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The Comeback of the Backlist

pubIt logoI started reading romances in the mid 1980s, cutting my teeth on books written by Judith McNaught, Catherine Coulter and Jude Deveraux. I’ve haunted used bookstores for backlist titles to fill out my collections because once I glom an author, I just have to have every book out there.

nook colorWith right returning to authors, backlists are being digitized and sold by the authors using services like PubIt!, Barnes and Noble’s self publishing platform.

PubIt! emailed me to give me a heads up that authors like Barbara Freethy, Alexis Harrington, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, among others, are bringing their backlist titles to readers. It’s pretty hard to keep track of the folks that are digitizing their backlists so I thought it would be fun for readers to share with each other their favorite backlist titles that are being digitized.

What classic or backlist romance would you buy first if you had a new eReader?** Post your favorite and enter to win a NOOKcolor.

And while not necessary for entering the giveaway, I’m curious what readers think is the right price for a backlist title. I know some authors are pricing their books equal to their frontlist titles. I am of the opinion that a backlist title competes with the used bookstore and I am reluctant to pay more than $5.00 for a backlist title.   Thoughts?

***Here’s my review of the NOOKcolor.

**NOOKcolor giveaway good only for US/Canada readers. If you are an international reader and I pick your name, I’ll send you a $50 gift card to be used at a bookstore of your choice.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

261 Comments

  1. Mikaela
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 04:19:23

    For anyone intrested in backlists, I recommened Backlist ebooks. A lot of authors, in a lot of genres. They have their own Astore, and list Smashwords coupons.

    As for myself, I discovered Patricia Rice when she published her Magic books on Smashwords. :D

  2. Barbara
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 04:27:57

    I don’t know how far back her backlist goes or even what’s even unavailable as of now, but I’d say Linda Howard (romantic suspense qualifies?) first. I have such fond memories of her early stuff, I’d love to have it in digital format. Has Judith McNaught’s backlist been released yet? That’d be another one I’d love to see.

    I definitely wouldn’t want to pay more than $6 a title for it though. Some of the smaller and older books, less than $5.

  3. Danielle D
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 04:41:42

    I wouldn’t want to pay more than $5.00 for an author’s backlist. I would buy Rosemary Rogers, Laura McBain and Kathleen E Woodiwiss backlist.

  4. E.D. Walker
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 04:59:05

    I’d want to try some of Josh Lanyon’s books. They are very expensive in trade paperback but much cheaper in ebook.

  5. Milena
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 04:59:46

    I’d add another vote for Judith McNaught. Also, I’d love to get my hands on some Rosemary Rogers titles. I had a few a long time ago, but they seem to have vanished, and I want a re-read, not just for research purposes, but also for sheer nostalgia value.

    Not that I’m holding my breath, but — what are you going to do with international readers? That cut-off sentence seems just a little scary. ;)

  6. phemie
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 05:18:24

    I would want to buy the entire backlist of Sharon and Tom Curtis, especially The Windflower. I’m very curious about Pamela Morsi’s historicals. I would love to have the whole Carla Kelly backlist. After reading Cheryl Reavis’ The Older Woman I’d really like reading more of her books. 5.00$ for a backlist book of 400 pages and more, less for shorter books sounds reasonable to me.
    At the moment I’m reading ebooks on my iPhone.
    I so want to have an eReader, but have not decided which model would be best for me.
    I’m in Germany, so no NOOKcolor for me. sniff.
    @Mikaela Thank You for recommending Backlist eBooks.

  7. brooksse
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 05:35:12

    Diamond Bay and Midnight Rainbow by Linda Howard were reissued not too long ago as paper books. I wished they’d been released as ebooks. I was also also looking forward to Howard’s After The Night, until I found out it was agency priced at 7.99, so no discounts, no purchase since I already have it in paperback. But for the Kell Sabin series I might have paid that price.

    I’d also like to see some earlier Judith McNaught’s in ebook form – Something Wonderful, A Kingdom of Dreams.

    Normally I’d say 2.98 to 4.99 for a baclist title, depending in the book.

  8. M
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 06:05:49

    Patricia Veryan. When I was a poor student (twenty-some years ago), I checked her books out of the library and have never had the chance to own them. I would love to re-read the Golden Chronicles.

