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royalties for 2nd hand books? feel wrong & evil.i ...

2007-06-21T19:48:00.000+01:00

royalties for 2nd hand books? feel wrong & evil.

i like the idea of a website where if you really enjoyed a book you could pay the author a little extra, even if just 10 pence. i've read some very good & dirt cheap out-of-print books where i'd have happily sent the author an extra quid, e.g. Catherine Fox's 'Angels and Men' and Anita Mason's 'The Illusionist'.

only a nutter would go into writing to make money.



I don't think royalties on secondhand sales is pos...

2007-06-19T16:06:00.000+01:00

I don't think royalties on secondhand sales is possible. There's no way to track flea markets or garage sales. I've bought a lot of secondhand books because of the lower cost. I think an increase in price (which would be the result of attempting to provide royalties on secondhand sales) would only dissuade those on limited budgets from buying.

Just my opinion.

Thank you again for a wonderfully informative post - always a delight to read!



Good to see bosoms and breathless bimbos leading t...

2007-06-18T22:58:00.000+01:00

Good to see bosoms and breathless bimbos leading the lists again. Mark me, Paris Hilton will be next to the top, describing her epiphanies during one month in a cushy jail cell.



Thank you for the mention, Michael. I was tipped o...

2007-06-18T19:58:00.000+01:00

Thank you for the mention, Michael. I was tipped off that you were on to me!



forty-five thousand pounds!? How on earth do the b...

2007-06-18T19:19:00.000+01:00

forty-five thousand pounds!? How on earth do the books make that back?



I don't think Ms. DeWitt will see too much success...

2007-06-18T18:16:00.000+01:00

I don't think Ms. DeWitt will see too much success in creating systemic change. However, I do sort of love her idea of a "tip" on used books, if you like them. Having bought a number of very cheap used books that were absolutely killer, I would be happy to contribute to the author.

I can see the infomercial now - "For less than the cost of a glass of whiskey, you can save a starving midlister . . ."

I kid because I love; is there a business reason (such as flogging new books) why authors wouldn't want to put such a "tip jar" on their sites?



"I don't want to appear boastful to our American f...

2007-06-18T13:52:00.000+01:00

"I don't want to appear boastful to our American friends, but really, when you look at the history of the last 500 years, it is perfectly obvious that the Brits have been everywhere and done everything."

This very well may be true, but the United States has only been independent for about 230 years. We've done quite a bit in our short history compared to the hundreds upon hundreds of years the Brits have had to wield their influence around the globe. In terms of bizarre fiction, we'll have it soon covered when Fred Goldman publishes O.J.'s "confession."