1. The Iliad - Homer
1. The Iliad - Homer
But why argue theories and generalizations? Let's take a stroll through our neighborhood bookstore and see what our industry's book pricing practice looks and feels like to "the boots on the ground".
This is a quirky novel by a writer who appeals notably to a hip young audience. Assuming these hip young potential book buyers are accustomed to downloading songs for a dollar each, they'd have to expect this book to be worth twenty-seven good songs in order to take a risk on it. Way to grab those impulse buyers, HarperCollins!
This is a smart literary novel that explores issues of class and African-American identity in a campus setting. The book got moderately good reviews in many newspapers, but the author is not a household name and the book will be a marginal buy for most potential readers. At $26.95, this ought to fly off the shelves!
Levi: Your grandmother once worked in the Triangle factory. Can you tell us more about her, and about the way you heard about the Triangle tragedy when you were growing up?
A friend of mine literally screamed -- a spontaneous burst of horror -- when she spotted the new edition of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a once-popular book from the 1970's, on a bookstore shelf. Richard Bach's slightly corny fable about a bird who wants to fly faster and better was the "Da Vinci Code" of its age, and people usually either like it or violently hate it. I read it when I was a kid and thought it was pretty good. Whether it deserves a comeback or not, I'm really not sure.
Havazelet is a writer who takes huge risks, who challenges us -- and himself -- to love those who are the most unlovable, the most deeply and humanly flawed.
Her impassioned review of a morally challenging novel is one of the better things in today's New York Times Book Review. Lynn Harris's entertaining consideration of Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave is also a pleasure to read:
A new novel about a Jewish family in Iran called Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer has been getting some good reviews. I hope there's room for another novel about Jewish families in Iran this fall, though, because Gina Nahai's Caspian Rain should not get lost in the shuffle.
LitKicks has asked a variety of book industry professionals (including publishers, authors, agents, editors, distributors, sales representatives, booksellers, librarians, critics and bloggers) a question: "Does literary fiction suffer from dysfunctional pricing?" Below is the record of a conversation that took place in September and October 2007.
Introduction and Project Goals
• Levi Asher
This article is part of the Does Literary Fiction Suffer From Dysfunctional Pricing? series. The next post in the series is Does Literary Fiction Suffer From Dysfunctional Pricing (Introduction).
This article is part of the Does Literary Fiction Suffer From Dysfunctional Pricing? series. The next post in the series is Richard Nash, Mark Sarvas, Scott Hoffman on Book Pricing for Literary Fiction. The previous post in the series is DOES LITERARY FICTION SUFFER FROM DYSFUNCTIONAL PRICING? A Conversation.