Echoing what many publishers said, Dick Heffernan, president of hardcover sales at Penguin, said his company has adopted a policy of combining an author's print sales history with the e-book sales history instead of offering first printing numbers, saying, "Both the print and electronic formats are factored in together."As eBooks continue to gain in sales, these numbers will have less meaning for those of us who actually collect the printed books. And while the number of first printings can affect the value of the book, as many collectors have realized, it is only a small factor in a book's overall valuation.
While publishers may be coming up with different ways to tweak the math they use to reach their first printings, many are becoming more uncomfortable sharing the information. First printings are disappearing from galley covers and catalogues, and publishers are becoming increasingly resistant to share the figures with reporters.
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