    Mary Burchell wrote a series of contemporaries for Mills&Boon set in the opera world. Maybe after they’re done re-releasing Betty Neels, they’ll get around to Mary Burchell.

  9. M
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 06:10:50

    Oh, I forgot to say, I would pay the going rate for a paperback single title or category for a re-release – especially if I had read it before and knew I would love it. I find it easier to spend money on a sure thing rather than on an author who is new to me.

  10. Nadia Lee
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 06:13:10

    Early Linda Howard & early Judith McNaught, esp. her historicals.

  11. Mary
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 06:25:16

    I am a fan of Justine Dare/Justine Davis’ old works. From her futuristics (The Skypirate is my complete and total favorite, though my PB copy is well-worn) and her old Silhouette Intimate Moments.

  12. library addict
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 06:27:01

    I would love to have Nora Roberts’ Silhouette titles in e. Also Judith Duncan, Carole Buck, Naomi Horton, Georgia Bockoven, and Joyce McGill.

    And though their more recent books have been digitized, I would love to get the early books by Justine Davis, Kathleen Korbel, and Merline Lovelace. And the first 5 or 6 of Rachel Lee’s Conard County series. And as others have said Linda Howard (particularly Duncan’s Bride and the Kell Sabin books).

  13. Tae
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 06:41:46

    I started reading romance in mid-90’s and mostly kept to contemporary authors at that time, though I did go back and read anything by Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey, Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood. I would say that anything by these authors that isn’t in ebook format I’d probably want to see, especially McNaught since I’ve never been disappointed by anything she’s written. Price wise, yes I’d say that for something I’ve already read and probably own in paperback, I wouldn’t want to spend more than $5

  14. Janet P.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 06:59:43

    I’m desperate for Linda Howard’s Open Season to be ebook-ed.

    I get a huge sense of completion over creating an author “Collection” on my Kindle and putting all her/his books into it. I prefer to pay about $3.99 to $5.99 for Published Authors and around $2.99 to $3.99 for Independents, but if it were somebody I really loved I’d probably pay $7.99 for a book or two.

  15. StacieDM
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 07:03:19

    I’ve wanted the North and South trilogy by John Jakes in ebook form for years. I have ratty old paperbacks but I would prefer digital books. I loved the trilogy back in the day.

  16. Tracey Devlyn
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 07:09:37

    The first book I ever read was The Raven and The Rose by Virginia Henley, and then The Falcon and The Flower. Those two books remain etched in my memory as if I read them only yesterday.

    The backlist pricing issue is a difficult one. I wouldn’t think twice about paying full price if I were to pickup one in the bookstore. However, I’d expect to see them priced a bit more modestly in e-format, so I’ll go with $5-5.50.

  17. Lynne Connolly
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 07:11:22

    Georgette Heyer. Oh please, yes. And Mary Stewart, and Elizabeth Goudge. Old favorites from childhood.
    And yes to Linda Howard, that would be awesome.

  18. Rosie
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 07:15:13

    I’m constantly on the lookout for Pamela Morsi’s backlist in ebook format. Right now the only one of her historicals that is available is Courting Miss Hattie (which I already own in paperback) and the price of it just jumped to a ridiculous $14.99!! (It was previously a ridiculous %9.99.)
    So hopefully if someday they do get digitized, I hope the prices are more reasonable.
    As for some authors who I’ve noticed have recently had backlist titles digitized, there’s Lorraine Heath, Laura Lee Guhrke, Connie Brockway and Judith Ivory.

  19. srs
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 07:41:51

    Roberta Gellis. I got into her books through her medieval mystery series and then found the first 2 Roselynde books in a used book store while visiting my parents. I was hooked, but her stuff is impossible to find. She does have some books available in E, but none of the Roselynde ones are.

    I agree that around $5 feels appropriate for a backlist.

  20. Aislinn
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 07:50:22

    I’ve heard so much about The Windflower and never read it back in the day, so I think I’d go for that. I think about $5 is a fair price for backlist titles.

  21. Scorpio M.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 07:53:56

    Laura Kinsale’s, THE DREAM HUNTER. This is one of my favorite historicals and I found out via the author herself that it will be available in e-book soon. I am thrilled! My pb copy is so worn.

