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Royalty free?

Does anyone know how the purchase of used books relates to royalties received by an author?

For example, if I were to buy a used copy of the shithead's book on Amazon, would he get paid?

What if I bought it at the Strand?


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Feb. 9th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Used books - no royalties.

New at a book store - depends on the contract the writer has with the publisher and distributor. Chances are, if it is in a bookstore, the writer has already been paid for it.
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
I just asked a friend of mine who has published a few books and the author gets nothing on used books.
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm 95% certain that authors get no royalties off of used book sales.
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Feb. 9th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
I think I'll take a second from there. Are you going to the store, or ordering online?

I'll sign yours if you want. ;-)
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Feb. 9th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
I would have loved to, but I head to head north to visit my dad in the hospital (again.) I ordered mine for pick up at Union Square.
Feb. 10th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
The Fulton street Annex is mainly publisher overstock, which is different than used.
Feb. 9th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
OMG (okay, totally off topic here, seriously, but)
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Feb. 10th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
Not so...i used to work at the Strand
The Strand also buys publisher's overstock, so if you buy a book from the Strand from the website, it may not be used, especially if it was printed in the last few years. Go to the store, take a look at the book itself if you want to make sure that it was pre-owned.
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Looking at your prior post, I assume you're thinking about getting a copy of Working Stiff, to see what else he mangles in it?
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yah. Just ordered it from the Stand used.
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Feb. 9th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
I love Nayland stories!
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
There are no royalties paid on used book sales, which is why every few year the American Booksellers Association has a small snit in public about the evils of online used book stores and public lending libraries. (Yes, really.)
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
If i might suggest, Get a used copy and then after you've finished reading it you can mail it to another friend to review it. As a matter of fact, feel free to let everyone know you're willing to share your copy of the book. Try and keep as many people as possible from buying the book by offering to loan it to them in sort of a chain letter fashion, when one person is done with it they have to mail it to another and so on.
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
Authors don't see a dime on used books. The royalty is paid when a bookstore places an order from the publisher. Bookstore buys XBooks and author gets Y% of XBooks. After that, no matter what happens to them (remaindered, unsold, sold, destroyed, etc.) there's no royalty flow.

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Feb. 9th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Hey Boymeat;

Ditto. The author gets paid only when the book is originally bought from the publisher. Hell, If I got paid on used copies of "To Love, To Obey, To Serve" I could have probably paid my mortgage.
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Feb. 9th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
I could be wrong.. but I believe that they only get royalties from the initial sale. nothing from resale. if you are featured in this book, even with the way he changed your name/etc.. is there some legal recourse?
Feb. 9th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Please go and buy the book used. Even though the author earns no royalties on the used sale, the secondary market for books supports the price and volume of new book sales, because the new buyers know that they can sell their used copies for a decent amount. This is true of books, cars, and anything else that doesn't get "used up" in the process of buying and consuming it. Buying a used book does support the author, because it gives the new book buyer money to buy another book from that author. Feel better?
Feb. 10th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
From what I understand from a few authors... with online book sellers like Amazon, authors are screwed over even with new book sales because they negotiate really low prices with the publishers. Chapters.ca also has reader reviews too btw... for your Canadian friends...
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