I'm going to let you all in on a dirty little secret: Librarians love reprints. Honestly, we're a slave for them. I know many readers get annoyed with reprints, especially when there is trickery involved like changing titles or "updating" the book by including rewritten/added chapters. Yeah, I do understand that frustration. But librarians? We love them. Why? Because even though we'd like them to, books don't last forever. Bindings go, pages become brittle/yellow, dust bunnies happen, and years of grubby hands handling them means we occasional have to ::gasp:: throw books away. Even when they're by insanely popular authors. We do our best, but hey - we're librarians, not miracle workers.
My latest case of Reprint Euphoria is thanks to the lovely folks at Sourcebooks. They're reprinting a mess of Georgette Heyer! Titles I haven't seen in existence in years. And let me tell you, I'm positively giddy. In many cases the Heyer collection in my library system is from the 1960s, and many of those books have circulated hundreds (if not thousands, our computer software doesn't go that far back) of times. I shudder to think what they look like sitting on the shelf, and I'm sure they haven't been discarded by our branch staff because, hello?! It's Georgette Heyer!
I was already buying several copies of these trade paperback reprint editions for work when I got an e-mail from Sourcebooks. What does this mean for you? That's right, another contest! The lovely folks at Sourcebooks have agreed to send five winners, one randomly selected title, from their current batch of Heyer reprints. Think of this as a chance to get reacquainted with a classic author, the mother of the Regency romance genre, and the fun surprise of winning a random book. What could you win? Will it be Black Sheep? Lady of Quality? Friday's Child? The suspense! The anticipation! The fun to be had!
So how do you win? Comment on this post and either 1) Tell me your favorite Heyer title and why you think I should read it or 2) Tell me why you want to win one of these free books. 1) I've never read Heyer (I know, I know!) and figure a librarian should try at least one and 2) Any reason at all! Funny, serious, because you have a sense of entitlement - anything goes!
Winners will be drawn at random on Sunday, April 20. Books will be getting shipped directly from Sourcebooks and they have graciously agreed to ship internationally! So c'mon all you wacky foreigners, join in on the fun.
And just because I'm a librarian and I have to - here's the scoop on Soucebooks reprints for your browsing pleasure:
Current Heyer reprints available:
An Infamous Army
The Spanish Bride
Lady of Quality
Simon the Coldheart