    I’d like to see it priced around the $2.99 – $5.00 range. It’s hard for me to justify a repurchase beyond that, especially since I don’t have a dedicated e-reader.

  22. Lisa J
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 07:57:36

    Donna Fletcher is reissuing her backlist through Smashwords. The prices are awesome $.99 to $2.99. I love The Irish Devil and it was one of the first. She now has four of her books in e format.

    I would also like to see all of Laurie McBain’s books and am happy to own two of them already in e-book. Also, Bride of the MacHugh by Jan Cox Speas. One more author from way back, Joyce Verrette. Her Egyptian books, Dawn of Desire and Dark Fires, are still great today.

    I did buy the Garwood books when they came out, but I feel the $7.99 price is too much. I would like to see the backlist books in the $5 range.

  23. Sandy
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:04:56

    I would love to pick up Jude Deveraux’s backlist. I loved reading her many years ago and would love to re-read them!
    I agree that they should not be priced over $5.00, but I don’t see them as used books more like outdated books.

  24. Keishon
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:11:22

    *Exclude this entry from the contest. *

    The right price for a backlist title for me especially for unknown author is $2.99. Authors whose backlist that I am always searching for is Judith McNaught and Kathleen Eagle and I must agree with an earlier commenter about Justine Davis/Dare. I loved The Skypirate and would gladly buy most of these folks backlist if they should ever want to republish them. Someone asked Carla Kelly on an active thread at AAR if she would consider digitizing her backlist and I was disappointed to see that she didn’t respond. It’s been a couple of weeks since I last checked so if she did, I retract that last statement.

    I did recently buy up V.C. Andrews earlier books like Flowers in the Attic, etc at $7.99 for digital copy. Loved this series is all I can say.

  25. alics s
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:15:49

    I would love to see Mary Balogh’s early regencies, Suzanne Brockmann’s early categories and Linda Howards early books in digital format. I really liked the Blogger’s compilations that introduced me to wondeul books by Kathryn Shay etc, so maybe more compilations on out of print books by series authors. I would pay up to $5/single title, more for a compilation.

  26. DS
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:19:02

    @srs: Part of Roberta Gellis’ backlist is on Cerridwin Press (Ellora Cave) but the price is pretty ridiculous– $9.99 for Kindle. This is actually reduced from a higher Kindle price when they were first put out.

    You can get Sing Witch, Sing Death, which is a shorter but entertaining Regency/gothic one-off she published in the 70’s. I read it everyone once in a while just because I like it. Belgrave House put it out in ebook form. It’s a reasonable $4 on Kindle. I don’t know about elsewhere.

    I would like to see Doris Sutcliffe Adams’ medieval set novels in ebook form– any copy of her books sells for a lot. And Teresa Denys’ Silver Devil. There was a bootleg copy of Denys’ book making the rounds a while back so there certainly is a market.

  27. DS
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:27:34

    Sorry, I just double checked. Looks like Alinor by Gelis is available on Kindle but maybe not the rest. I might even pay $9.99 if someone would publish the last book in that series without all the cuts that were made for for the Harlequin edition. Desiree?

  28. amber
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:34:15

    Anything by Linda Howard or Judith McNaught would be something I’d jump at in an ebook.

    As to the pricing, I think anything $3.00 and under would be good, especially on backlists.

  29. Jane
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:36:32

    I’ve got to agree with the others above who want Tom & Sharon Curtis. I’ve read some of their works very long ago and only managed to keep a copy of Sunshine and Shadow. Since it is so hard or expensive to run across many of their works in book format, I’d probably pay up to $7.99 (standard mmpb price.) For others that are more readily available in used pb format I’d stay under $5.00.

  30. Annie Cristina
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:37:31

    I would want to buy the entire collection of Patricia Veryan. I first read her in middle school when my mother checked the book Practice to Deceive from the library. She wrote mainly Regency/Georgian romance, and I spent many a school night reading her books way past my bedtime. They were addictive, addictive stuff for the moony, hopeless romantic that I was at that age. I think I would pay $5 per title, possibly more if it’s rare (like the book Poor Splendid Wings, which I can’t find in the states).

  31. A Librarian
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:39:42

    The Liaden series from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

  32. Skylar Kade
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:39:43

    I know Jennifer Crusie’s backlist was harder for me to find, especially some of her early single titles. Many are now being re-released with new covers and, I hope, on ebook. Hmm…I should go check that out.

