Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Coming Soon
Blessing or Curse Anthology
Each time I visit the aunt's house, I can't help craving her sofa. It's a two-seat full length recliner, and seems exactly right for me. My own has three cushions. I always seem to need more room than the cushion I'm sitting on and wish it were wider. So, to tackle the situation, I wrote down her sofa's item number and searched online.

As luck would have it, Berkline, her sofa's manufacturer, is now out of business. If I look hard enough, I might find the model I want on clearance somewhere, but then I'd have problems with parts and other issues. Not a wise idea. So, my search begins anew.

This happens with other items as well. The ladies reading this can relate to such dire happenings as discontinued lipsticks or bras, and the travails over finding replacements.

What does this have to do with books?

Many of you have already guessed. No longer do books require a specific shelf life. Now, they can last as long as an author or publisher wishes. Many books discontinued by the original publishers are now being resurrected either by the same publishers or self-publishing authors with their rights back.

No longer is it necessary for the adjective, discontinued, to be applied to books. As far as couches, lipstick, or bras, that's another story.

Do you have a discontinued book that is alive again, or know of someone else's? Or, maybe you'd just like to mention one of your books that's self-published.

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Debra St. John said...

I don't have any discontinued books that have found new life, nor do I self-publish, but the benefit of writing for a small press is all of my books are still available (in many formats) for purchase. Even my debut from 2008.

Morgan Mandel said...

And that is also a good thing, Debra!

Morgan Mandel

Deb Larson said...

What a great analogoy! I like knowing my books will be around for awhile longer!
DL Larson