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
- Exclusive 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 break down 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 to me and Cursed Child at Target.
SIDE NOTE/STORYTIME: On August 1st, the day after Cursed Child* released and I got back from traveling, 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 🙂