Spitfire book – No Reprint…

Hi everyone!
Following Brett’s very generous update on my book over on Hyperscale, I’d thought it best to clear up that the book will NOT be reprinted as mentioned in that write-up yesterday. When I decided to create this book, I made a decision to release a ‘Limited Edition’ and so announced that fact and the orders were received on the basis of it being short-run. Now that it is sold out – and despite the fact that I could sell considerably more! – I really don’t think it would be fair, or right, to those that ordered early to go back on my word and add more to the list of books ordered and sold. I understand that this will lose me sales, but I really feel that I have to stick to what I said and move on.
I would like to thanks everyone for their interest – it really means a lot to me!
Have a great day and here’s to the next one!
Spence 🙂

5 thoughts on “Spitfire book – No Reprint…

  1. Bill Strandberg February 25, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    I do not understand the “right and honorable” comment. Why is this the case? Many of us, I am sure, did not subscribe to Spencer’s blog and were unaware of this publication until reading about it on Hyperscale. Therefore, we are now unable to buy a copy.

    Good business practice most of the time is to reprint if demand is there for continued sales, unless the costs are prohibitive. Spencer has his own reasons for requesting pre-sales and then limiting printing, but if there is enough interest for a reprint then it is a question on why not.

    Many times modelers new to, or returning to, the hobby are not able to obtain the some references, tools, aftermarket, decals, and kits due to limited production. Most kits are eventually re-released, sometimes decals, but many specialized references and aftermarket items disappear, only to show up on eBay at ridiculous prices, or disappear forever.

    Hopefully Spencer will re-consider the decision to reprint or perhaps provide the information via a subscription digital version as this is much needed information.

    • spencerp6745 February 25, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      The reason for my decision is that this is a signed, numbered, limited edition. When the book was announced, I said that I was only printing 200 copies and the book is signed off with a panel that includes the number of each book as a part of that 200. Having set out to do that and generated interest on the basis of it being a limited edition, I don’t feel that it is fair to suddenly change my mind and create more. It’s a decision that I’ve made, and one that I intend to stick to. At some point in the future I may offer a reprint, but it will not be as sold today, the content being changed to justify the decision, but more likely, I will draw together parts one and two (after part 2 is created and sold ) and do it that way to produce and print, one larger title. Truly, I get the commercial argument, but this was not created on that basis and I feel it to be only right and fair to stick to what I announced and then move on. All the best – Spence

  2. dekenba July 5, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    If you sell as book as a numbered limited edition, deciding to reprint the book afterwards is failing to deliver what you initially sold, and unfair for those 200 who purchased. So I agree, no reprint in its current form is the right thing to do. Commercially, it’s also correct, as your next limited edition may not sell as well if people see that your last limited edition was nothing of the sought.

    • spencerp6745 July 5, 2018 / 9:49 pm

      I’ve always stuck to the idea of once it’s gone, it’s gone. The Spitfire book had a run of 200 softback and 20 hardbacks and that’s all I printed and then moved on – it would as you rightly point out be utterly unfair to have people buy them on that basis and then print more. Reputations and hard won and very easily lost…

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