Coverless Books (was: Issola Spoilers vs. Orca Spoilers)

Wed Mar 12 09:47:46 PST 2003

On Wed, 12 Mar 2003, Davis, Iain E. wrote:

> What does the "coverless" book look like? Did they _never_ have a cover?
> Or is the cover ripped off?

When hardbacks aren't sold, they're returned to the publisher, or
remaindered.  When mass-market paperbacks, like _Taltos_ aren't sold, they 
aren't remaindered.  The covers are stripped and returned to the 
publishing company, but the books themselves are destroyed.  Or should be.  
Less scrupulous merchent will sell stripped paperbacks.  All of which 
means that if you're buying a paperback with no front cover, it means 
you're likely buying a book that was never sold; hence the author never 
received recompense for the sale of that particular book.