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Biscuit's picture

I was just browsing through Amazon, adding to my wish list (birthday coming up, husband and parents need ideas), and I noticed that Alice Medrich has a book that I'd never seen before!  So I put it on my wish list - "Chocolate Holidays".  All excited now, I go back and read more about the book, and it's a very good thing I did.  There is a very small, short line at the end of the description that says, "Originally published in hard-cover as 'A Year In Chocolate'". 


Why would they change the name just because they published it in hard and soft cover?  Why?  I went back and deleted it from my wish list, but damn!  If I hadn't read that I'd have gotten the book and been really angry because I already OWN that book in hardcover.


I don't get it - why change the name?  That makes no sense to me at all.  A book is a book is a book - the name should stay the same whether hard cover, soft cover or no cover.


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soupereasy's picture

(post #62868, reply #1 of 6)

Couldn't agree with you more.


I would hate to think that they were just out to dupe the people who don't always read the fine print! Nah, they wouldn't do something like that. :(

Adele's picture

(post #62868, reply #2 of 6)

Yup, they do that with regular books too.  Irritates me to no end thinking I've found a new title by such and such an author and it's a re-do of an old one. 'Due to popular demand, this has been re-printed'.  Since the intro is new they must figure it rates a new title.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #62868, reply #3 of 6)

I've fallen into that trap with knitting books.  A pox on all their houses!!



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MadMom's picture

(post #62868, reply #4 of 6)

My DH has often purchsed "new" paperback books only to find out he's already read them.  Infuriating.



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Marie Louise's picture

(post #62868, reply #5 of 6)

Marketing.

IIRC, that book didn't sell well.

Now if they would just re-release her Cookies & Brownies Cookbook. I don't care what they call it, mine is in tatters.

Glenys's picture

(post #62868, reply #6 of 6)

Sometimes an author will switch publishers because the original publisher has decided not to reprint; the contract lapses and therefore no subsequent reprints; publisher has been morphed into a difficult company and title go with it; author moves another publisher but required to use new title with new publisher  etc.......