The Reader's Soap Box: Your answers to our questions
about the books we all love...
IS BIGGER BETTER?
Books are often reprinted with new covers and sometimes under a different pseudonym, the author's better known name in today's market. But sometimes an original story will be taken and changed, with a great deal of editing being done and entirely new chapters being added, before being offered anew to the buying public. This has especially been popular with novels that were formerly short Regencies but which have been added to in order to make them larger, single-title Historical Regencies.
QUESTION: What do you, as a reader and a paying consumer, think of these kinds of reprints? Are these new and improved novels welcome to you, or do you feel that they're simply a stretched out repackaging of a story you've already paid for once? Please remember that we're not talking about books that have simply been re-released with a new cover, title and pseudonym, (that's a whole other Soap Box!), but only those books that have been significantly changed before re-release.
--If it is a book that I truly enjoyed, I don't mind if an author wants to re-issue it with some changes. I would definitely pick it back up and read it again. After all, if I enjoyed it the first time then I will enjoy it more the second time with new changes that I won't be aware of. Just my humble opinion. - Billie Jo Case, Dublin OH
--I would actually love for some of those four hundred + page books to be in between two and three hundred pages long. I'm a romance reader, after all, which means once I pick that book up, by God, it's not getting set down until it's finished. And with a busy career and family, who has time to shift through all that extra stuff? I'd be just as happy without those extra chapters. Thanks for asking. - DebPnk22@aol.com
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