DISCUSSION: How Many More Editions Can We Take?!

 

Special Editions 1

Hello everyone! So I don’t know if you’ve noticed – if you’re on Twitter, you probs have – but there’s a HUGE uproar about the 4 different special editions coming out for Empire of Storms* by Sarah J Maas. Ya, FOUR. Let’s list them out shall we?

  • Exclusive Content – Barnes & Noble (US), $14.99
  • Exlusive Content – WHSmith (UK), $7.29
  • Exclusive Content & Poster – Target (US), $16.50
  • Signed Edition – Waterstones (UK), $10.42

Hmmm. The same book, four ways. Actually, let’s be honest, the exclusive content at B&N, WHSmith and Target are all probably the same thing. So basically one book, 2.5 different ways (.5 is the poster at Target), all different prices. Now if you were to get all four versions, you would be spending $49.20. Ummm *looks around* WHAT?! I would be spending near 50 bucks on the SAME BOOK just for the 2.5 different things. They did this with Lady Midnight* by Cassandra Clare and Trials of Apollo* by Rick Riordan but Lady Midnight was the first time it seemed to start getting out of control and now it seems insane. Let me breakdown for you why even more:

Here’s the thing, Empire of Storms is in the Young Adult genre which is geared to young adults (duh) who are typically 14 – 20 years old who typically DON’T WORK FULL TIME. This means that we usually depend on our parents for money to pay things and/or are quite careful how we spend our money. Buuuuuuut, we also love our books. So now the situation is: bookish nerds who want to expand our awesome collection of books but who also don’t have a lot of money to just spend on whatever. So WHY, people working behind the scenes on our beloved YA books, WOULD YOU RELEASE FOUR SPECIAL EDITIONS OF ONE BOOK? The answer is, more exclusives + book nerds = mo’ money in BTS peoples’ pockets BUT the thing they’re missing is WE DON’T HAVE MONEY TO BUY ALL FOUR EDITIONS. It doesn’t end there though. Nope. Now, because we don’t have money to buy 4 editions, we’ve got to pick: do we wanna buy the UK paperback or the US hardcover? Do we want exclusive content or a poster or a signed edition? The thing is, the end answer is “I don’t know. I just want to read the book and love it.” Instead though, we’re being forced asked to make a really hard choice that makes the process of buying the book so much harder and way more annoying/frustrating/sad than it should be.

My thoughts? Take away all the special editions. Yup. Take all the exclusive content and posters and put them to the side (leave the signed though but put it in the UK AND the US editions). Now take all that exclusive content and posters and put them in one mini extra package for EVERYONE to buy. I am 100% sure that people will FLOCK to stores to pick up the book and the package as so happened with me and Cursed Child at Target.

SIDE NOTE/STORYTIME: On August 1st, the day after Cursed Child* released and I got back from travelling, I went to Target to get CC. As soon as I walked in the door, I RAN to the back of the store where I knew CC was, skidded to a stop and grinned really hard and made squealing noises. Then I grabbed a book, examined it for marks, put it back down, grabbed another one & the poster package and kissed them both while doing a mini dance right then and there. The one little family who was standing there the ENTIRE TIME at the CC booth, scooted over a little LOL.

Anyways, as you guys just saw, buying books can be realllly awesome and fun if you take out all the stress and frustration that comes with having like 50 different special editions (Cursed Child only had a Target special edition which came with a poster).

Aaaaand that’s all for my discussion on special editions. Now tell me, what are your thoughts on special editions and how many there are of just one book? Is it good or bad? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments below! Thank you! Have a great day/night and tata for now!

*This is an affiliate link I have with Amazon 🙂

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “DISCUSSION: How Many More Editions Can We Take?!

  1. I actually disagree about the special editions. While you might not want to spend $50 on multiple editions of the same book, some collectors do. Personally, I don’t care for the Throne of Glass series, but there are a few books that I want to own multiple editions of, both special editions and foreign editions. For example, I have SIX different editions of the Harry Potter series because I collect them. Does that mean that anyone else has to spend their money on every edition in print? Nope, just like I don’t have to buy every edition of SJM’s new book. But those who collect her books can have at it! I think demanding that publisher stop printing special editions is silly, since there are obviously many people who do want them (and buy them).

    The other thing I’d like to point out is that your statement that YA is for those 14-20 who don’t have jobs is not quite accurate. While the books are written with protagonists in that age group and may be written with readers that age in mind, the majority of YA books are actually bought by adults ages 18+, and (according to this 2012 study) the majority of THAT majority buy the books for themselves. I’m 28 and I read mostly YA fiction.

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

    Like

  2. Great post! I totally agree. To be honest, I don’t care if the book I bought is a special edition or not. And I really hate how price are being different from a store to another. I mean, they’re just basically the same thing.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: Ten Interesting Posts of the Week (8/20/16) – Pages Unbound

  4. I understand this feel!! Whenever I see different editions each with different “content” I have an irrational need to buy all of them, so when I saw that Empire of Storms had so many editions (plus the release of the coloring book) I started calculating my salary…. and decided I could do with one signed edition, lol.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I never really care for special bonus content anyway, so even if I were reading The Throne of Glass series (I stopped after book 1), this wouldn’t trouble me anyway. Bonus content is always underwhelming to me. However, I definitely get the frustration of avid fans who would like the content or who just want a collection of various editions of the book.

    Personally, while I do think there’s money behind this, I don’t really think Bloomsbury expects anyone to buy four editions. It might not have occurred to them that many people would want them. I would not be surprised if the stores (Target, B&N, etc.) had some say in this. “Well, if B&N has bonus content, we want some too if you want us to stock the book!” Or maybe the publisher offered them bonus content in exchange for some benefit we don’t know about (prominent placement in the store or something) It’s really hard to say.

    Liked by 1 person

Tell us what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s