With publishers still feeling the pinch of the economy, brand names (read: guaranteed sales) are more important than ever. Everyone is mining their backlist to repackage sure hits.
Coming up, we have:
Originally published by Dorchester in 1996.
Originally published by St. Martin’s in 1996. Parts have been rewritten and updated.
A trade-size edition from Harlequin containing Outrageous and Riley.
There are a bunch of others as well–Grand Central is redoing some Jayne Ann Krentz futuristics in early 2010, Harlequin is packaging some Nora Roberts’ books into double trade-size editions, and Bantam is re-releasing the movie tie-in of The Bourne Identity. And these are just ones I noted from recent kits. We don’t receive sales info from Kensington or Penguin (Berkley/Jove/NAL), but I”m sure they’re doing it as well.
It’s a big advantage to be able to get out a lot of copies for not much money. The advance is already paid, and depending on how old the book is, the publisher may not have to pay to re-typset it. So usually it’s just new art and the printing costs.
For readers, the best way to tell whether a book is new or a reissue is to check the copyright page.