This past year, several authors like Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian have made the jump to hardcover on their flagship series. Several others, like Patricia Briggs and J.R. Ward, made the switch a few books ago, and are now having their previous paperback books re-published in hardcover format. Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series finished up the re-publishing early this year, and now her first Alpha and Omega book, Cry Wolf, will be available next February 5th (God, I do hope it has the short story Alpha and Omega, too). Ward’s second BDB book, Lover Eternal, is out this November 6th, and it will be followed by Lover Awakened next February. Even Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s huge Dark-Hunter series is in the process of being re-published, with Dance with the Devil being due out on September 4th.
So, my first question is this – do you rebuy the hardcover re-releases for your favorite series?
Sadly, I do. Even for ones I haven’t read yet, like Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters, I rebuy. I love having hardcover books, and the whole half paperback/half hardcover organizing thing makes me nuts. It just makes it feel like my collection is somehow more complete, if that makes any sense.
Question two – who do you think will be making the jump to hardcover next?
This one is a bit trickier for me. Although popular, I was really surprised when Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed was made hardcover. It seemed that all of the relevant characters had gotten their stories told (before I found out it was just the end of the first arc), and it just never had the…maybe wow factor…that some of the other series had. The biggest name I can think of right now would be Gena Showalter‘s Lords of the Underworld or Alien Huntress series. God knows, she puts out enough books in the run of a year. I would love, love, love to see Ilona Andrews get the hardcover support for her Kate Daniels series, and for me she would be the logical next choice. It is a great story, every bit as good as Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson. Strong characters, unique world, and very loyal readers. So, if I had to guess, I would say Showalter will, Andrews should.