editor@hardcasecrime.com)
Date: 24 Apr 2006

> who are we to criticize Charles's
> business model?

Thanks -- but that's all right, everyone should feel free to criticize my business model (especially if I stick my neck out by posting about it here).

I can't say my approach is right, or the best possible approach, or that anyone else's is wrong; all I can do is exlain what I do (and don't do) and why.

To answer your question, we don't have any Marlowe in the queue right now, but I'd love to do one at some point if we turned up just the right title.


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> Jeff wrote:
> "While your intentions seem to be noble, I think you're overlooking
> 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
> order to do this you've admitted that you have had to select titles
> think will sell and with which you have exclusivity by contract.
> 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
> Mark

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