BOOK BUYER'S "LEMON LAW"
"Buyer beware!" "As is." "Lemon law in effect." These are all terms that are
we think of in terms of buying used automobiles. So how does this apply to to books?
On the table in Sam's Club, a triple treat by one of America's top romance writers--a
Christmas trilogy in one volume--begs to be dropped into a shopper's cart.
Problem? When the reader gets home and starts to read it, the stories seem very
familiar. After a couple of chapters, the reader is certain she has read the story before. Repeat performance on each of the
other two tales that are included.
Another reader spots a book on an endcap at a national chain bookstore. She
quickly grabs it, thinking to herself, I loved the volume they put out last year. I know I'll like the "Ranch Christmas Romance"
book again this year. Until...yes, it is the same identical stories; only the cover has been changed.
So, with books one of the favorite gifts for giving, how can you be sure this
isn't a book your recipient hasn't read before? Or for that matter, how do you know you haven't read it before if you are
buying it for yourself?
First, let me state that there are several Star* Publish books that are re-releases.
There is nothing wrong with that--if they are not masquerading as something brand new. A new cover? A new title? Again, nothing
wrong with that. They are just as good as the first time they were published. Sometimes they are even a "new and improved"
version of something that started out good.
So, what's a person to do? The best way to find out if it is a book that has
been around for awhile is to check inside for the copyright date. Even if it has a new title, it should give the original
copyright date, or at least state "2nd edition," etc. Also, here's another tip for you: you can often find the real name of
the author, in case she uses a pen name for some of her books. This is a great way to follow your favorite author if he/she
writes under different names. For example, Nora Roberts also wrote as J.D. Robb for years before she disclosed that fact.
As already stated, if you know that someone on your gift list has a favorite
author and you spot a brand new release, head for the bookstore immediately. Which brings to mind an incident that happened
outside a Waldenbooks store.
Two elderly women were heading for the bookstore when one of them espied a new
Danielle Steele release. She excitedly headed for the front rack that held them.
The second woman said, "I have never read a Danielle Steele book."
The first woman smiled as she picked up a copy and headed for the cashier.
"Neither have I," she said to her friend, "but it looks so impressive to have them all on the shelves in my library!"