The oddities of Amazon . . .

I admit there are a lot of things to love about Amazon. It’s a great way to find all of those older books that your local book store doesn’t carry. But I’m not a big fan of all the used & new books from other sellers that pop up any time you search for an author’s books. If you buy one of the 53 used copies that show up on the book’s release day, the author doesn’t get any royalties from the sale. Plus I’m nearly positive that those copies that appear on the release day are review copies that were sent to reviewers for free. It just seems wrong for reviewers to then turn around and make a buck at the author’s expense.

But I didn’t mean to blog about that.

Here is the weird thing about those sale prices for books that are out of print. They can get bizarrely expensive. Someone just sent me a link to one of my out of print books, Time Riders.

Now, the problem with this book is that it had no editing done to it. In fact, the publisher inserted mistakes into the text. I never would have let Cedar Fort print the book if I had known this was going to happen, because it is really, really embarrassing. Not only are words missing and occasionally it’s unclear who is speaking, but during the story, the date changes by decades. At the climax the heroine’s hands are tied behind her back, then she’s grasping at her captor’s arms, then her hands are mysteriously tied behind her back again.

Yeah, it would have been nice if an editor caught that.

I was glad when the book went out of print.

But you can buy a used copy of the book on Amazon for a mere 900.00. In fact, you can buy two for that price. The new ones are a bargain at only 230.00.

I wish there was a way I could put a note next to those figures. For 900.00 I would personally read any interested buyer a version without the mistakes.