Booking Through Thursday: OOP


Do you have a favourite book, now out of print, that you would like to see become available again? (I have several…)

Again, I was going to pass on this one, and again, it was Karen! to the rescue.

Let’s stop and pretend, because we all know I prefer to pretend than be bored by real life. *grin*

Well, maybe we don’t have to pretend. Let’s dream, instead. Of a future that, when a book’s print rights expire, will include a way for those rights to be resold, maybe on a royalty-only basis (but a HIGH royalty basis. Like ridiculously high) to a system that is essentially digital and POD. Yes, I said the dirty word: Print-on-Demand.

Because let’s face it: for almost every book on the planet, there’s someone who’d like to have it. Maybe they can’t or won’t pay a collector’s price for it. Maybe they don’t want a collector’s edition in the first place. What they want is an old friend they can return to, time and again.

If it’s done digitally and with a POD format, people can have these books when they want them. Books can be available forever.

And authors can have the option to re-sell the rights to a publisher who might want to promote the book and make a really slick copy that would be sold through bookstores around the world. Yep, the POD option would go away … until the rights expire again.

Let’s face it: most of us readers may be willing to wait for it to come out in paperback. But how many times have you sat down to pick up a book you’ve really wanted and bought whatever you find at a used book site? I’ll admit, I do it all the time (that’s why I have this small trading problem).

This means I don’t think that people would wait for a book to return to its POD status. And who said it’d be cheaper that way, anyway? Not if an author would get the stupidly high royalty that I personally think we’re entitled to!

No, it’s not a perfect model I’m putting forth here. Remember, I’m dreaming here. Because let’s face it: most books go out of print because the demand’s dried up. Maybe one or two would sell on my imperfect model. But maybe enough would that a publisher would sit up, take notice, and buy the rights and promote the book and earn a few bucks.

And maybe publishers will promote all their mid-list and new authors, too. I know. I know.

Like I said, it’s only a dream.



  1. L^2

    December 6, 2007 8:36 pm

    Sounds like a good idea to me. I hate it when I can’t find/buy a book because it’s out of print. BR/BR/BTW: There’s a present waiting for you at my blog (A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”here/A). 🙂

  2. Anne

    December 6, 2007 11:05 pm

    Michele sent me to say ‘Hello.’BR/BR/You’ve caught me off guard, I know I’ve wanted oop books before but I can’t think of what they were. I’ll probably think of it next week.BR/BR/Your idea seems good, though.

  3. Ann

    December 6, 2007 11:46 pm

    It’s a nice dream. 🙂

  4. pussreboots

    December 7, 2007 3:04 am

    I love print on demand books. I actually bought two such books this year as gifts. I agree 100% with your dream of more out of print books becoming available from POD. BR/BR/I wrote about one of my favorite books, Cats are Not Peas.

  5. gautami tripathy

    December 7, 2007 7:30 am

    Now, that I call is a good idea. In India, we don’t get access to many books. Bookmooch has come to my rescue. But that is not the option always!BR/BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”reading room/A

  6. Darla

    December 7, 2007 7:35 am

    I don’t know why this isn’t done already. When demand dries up, it doesn’t necessarily go down to zero–just down to some level that makes them not profitable, and storing and organizing tons of actual books takes a lot of space and time and money. But storing them electronically is a different story. BR/BR/I’d hate to see POD used on new releases, but as an alternative for when books go out of print, I think it’s a great idea.

  7. karen!

    December 7, 2007 10:22 am

    Glad I was able to provide a spark.BR/BR/Happy Friday!BR/BR/(S, you just have to give in and join Facebook. I have this little pet on my profile and I just put a giant menorah in his little habitat. I have an elephant and the menorah is bigger than he is – I know if you saw it it would make you smile)

  8. LisaMM

    December 7, 2007 1:59 pm

    It is nice to dream…

  9. Camille Alexa

    December 9, 2007 2:03 am

    Dreaming is nice.

  10. Anonymous

    December 9, 2007 3:38 pm

    Another good idea falls onto your keyboard, Susan.BR/BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Marcia (MeeAugraphie)/A

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