Hardcover Editions

A Picture of a eBook

Maybe it's just nostalgia, but I LIKE physical copies! Especially when you want to hand them around the gaming table!

Sadly, no article today (and possibly on a few later days). I’m trying to set up to make as many of the Distant Horizons Games books as possible available in hardcover as well as softcover and .PDF editions. That will include at least one book – Legends of High Fantasy – that’s been essentially out of physical print for years.

Hopefully, thanks to some new software, this project will not take very long.

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  1. I have to say that, having recently looked at the print options over on Lulu (as my existing paperback copy of Eclipse is buried deep in the attic, and my last attempt to retrieve it ended in frustration), I’m a bit confused by the varying versions of the books.

    Let’s take Eclipse as an example. Looking through the list of books which have you as the author, the different versions of Eclipse available (notwithstanding Eclipse II or the combined copies of Eclipse I & II) are:

    Eclipse (paperback) – $29.99
    Eclipse Direct Edition (paperback) – $23.96
    Eclipse (hardcover) – $32.00
    Eclipse (hardcover) – $35.00
    Eclipse Direct Edition (hardcover) – $35.00

    What’s the difference between the two (non-Direct Edition) hardcover books, since one is $3 more than the other? For that matter, what’s the difference between the Direct Edition of the book and the non-Direct Edition?

    • Basically it went like this:

      The original setup was that the Eclipse Paperback was available through Lulu for 23.96$ – which meant a modest profit for me and Lulu.

      Unfortunately, when it came to making it available through Amazon and other outlets, you had to pay for that for a specific edition – and then they take a very large cut. Between Amazons cut, Lulu’s cut, and printing costs, that was enough to make selling Eclipse at the original price a losing proposition. Ergo I had to set up a markup for indirect sales. There was a simple system for that.

      Then Lulu changed the rules to comply with new overseas regulations that forbid differing prices for the same book. So Lulu upped the price on direct sales to match the indirect sales markup. Given that I preferred to keep the price down, this meant setting up “Direct Edition” versions with exactly the same content, but with a title shift to make them “a different edition”.

      Originally printing hardcovers required an entirely separate setup; given how much trouble that was, and the limited number of hardcover requests, I didn’t bother with that until Lulu began offering a quick system to upgrade softcovers to (sadly more expensive due to higher printing costs) hardcovers, so I went ahead with that. That turned out to be a much bigger mess than it was supposed to be (hopefully Lulu has smoothed things out by now).

      Thus – in theory – it should have gone:

      Direct Editions (Only through Lulu): Paperback 23.96, Hardcover 32.00.

      Basic (Resale) Editions (Amazon, Etc): Paperback 29.99, Hardcover 35.00.

      Then Amazon changed the distribution rules, and the Direct Edition Hardcover apparently got automatically bumped to 35.00 to fit in. At about that point I got disgusted, and decided that messing with it yet AGAIN was all too likely to trigger more automatic revisions on Lulu’s and Amazon’s ends and wind up as a waste of time.

      So the differences between the editions are simply that some have “Direct Edition” on the spine.

      Since then I’ve just priced things for distribution; trying to fight it simply takes up far too much time – and I’m perennially short of time anyway.

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