Friday, October 1, 2010

Pirate Latitudes Now in Paperback

On the home page of Michael Crichton’s official website is this announcement:

Michael Crichton’s Pirate Latitudes
Paperback Now Available and Online

Very exciting news. The paperback edition was released in US bookstores September 28.

But what’s very interesting is that the paperback edition of Pirate Latitudes was, according to Amazon, available on April 1 for the UK, France, and Germany. It was also available in Canada as of April 30. I do know the paperbacks did in fact come out then, because I started seeing secondhand ones for sale on Ebay early in May.

As I mentioned in my post on October 20, 2009, the hardcover edition of Pirate Latitudes was released in Europe on November 16 – eight days before the US release on November 24.

The paperback release is not as big of a deal (as I’m assuming the die-hard fans have already read the book by now), but the question remains:

When it comes to Pirate Latitudes, why are US book buyers being treated like bastard stepchildren?

Let’s just hope Europe doesn’t get to see the Pirate Latitudes film first.

Links and more info on Michael Crichton at:
Kahlessa's Corner


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Unknown said...

If nothing more, paperbacks are a good opportunity for redesigning the covers. :-) Like this March 2011 edition of Airframe:

IMHO well done, but the original design by Chip Kidd is also good.

I wonder what they'll do with Sphere in HarperCollins. In their catalog, they promise: "with a dazzling redesigned cover, this premium edition will bring the classic thriller to new and old Crichton fans alike".

Release date is also set in March.

Let's just hope it won't look like this one:


Marla Warren said...

Great links, Pavel! I’ll just repeat them in clickable form:”

Narayan said...

i think asians got the first paperback edn of the novel. there was no HB release in india. the special "for sale in india only" edition was marketed at rs. 220

Rodrigo Braun said...

Dear Marla,
I can't seem to find this information anywhere, so I hope you can help me: are there any differences between the US and the UK versions of Pirate Latitutdes? I find it especially annoying, since they are not named 'US Edition' and 'UK Edition', but 'Version' instead.

Thank you in advance,

Marla Warren said...

Dear Rodrigo,

I don't know if there are any differences between the US and UK versions of Pirate Latitudes, but I will try to find out. If I find the answer, I'll post it here.