The First Story Book Collection ¦ The Second Story Book Collection ¦ The Third Story Book Collection ¦ The Fourth Story Book Collection
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The March cover of BfK features Dilly the Dinosaur who is 10 years old this year. Her author, Tony Bradman, is the subject of our Authorgraph this month. We are grateful to Reed Books for their help in reproducing this illustration from Susan Hellard's original artwork.
The First Story Book Collection
The Second Story Book Collection
The Third Story Book Collection
The Fourth Story Book Collection
Four-books-in-one in each of these re-packaged collections of earlier Story Books. Included are stories by, amongst others, Dick King-Smith, Nick Warburton, Penelope Lively, Helen Muir and Leon Garfield. I'm not really sure what I think about the merits of this particular exercise. Publishing a collection means readers might try authors and genres they've ignored before and you are effectively getting the stories for half price as the individual books cost £3.50 pbk each. Set against this is the fact that £7 still seems to me a lot to pay for a paperback.
Incidentally, isn't it about time that publishers, along with many other manufacturers, started pricing in round pounds? Do they seriously believe anyone thinks £6.99 pbk is significantly cheaper than £7?