I am actually embarrassed to say I do not know that much about Indigo. From what I am putting together from a few quick things I am looking at. The tag line they are using (or one of them) is “Canada’s Biggest Book stores”. Like I said, like Amazon *chuckles*. They also appear to sell a lot of other things in all kinds of categories but I do not want to spend the entire day browsing stuff I may end up wanting and can’t afford!
Point is not living in Canada it would make sense I am not familiar with them. There is very little that happens in this world though that relates to Shroud of the Avatar that at some point is not captured in my Cyber Web. The latest tidbit I got to gobble up that was caught was I got to learn all about Indigo (meaning what I could in 5 minutes) when I saw that the Swords of Midras is available for pre-order with them.
They are charging a 1.00 more for the E-book and 4.00 more for the hard back. So regardless of where you live I would suggest getting the E-book from Amazon!
Now here is the question I have! Maybe one of you know? I would not be surprised if it’s been posted in the forums. While I do not have time to get over there much these days I do get news from the forums through my grapevine (and I am always looking to expand that section of my web. If you see articles in the forums you think I may want to know about, please don’t hesitate to send me a link!). Unfortunately my grapevine isn’t big and I haven’t heard anything on this topic.
Stile.. Get the Fork to it! Right? Right…
Will the Physical Hard copy from either of these companies differ from the physical copy that the pledge rewards and store copy Portalarium sold? Collectors want to know!!!
I am 99.9% sure that the copies from Indigo and Amazon will be the same. They list the publisher as Tom Doherty Associates at Indigo. However a quick Wikipedia search will show that to be TOR books. Tor books is what Amazon shows.
I believe we already know both the Pledge book and store sold copy are the same other than potential signatures. However – I am wondering if Portalarium’s book will be different than that of these? First those who paid 40.00 for a physical copy from the store may raise some fuss about being overcharged if there is not some difference. On the other hand as someone who works in the buying and selling world know, it costs more money every time you cut a purchase order.
It will be financially more sensible of them to have worked a pre-order into their sales contracts with TOR books to give them a predetermined quantity of the physical books at a set price. TOR would most likely want that to be the same print as what they are selling elsewhere so as in order to consolidate all their purchasing and printing.
On the other hand Portalarium could in such a situation be willing to pay the differences to make their order a bit different and just make some changes. Different Dust cover for instance. That would allow the hard book to be done as one print by TOR and the Dust Jacket would be two separate jobs, making it only marginally higher in cost. Maybe a different binding, cover pages, ending pages, illustrations, or any combination of those examples.
I should mention, contract negotiations is something I have been doing most of my life. Point is while it’s likely with the experience involved with both companies that they both had a good idea of what the other wanted from the outset and it comes down to compromising and negotiating various agreements, whatever those are being each side wants most. I work for someone that really LOVES rebate programs whereas to me I personally don’t want rebates, I want the best price you can give me when I order so that I can operate as efficiently as possible selling your product to create more business for both of us.
I have no idea what Port would have negotiated on this because I do not know what their preferences would be and have never asked. They may already have had something going to print their copies elsewhere and so not even have taken anything about that to the negotiation table.
So what it boils down to is a lot of potential for there to be or not to be, some sort of differences in these physical copies.
Dammit, I’d like to know as if there is, I’ll order the Amazon copy! *chuckles*
Have the answer? Let me know and I’ll pass it along a follow-up piece!