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Faithful Catholic - Father of 4, Husband of 1

Delphi, Java and PHP programmer from Southern Wisconsin.

Fairly proud Herzing, UW Madison and UW Rock County Alum


Aug
16
comment How much influence do authors have on their titles?
Isn't it Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in the U.K.?
Aug
10
comment Why do hardcover books retail for more than three times the cost of softcover books?
Also, hardcovers don't on average retail for much more than trades after a few years. Bookstores often need to get these off their shelves and will offer huge discounts. You only pay 3x for hardcover books when they're new - or online where shelving isn't as big a deal. Unless the book is extremely popular (i.e. Harry Potter) you rarely see trades and hardbacks of the same book next to each other on any given bookstore shelf, even though they are published within a year of each other.
Aug
10
comment Why do hardcover books retail for more than three times the cost of softcover books?
I've gotta disagree with this, not because of the math or anything. The reason hardcover books cost more is because they are the first to be published, the reason they are the first to be published is because they can drive a higher price point. Trades and Mass Market come later to appeal to people who choose not to buy the more expensive book. This was all described to me by my boss at Waldenbooks 10 years ago and I don't imagine this part of the industry has changed all that much, even though many of the major players are bankrupt.
Aug
10
comment Why do hardcover books retail for more than three times the cost of softcover books?
This is the reason, anyone who has ever worked at a bookstore knows it. First you get the hardcover, then you get the trade paper, then you get the mass market paperback.
Feb
4
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Feb
4
comment Are there jobs that involve creative writing in the software industry?
I wish there were better writers in games, nowadays. Nothing will ever beat Freddy Pharkas Frontier Pharmacist in my mind.
Feb
4
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