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Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe

Subject: Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
by skwishmi on 2007/11/28 6:52:31

Hello all,
a few comments :

Canadian editions of CoH were published by HC Canada, and state as much on the copyright page. Though they are in all other ways identical, they are identifiably not British imports.

Perhaps I should keep my mouth shut so as not to shoot myself in the foot, but I also wonder how it is that retailers outside the US can sell to US residents.

Regardless of trade rights issues (and even if HM hadn't put out BCE size editions), it certainly is both incorrect and wrong to call up a HM information page when a search for a HC ISBN is made. They require different ISBNs because they are different books, and it is misleading for a retailer to re-direct searches to what it wants visitors to see - and, if this is a slippery slope, it could void half the work that went into my website.

HC sold perfectly exclusive rights to HM - with it already on the market, the time to get special permission for "Super-Deluxe" to be sold in the US is past. However, last week I wrote a somewhat bitter red-headed-US-stepchild commentary to store.tolkien.co.uk anyway, and got a personal reply/apology from David Brawn. I am now very, very slightly less bitter

"We are hoping to produce further special or limited editions in the future, and (...) I hope we will be able to address some of your concerns."

Perhaps once the book is in hand I will be another very small bit less bitter . . . :D

Skwish
The U.S. Tolkien Guide