    As for price, $5 seems reasonable. I’d also like to see backlist ebook bundles!

  33. Ruth
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:39:44

    I’d love to get a set of complete Georgette Heyer novels in an e-format. I have the paperbacks for most of them, but they’re all older printings and some are falling apart.

  34. Ruth
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:43:24

    (non-entry comment on price) Sorry, forgot to mention price. I might be willing to pay more, since hers are the romances that I read & re-read…probably $5 for one of her solid novels (most of them) and $3 for one of her less successful efforts (Cousin Kate, Reluctant Widow).

  35. becca
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:43:33

    I second Patricia Veryan, please – but only at reasonable rates. I did find one Veryan at B&N, but it was $11 or $12 — much too much for an older book that is part of an (undigitized) series.

    I think $5 or $6 at most is reasonable for back list books. Certainly not full new book prices – that drives me away faster than anything.

  36. Skylar Kade
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:43:46

    Ok, I just checked the kindle store and it’s Crusie FTW! Not only is most of her backlist up, she has a 4 for 9.99 bundle! *swoons*

  37. Teresa
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:44:58

    I’d love to get my hands on some of Anne Stuart’s early Candlelight regencies. Used copies sell for upwards of $30 online. I’d also like to see some early Carla Kelly. $5 seems like a gokd price point even though I was THRILLED to see Julie Ann Long’s “To Love A Thief” for $1.99 in Kindle store.

  38. Teresa
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:45:31

    I’d love to get my hands on some of Anne Stuart’s early Candlelight regencies. Used copies sell for upwards of $30 online. I’d also like to see some early Carla Kelly. $5 seems like a good price point even though I was THRILLED to see Julie Ann Long’s “To Love A Thief” for $1.99 in Kindle store.

  39. Deborah
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:45:31

    The one that first came to mind for me was SEP, but after reading the other comments I’ve added a few more names to my list, including Josh Lanyon, Julie Garwood and Mary Balogh. For me, $5 is a sweet spot and I’m much likelier to buy an ebook at that price, although if it’s long and something I really want, I’m okay with a few dollars more. I won’t go double digits though because it’s cheaper to buy used print titles, even including shipping.

  40. Lori
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:45:50

    I would buy the whole backlist of Julie Garwood. Her original historical writing was wonderful! I prefer to pay less than $5.00 but find myself splurging on books!

  41. Michelle
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:46:06

    I also loved Linda Howard’s early stuff, and the first “Montgomery” books from Jude Devereux. I also glommed on the early Jayne Ann Krentz. If available at a reasonable price, I’d buy up my early favorites, for sure. I think a $5.00 price would be fair, although I would prefer less since I’d buy more at a time if they’d stay around $2 instead.

  42. Crystal
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:53:27

    Marsha Canham announced recently that she’s digitizing her out of print backlist titles. So. Excited.

  43. Booklover1335
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:54:17

    I’m very happy that authors are doing this. Some of the titles I’ve been searching for for years I may not finally be able to read because I refuse to pay some of the exorbitant prices some used books sellers want for previously out of print titles.

    Kat Martin is re-releasing some of her older titles which I’m exicited about. I just wish Mary Balogh would do the same for some of her’s. But just like I draw the line for overpaying for used paperbacks I also don’t want to overpay for a digital book…especially since I don’t really “own” it. $2.99-$3.99 would be the max for a previously published book.

  44. Diana
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:54:33

    The entire appeal of an ebook reader for me would be the ability to keep many books on hand in one spot. So I would like to see different price points for a backlist and I definitely search out the back list for an author that I just ‘discovered’. I recently bought all of the Eve Dallas series, and wow, did it add up.

    So, for someone like Georgette Heyer – I’d buy all of her, so I would want a volume discount. The odd single title I would pay more for if I really wanted it. Maybe a tier pricing system.

  45. Margay
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:55:18

    Jude Devereux’s A Knight in Shining Armor – and then all of her Montgomery books!

  46. Diana
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:55:59

    @Diana:
    Oh, and the ownership thing bugs me too! so maybe I would pay a membership fee for access to a very large number of books. Maybe.

