I was one of the lucky few who found this title under the Christmas Tree this year. It's a very lovely packaged book, in a slip-case with a spine mimicking a library book (complete with dewey decimal / cataloguing sticker). The problem is, there is a seal wrapped across the slip-case opening and in order to read or view the book, you have to break the seal. UGH!
As a book collector, I just can't bring myself to do it. For hours yesterday I teetered back and forth between vowing to NEVER break the seal and coming within inches of breaking down and just saying f*ck it!
I didn't do it, or at least I haven't yet. The seal is still in tact.
Instead, I decided to buy a second copy. A "reading" copy. A practical, logical, easy solution to my problem.
So, with the wonderful BN gift card given to me for my birthday, I navigated to BN.com, entered "S." into the search box, clicked on the product link where lo and behold it's listed for $22.40 (36% off the cover price). I got ready to add it to my cart when I noticed:
"This item will be available for shipping on March 11, 2014."
March 11th?!? But that's 3 months away! "Okay," I think to myself calmly, "I guess I'll have to get it from Amazon." - again, practical, logical, easy... except...
To my horror, they also list the item as Temporarily out of stock.
It's already listing for $60 to $500 in the collectibles market.* (although the higher end is limited to those copies that are still shrink-wrapped). *in this instance prices as found at bn.com, amazon.com, and abebooks.com.
In the U.S. it's published by Little, Brown & Company / Mulholland Books:
In the U.K. it was published by Canongate, and it looks like there are still copies available through Amazon.co.uk:
- ISBN-13: 9780316201643
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Publication date: 10/29/2013
- Hardcover: 472
- Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- ISBN-10: 0857864777
- ISBN-13: 978-0857864772
- Publication date: 29 Oct 2013
- Hardcover: 472 pages
- Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 16.4 x 4.2 cm
Later today I will travel to the bookstore to see if there are any more copies on their shelves. (finger's crossed).
: My B&N was sold out.
Labels: JJ Abrams, S