some of my mass market paperbacks

not-an-emosmurfwitch  asked:

The American Gods TV show has increased the popularity of all of your books here in Canada, this means that they've become more expensive to buy. Some of your books in paperback that used to be $10-12 are now $18-20. This means that they have become somewhat prohibitively expensive. Libraries are always a great option, but I was wondering how you feel about prices going up along with the popularity of your books.

I just checked and the mass market paperback editions of my books that used to sell from $10-12 are selling for $11.25 to $12.12.   For example, Neverwhere is   This doesn’t seem like much of a price hike.

The larger format trade paperback editions are selling from between $13.69 to $21.59 depending on the book, just as they did before American Gods was on the TV. Here’s the trade paperback edition of Anansi Boys:

So from what I can see, this hasn’t happened, there hasn’t been a price hike, and the cheap books are still available in Canada.


It’s finally happened. I have reached maximum capacity.

It was so hot yesterday that I couldn’t focus on work, so I thought I’d try rearranging the shelves to hopefully gain a bit of space. Even with my moving most of the mass market paperbacks downstairs the shelves are still full. Moreover, the shelves downstairs are now full, as are the ones in the bedroom.

Which means, I’m on a book buying ban until I decide to weed some of the collection. And to be honest, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I’m pretty happy with what’s on the shelves and can’t think of anything that needs to move on to a new home.

There are two exceptions to the ban. I asked a local used bookshop to set aside an old Dickens for me last week, so I’ll be bringing that home this weekend. Also when the next Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus comes out this November I’ll be picking that up. Because Batman. Yeah. But other than that… no more books for me. I just don’t have the room.

In the process of doing this I also discovered I have more classics than anything else. The whole bookcase on the left, as well as over two-thirds of the middle one, are all classics. The top portion of the third bookcase is my Dickens collection. After the horse skull are more general fiction – a mix of  contemporary, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, and young adult. I’m a little surprised.

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Hardback or paperback? I prefer hardback, honestly.
Borrow or buy? Buy, always, if it’s an option.
Buy in a bookstore or online? I love bookstores, it’s so much fun just walking around and seeing what they have. You can’t beat that feeling.
Amazon or Book Depository? I’ve only used Amazon, so far
Fantasy or sci-fi? Fantasy, forever and always
Love-triangle or love at first sight? Eugh, both are way too over-used. But, if you held a gun to my head, I’d have to choose love at first sight.
Wall shelves or bookcases? Bookcases! I have some in my room, and they’re totally full.
Mass market paperbacks or large print books? Hm…. Large print, I guess.
Bad plot with good characters or good plot with bad characters? Oh geez, that’s a tough choice. I’m gonna say bad plot but good characters, because at least I’ll want to see what happens to them.
Booklr or Bookstagram? Booklr.
Booklr or Booktube? Booktube is a thing?
Contemporary or fantasy? Fantasy. It’s more fun, usually.
Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction, always.
Buy a book based on the cover or based on the description? The description, I always read that before I open a new book. Although the cover is a good way to get me interested.
Alphabetical shelves or color coordinated? Color coordinated, I guess. I have my own sort of filing system that only really makes sense in my head.
Different sized books or matching sizes? Matching whenever possible
Matching covers/spines or non-matching covers/spines? Eh, I don’t care
Marathon a series or read as released? Marathon!
Movie or TV adaptation? Movies, more often than not
Perfect adaptation of a bad book or a bad adaptation of a perfect book? Hm… Perfect adaptation of a bad book, I guess. It’ll probably give me something to laugh about.
Zombies or vampires? Vampires. Zombie apocalypses are dumb.
Vampires or werewolves? Vampires, even though I’m a furry
Vampire or fae? Hm… Fae, probably
Reading inside or outside? Inside. No bugs, temperature control, etc.
Coffee or tea? I’ve never had either.
Eating while reading or not eating? I don’t eat and read books at the same time, usually
Bookmarks or random objects? More often than not, random objects
Dog-ear or bookmark? Bookmark only
Be your favourite character or be their best friend? Best friend, probably
Be your favourite character or date your favourite character? I can’t choose
Physical or e-book? Physical, but I don’t mind e-books
Audio or e-book? E-book, I prefer imagining characters’ voices
Read in bed or read in chair? Bed!
Series or stand-alones? I prefer reading series, but the occasional stand-alone is fine too.
Duology or trilogy? Trilogy, if it’s good enough!
Reading in winter or reading in summer? Winter, curled up in a blanket, with my cat nearby so I can scratch her head.
Read with music or without music? Without, so I can focus better
Finish books you hate or stop reading midway? Finish them, in case it gets better or just becomes funny.
Yearly book challenge or no book challenge? No challenges, only reading
Claaics or modern books? I think I like modern better

Today’s top book news item:

James Patterson, king of the mass-market paperback, is offering to donate a book to every sixth grader in public school in New York City.

He plans to give out nearly 45,000 copies of his book Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life — in which Rafe Khatchadorian goes on a quest to break every rule in his school’s draconian Code of Conduct — to each student who asks for one across some 300 schools. In a press release, Patterson says, “I love New York City, and I’m so delighted to be sharing this gift of books and reading with the city’s sixth graders.” The books are meant to combat “summer slide” — when students lose much of what they learned during the year over the summer break. Patterson made a similar move in Chicago earlier this month, donating some 28,000 books to sixth graders in public schools there.