  47. Has
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:56:37

    I really hope more authors offer their backlists like this. There is a whole slew of romance authors who I would love to revisit. Another voice for more Mcnaught/Howard and love that Patricia Rice (one of my favourite romances is Denim & Lace) is reissuing her books.

    I would also love if Penelope Neri, Carol Jerina and older Linda Lael Miller historicals are reissued and a few of the older Zebra Hologram historicals authors. There was a few gems there.

    (Don’t enter me for the giveaway)

  48. Sarah
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:04:04

    I really want Saving Grace by Julie Garwood on e-book. It was my first romance novel and I’d love to revisit it. I don’t like to spend too much on backlist titles, especially once the rights have reverted. If an author is putting the book out in e-format through a self publishing site they are making more per book then through normal channels, so asking for 8-9$ just seems like trying to milk it.

  49. cecilia250
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:05:48

    Carla Kelly’s old regencies are what I’d like to see digitized. I’d be willing to pay up to $5 for those, especially since some of the titles are selling for ten times that amount in paper.

  50. caroline
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:11:40

    I would love to see Harlequin release the entire backlist for old school authors like Betty Neels and Charlotte Lamb and Janet Dailey as one huge package … buy the entire backlist for a flat fee. I’d totally buy the entire library in one swoop for some of the authors that really got me in to reading romances as a girl.

  51. K.A. Mitchell
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:12:30

    Please exclude me from the contest entry.

    I am pining for Valerie Sherwood’s backlist to be digitized, particularly the Windsong, Lovesong, Nightsong trilogy. Classic stuff.

    I was thrilled to pay any price when my please-bury-me-with-this-book-in-case-the-Ancient-Egyptians-were-right book The Catch Trap was released for Kindle. My paper copy was disintegrating and used copies were expensive.

    As a rule, though, I like my ebooks under $7. It feels about right.

  52. Melissa
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:16:45

    This isn’t strictly romance, and I just discovered that I don’t think I’d be able to get the books in e-format even if I did have an e-reader, but I would want Ann Maxwell’s books. I read them when I was in my late teens and I adored them. I have all the Dancer books used, but they’re old and yellowed and I would cry if they fell apart while I was reading them. I suppose I’ll need to look for another set of the books used, in better condition than the ones I have.

  53. Jane A
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:19:21

    The first romance author I’m aware of who digitized her backlist was Michele Albert, at an awesome $1.50/book off her website. It’s so exciting to see so many authors jumping on that band wagon. I’d like to see Patricia Veryan, old Mary Balogh, Roberta Gellis (the one’s not yet released digitally), Mary Jo Putney, Loretta Chase’s regencies, older Jo Goodman, Danelle Harmon, Justine Davis, Joan Wolf’s prehistoric series, etc. etc. I think I could go on and on with my wishlist, those are just off the top of my head. Oh, and I’d love to see Grace Ingram’s Red Adam’s Lady in ebook!

    Price to me is critical I don’t think I’d pay more than $5 or perhaps $6 maximum for these, as I have most of them in paperback. Suzanne Robinson’s first book, Heart of the Falcon, is priced at a ridiculous amount. Personally, I find that really annoying, I’d lay odds it would draw a lot more attention and sell much better if it had a lower price point. I have the bad feeling Mary Balogh’s backlist will go for a pretty penny, too, which is too bad. I love the author’s who are digitizing their own backlist and selling their books for some really excellent prices (Marsha Canham, Patricia Ryan and so on).

  54. blodeuedd
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:21:35

    International entry here :)

    I do not mind paying the same price, since there I would never find them in a used bookstore anyway

  55. Amy S.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:21:44

    Any book on there by Johanna Lindsey. I think she was one of the first authors I read and of course I had to find her backlist that I had missed. I can’t believe she has nookbooks. I’ll have to look and see what else I can find on there. I know there is some I missed in paperback. Thanks for the link!

  56. Nikki
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:23:24

    Please exclude me from the contest.

    I think that book packs where they release 2 or more book at a time in compilations would be great. I picked up the MacKenzie pack on Amazon for $9.99 and I was happy to pay that because it had the books I loved and one I had never gotten a chance to read. I feel like the backlist should not be at full price and really shouldn’t be put out at more than 5 or 6 dollars. While I am happy to see these books available again, I have been very frustrated seeing them put out the same book without any new editing or anything else for 3-4 dollars more than the original!

