Why are good books "out of print?" (ex: "The Short-Timers" aka Full Metal Jacket)
I find sometimes that books that were once popular in their own right (prior to becoming a movie) have become discontinued, or "out of print." The only way to obtain these books is by spending a lot of money - thanks to the internet, this is at least possible. Prior to the internet, I suppose it was very hard.
But if you got the cash now...
Books like Fast Times At Ridgemont High by writer/director Cameron Crowe go for over $100.00. Namely because they're unavailable, but being sold by people who are willing to sell it at a cost. Frankly, what the hell is a hundred dollars? If you got the book, why get rid of it? What will a hundred dollars do for you? Fill up your gas tank twice. I say, keep the book, consider yourself lucky to have it.
Anyway, if the book was good, and it is obviously sellable, why don't publishers continue pressing the book?
The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford, the novel that later became Full Metal Jacket by director Stanley Kubrick is a solid read. It was positively received and reviewed when the book was first published, and continues to be enjoyed by first-time readers. Yet the book is "out of print," and only obtainable at high prices from people willing to lose possession of it.
WTF. What gives with this??
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Last edited by Buttmunker; 05-10-07 at 10:49 PM.