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Another quality Ebay item, with a very unusual signature but I suppose it is what you should expect from someone who dies 16 years before they signed the book.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/THE-HOBBIT-J-R- ... ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

The usual request please report to Ebay, they only seem to do anything about these if a few people complain.

EDIT: I looked at it again and it could be signed by John Tolkien I suppose in which case it may be genuine, are examples of his signature anywhere on the Internet to compare with, I only have examples of Christopher and Michael's signature.

Posted on: 2007/11/28 15:23


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I seem to have formed the HarperCollins Defence Association...!

Can I point out that 3 of the 4 books in the deluxe collection are 1st Impressions? Also, the deluxe Hobbit is still available from Amazon.co.uk (and TolkienBooks.net!) for 60 GBP. Based on current prices for the volumes at Amazon you would pay 181 GBP, so that puts the slipcase at 19 GBP - not a bargain I admit but HC aren't directly competing with Amazon in this case.

I don't believe that this set is aimed at those collectors who already have copies of the deluxe editions (I count myself as an unusual exception), rather it is for newcomers. It may take a year or two to sell them but they will sell steadily I think.

With regards to the books being sold in America, any US seller is allowed to sell HarperCollins editions. UK sellers can also sell to US buyers. It is HarperCollins (and presumably their wholesalers) that are restricted from selling copies to US dealers or individuals. If HarperCollins were to distribute any edition in the U.S., via Houghton Mifflin or with their permission, they would have to pay a royalty which (I presume) is what they want to avoid in this case.

As far as I can tell, previous deluxe editions were sold by the publisher directly and via booksellers, but the U.S. exclusions still applied. I think this is the first really expensive edition to be sold since internet shopping has become so popular, so there hasn't been the opportunity, or need, for the publisher to be the sole source before - which is perhaps why the inability of the publisher to sell directly to the U.S. hasn't been highlighted before.

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If I may be permitted a small plug - my super-deluxe CoH is finishing on Bay tomorrow - seller ID is wellinghall.

Posted on: 2007/11/28 10:53


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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

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Posted on: 2007/11/28 6:52


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[Thanks for that info. Rowns]

I wasn't really talking about the Super-deluxe editions in particular though. My point was, that if US buyers could purchase HoME deluxe editions (books which HM must hold the rights for in the US?), why is this any different? (particularly if HM have no intention of releasing their own Super-deluxe; couldn't they allow distribution in this case?)

The HoME deluxe editions don't constitute new editions as such (Yes/No?); they didn't even have a new preface or introduction. So surely HM held the rights to distribute these in the US?; or conversely HC didn't hold the rights for them in the US, and US customers would have had the same problem as they have now? (with CoH Super-deluxe). But you could buy them and get them sent to US!

Is this warped logic? Or is it simply that rights issues are different for individual titles? (Is HoME example exceptional because of the titles being collected together?). Or is it something more specific; like the fact that HC are distributing the titles themselves? (and not through a wholesalers).

BH

Posted on: 2007/11/28 4:38
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