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The Most Expensive Tolkien Book in the World
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GTC appear to have bought all the Tolkien lots in the Profiles in History Auction, including $104000 for the Elaine Griffiths inscribed LOTR.

"He also said that as part of the exhibition project GTC is forming the GTC Fellowship, a Tolkien collecting society."

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Posted on: 2008/12/17 22:56
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Re: HarperCollins proclaiming www.tolkien.co.uk
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"HarperCollins has launched two new e-commerce sites offering readers unique editions of work by JRR Tolkien and limited edition natural history titles.

Charlie Redmayne, director for digital development at HarperCollins UK, said that e-commerce was a "key part" of the publisher's strategy for digital growth. "It presents a channel whereby we can reach dedicated niche audiences," he said. "It gives us a chance to sell differentiated products direct to fans in a targeted, cost-effective way that reaches an audience with content we know they love."

The two sites follow an experimental online store launched last year offering fans of JRR Tolkien a limited edition of the Children of Hurin. Redmayne said the publisher sold £100,000 of books in just over three months. "In research we carried out the fans told us they wanted more- more unique Tolkien titles and more range. So we listened and are excited by the opportunities this store creates.”

The Tolkien site, at www.tolkien.co.uk, is live now and will focus on selling special editions of the Lord of the Rings' author's work that are not available from other outlets. Its first special offer is a deluxe edition of Tales from the Perilous Realm, which is illustrated and signed by Alan Lee and priced £60."

After the initial failings with the website, I hope that it suceeds, but I wonder why they have not considered setting up an advisory panel for the website from Tolkien Fans' such as ourselves, to get feedback on new issues, limited editions and book prices. I am sure that people on this site would be happy to provide feedback to them on these areas.

Posted on: 2008/12/16 3:27
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Re: 1982 Super Deluxe Silmarillion Question
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Indeed it does. I assumed that the regular members of this board would all know where the name Trotter comes from, having all read the History of Middle-Earth volumes that deal with the History of the Lord of the Rings.

Although I use this name I am glad that Tolkien changed the character to Strider, I don't think a Hobbit Ranger who wore boots has the same gravitas as Strider does in the finished book.

Andrew

Posted on: 2008/12/15 10:23
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Re: 1982 Super Deluxe Silmarillion Question
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I am also struggling with this.

GA&U contracted with Christopher Tolkien to sign 100 copies of the book, but did not follow through with that. The signed copies would sell more easily than the other copies, so why would they not have done this? I would think that we know that at least 100 signed copies exist.

I am really interested now to know exactly how many signed and non-signed copies were sold.

Anyone know how we can find out?

alpingloin Thanks for starting this topic

Posted on: 2008/12/12 13:54
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Re: Facimile Dustjackets
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This is quite an interesting area.

In one sense yes they are a breach of copyright, as you are taking a very quality image of the original cover and reproducing it as a high quality image. The cover images of the books are copyrighted by the book publishers and The Tolkien Estate.

In another sense they may not be in breach of copyright, if you marry the facsimile dustjacket with an original book that has lost its original wrapper, that this is a facsimile of.

The book was originally sold with a dustjacket that has been lost and you have replaced it with a copy of its original wrapper. I think it is probably difficult to argue breach of copyright in this example.

Posted on: 2008/12/11 0:49
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