(urth) Lexicon Urthus

Maru Dubshinki marudubshinki at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 10:05:16 PDT 2005

Argument time!  Cory Doctorow, who releases his novels in a
multiplicity of formats, many of which are more convenient to read
(such as Palm editions), estimates his sales have at least *tripled*
because of people tasting his novels online and then buying the print
version for perusal. I see no reason why the same principle would not
hold for LU-  would you buy a 30$ reference book sight unseen? With no
verification of the contents besides what a few reviews say? (Err...
That's a hypothetical you, just for the record.)

And as far as the third-party goes... I'm not surprised at all. The
surprise would be if the converse happened.  I mean, didn't LU not
sell out its first printing? Didn't a bunch of unsold copies have to
be auctioned off on Ebay?  That doesn't sound like a potential
blockbuster, or even a modest seller, unfortunately. Too restricted in
its appeal.


On 7/22/05, James Wynn <thewynns at earthlink.net> wrote:
> >...one could make an argument that online copies would not
> >cannibalize a print-on-demand edition. At least for me, physical text
> >is superior to bits, and worth paying for.
> One could make that argument, but most people will never get around to
> actually crossing the line and buying a book -- particularly a $30 reference
> book -- if the same information is available for free...despite their best
> intentions. It's just human nature. Still, I'm surprised a third-party
> publisher has not successfully made a paperback offer that was financially
> worth Mantis' while.
> I'm very proud of my particular copy, and I only wish more Gene Wolfe fans
> would visit my house so I could gloat over it.
> J
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