Link to December 7 New York Times article, "Booksellers Feed Imports to Mystery’s Hungry Fans".
Excerpt: At a time of price wars and pressure from electronic books, a group of independent bookstores has found at least one way to lure customers into paying premium prices for a hardcover title: import an eagerly awaited book from Britain several months before its release in the United States and then jack up the price.
Coming on the heels of the breakout success of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” the first two volumes in the posthumously published thriller trilogy by the Swedish author Stieg Larsson, booksellers are now importing British editions of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” the third volume in the bestselling series six months before its publication here.
Charging as much as $45 for the book, which sells on Amazon in Britain for £8.99 (about $14.75), some booksellers have sold more than a hundred copies each.
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I wonder how many people attempted to place a hold on The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest after reading the Times article.
Retiring Guy decided he needs to learn what all the fuss is about. But I'll have to wait. I'm #92 on the list for 14 copies of the Dragon Tattoo audiobook. Maybe by spring break?