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  • Unlike most other media, books are objects whose physical qualities are important to their appreciation. When something first hits the shelves, its earliest editions will be in the larger and more durable trade hardback format, which tends to inexplicably cost about two or three times as much as a pocket paperback. In the more rarified realms of the literary market, there also exists the leatherbound book, which can sell for well above U.S. $100 for a typical novel.
    • There are a few reasons why the trade hardbacks cost so much more: they obviously cost more to make, they take up more space than the paperbacks and therefore they can't store as many, shipping costs are higher due to greater mass and volume per copy, and they know the day-one-purchase customers won't mind spending more.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Numerous rereleases of The Bad Beginning, including one priced higher than the thirteen-book box set. Also, the box sets, which have exclusive artwork. The new paperbacks are aversions because they're much better for about half the price.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien's work is a really big offender here: at least five editions of The Lord of the Rings, three of The Hobbit, and two of The Silmarillion all have some sort of "bonus content", including (but most likely not limited to) introductions by noted authors, footnotes detailing the writing of the book in question, character indexes with extra backstory, and being really shiny.
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    • One reason for so many editions is that unauthorized editions were printed up by unscrupulous publishers. J. R. R. Tolkien spent some time fixing copyright problems to stop this. Famous words on back of the Ballantine or "Hippie Edition":
      "This paperback edition, and no other, has been published with my consent and co-operation. Those who approve of courtesy (at least) to living authors will purchase it, and no other." J. R. R. Tolkien
    • And then of course you have the various "anniversary" collector's editions, each with their own artwork. The 35th anniversary edition was famous for being illustrated by then-unknown Alan Lee.
    • Tolkien also re-released The Hobbit with revised and extended description of Gollum's cave, since Bilbo "lied" about how he came to possess the ring; the original version actually contradicts the premise of LOTR, since Gollum simply gives the Ring to Bilbo and leads him out of the cave.
  • A new and improved version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone released advertised sparkly new content from Jo Rowling - which turned out to be a single sketch of Snape. Ouch.
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    • The Deathly Hallows special edition seems to have had little more than some new art added. It's still pretty nice, though.
  • His Dark Materials was re-released for the film in a complete collection with new material detailing what Will and Lyra did, will do, or might do, depending on how canon you take it.
  • The Easton Press produces fine leather-bound collector editions of books. These are specially made for bookcollectors and come in landmark series like The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written, Library of the Presidents and Great Books of the 20th Century
  • The Last Hope, the Grand Finale of Warrior Cats, has an "Enhanced Edition" e-book available for purchase alongside the Vanilla Edition. The Enhanced Edition contains videos of the authors talking about the series, an excerpt of the fifth Super Edition, Yellowfang's Secret, notes that reveal things such as ideas that never made it into the book and an exclusive game.
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  • Subterranean Press's limited edition of Joe Hill's NOS4A2 comes with an exclusive alternate ending as well as an entire novella that was cut from the original manuscript.
  • Centipede Press's limited edition of Stephen King's Salem’s Lot came with some then-exclusive deleted scenes that King removed from the text. A trade edition with them was later released.
    • The Stand has the original (already fairly huge) version, then a later release adding ~400 pages left out of the original, along with a few minor revisions.
  • The omnibus edition of the two Red Dwarf novels written by both Grant and Naylor includes some changes to the first book (retooling Take Thats at real celebrities into No Celebrities Were Harmed), adding a new ending to the second book, adding the original script for the tv show's pilot and a copy of the original beermat that contains the first brainstorming session for the show.
  • The Subterranean Press editions of the Malazan Book of the Fallen come in numbered copies, with very nice paper and several specifically commissioned illustrations per book.
  • British publisher The Folio Society specialises in high-end hardback reprints, usually with specially commissioned illustrations. Prices are usually between £30 and £40 (about $40 to $55) but can go much higher.

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