Hey guys! I'm a bit behind on the Discworld books but have read my fair share so far. I've been a modest fan since playing the games back when Discworld 2 and noir were popular as a young teen, but have been more into the books lately than ever. Having read The Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic a few years ago, I'm now completely addicted to the Discworld series and have started from the beginning again, going through about 2 or 3 of the novels a month on average (in chronological ofcourse) and collecting them along the way.
Anyways that's me introduced, onto my question...
I was curious wether anyone here has pre-ordered any of the books before from amazon and I would like to ask, If I was to put in a pre-order am I likely to get a first edition/first print? or would I be better off waiting until after release and then trying to scan one down? (or visiting my nearest Waterstones and picking one up on the day).
I would just like to add that I was completely gutted when I heard the news of Mr. Pratchett's illness a couple of years ago as i'm sure many fans were. A huge wave of gratitude and respect goes out to him for continuing his work with the books! As Mr Pratchett himself says; "writing is the most fun anyone can have by themselves"... I would like to add that reading (for me) rivals that notion and reading has never been the same since I discovered his work. OMHO the OBE couldn't have come soon enough and he is truely one of the most talented writers of our time.
Thanks for the info Susan! Pre-ordering later tonight :).
And to add to your comment, I know what you mean. I almost feel I've gotten to know him a little through what I know of his work and it was terrible news. Heres to Terry Pratchett and his wonderful work!
yeah if you pre-order you do tend to get 1st editions though with writers as popular as pratchett so many editions get printed because demand is so high the 1st editions rarely become valuable. 1st editions of colour of magic, etc, back when terry was barely known are valuable now but id say stuff he does nowadays get so widely distributed that theyre unlikely to rise in value. besides the fan treasuring the copy of course!
Yes, I agree that would probably the case. I'd say the unseen university editions and the limited editions (Unseen academicals limited 5000 edition for example) are probably going to be the more valuable ones in the future if any. Its mostly about the having the versions of the text that were originally published for me so I just want to try and get hold of the first printings where possible. If they were to ever develop value in the future that would be an added bonus but I doubt I could see myself parting with them even if that were the case.
Looking forwards to reading the next one when I get it :D
Delightedto see a new Tiffany Aching story from Sir Terry. Those of you who want to order pre-publication, should do so through Sandra Kidby's "PJSM Prints" website - because AFAIK it's the only place on the Web where you can order signed copies at no extra cost. Be warned, - PJSM & Sir Terry do NOT like purchasers posing as fans, buying signed copes, and then offering them at inflated prices at e-Bay Auctions, -so PJSM usually limit signed copies to one per household, at Sir Terry's request, and tracks the origins of signed copies offered for sale on e-Bay. Julian Wilson, loooooong-time Discworld Fan.