    And someone mentioned they wanted to see the Liaden series in ebook, it is available through Baen. Even some of the chapbooks. The nice thing is that they are well-priced and in multiple formats so I can send them to my Kindle as well.

  57. Beverly
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:28:59

    I would love to see Judith Ivory’s books as Judy Cuevas released in digital.

  58. DS
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:33:39

    @Jane A: Should probably have mentioned that Grace Ingram is a pseud. for Doris Sutcliff Adams. If you like Red Adam’s lady then I recommend Power of Darkness.

  59. Corina
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:35:23

    Like pretty much everyone else has mentioned, I’d love to see some of the early books of Mary Balogh, Loretta Chase, and Linda Howard. And $4 or under seems right to me for these books that have been around a while.

    In addition to romance, I’m a huge golden age mystery fan and I’m thrilled to start seeing some long out of print in the US British authors (Anthony Berkely, Elizabeth Ferrars, Georgette Heyer etc.) starting to show up in E editions but they’re universally expensive, $8 at a minimum. But some of them are so hard to find in paper form I’m almost tempted.

  60. Lynn S.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:44:11

    Although I've been known to pay silly prices for out of print books I really want, I think that $5.00 should be the top-end price for backlist titles in ebook form. Under $3.00 would probably make more people bite and bundle deals like Skyler Kade mentioned would get my buying attention.

    What I would like to see available are more of the Traditional Regencies and Georgians: Heyer, Veryan, Kelly, Layton, Chase, Jensen, Oliver, Butler, etc. Also looking for Patricia Gaffney and Mary Stewart. Unluckily for fans, it seems that Mary Balogh is going the agonizingly slow route of reissuing through her publisher.

  61. Gennita Low
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:47:22

    I have hunted down almost all of Anne Stuart’s backlist back to the 70s but some of the paperbacks are getting fragile from my playing. I’d love to get a digitized collection of all of them–her Candlelights, her gothics, her American romances, etc. etc.–so I know I’ll always have that extra copy, esp. after all the work I used to put in chasing after those bks! (pre-internet bkstores)

  62. Shana
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:48:51

    @A Librarian:
    The Liaden series is available, sans DRM at Webscriptions.com.

    They also have some of Roberta Gellis’ early books.

    Personally, backlist authors I’d buy immediately: Kathleen Gilles Seidel. Elsie Lee. Eleanora Brownleigh.

  63. donna ann
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:58:24

    I’d prob go for Johanna Lindsey’s “Love Only Once” as my copy is in poor condition & starting to fall apart.

  64. Debra
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:01:03

    I have so many!! Would love to get Katherine Stone and Judith McNaught and all of Kay Hooper’s Bishops series.

  65. dknybutinva
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:01:16

    If I got a e-reader & could load some backlist titles on it, I’d look into Lisa Kleypas books. There are a number of her older books that I haven’t read & are hard to find (even the library doesn’t have them). Loretta Chase would be another that pops into mind where there are some older ones I looked for but couldn’t find after I discovered her books.

  66. Tabitha
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:15:55

    Definitely Linda Howard. I love her books and have been looking at Amazon for her backlist. There are a few titles available for the Kindle now but they are pricey. I wouldn’t pay more than $5. Even better if there’s a bundle package available except I want the books in separate files for easier reading.

    I would also like to see Andrea Kane, Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood. I grew up reading these authors and have each of their books in paperback. Now that I have an e-reader I want to collect in digital as well. Oh, and the Mallory series by Johanna Lindsey would be great as well.

    Karen Rose books are available now in ebook but at $6.99-$7.99. I wish they would lower them because I can’t afford to pay the same price when I already have the pbs.

  67. MARIA.MARIA
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:16:29

    I have heard WONDERFUL things about The Windflower by Sharon and Tom Curtis and pretty much anything by Judith McNaught. I’ll be honest and say that as much as I want to read these, I don’t want to have to put alot of work in to finding them. I have a used retailer, and if they don’t have it, then I don’t get it. Admittedly, I am probably missing out on some good stuff. And that makes me a sad panda.

  68. Sam
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:22:45

    I would love to get Linda Howard's early stuff and Jude Devereux. I agree with everyone else, I won’t pay more than $5 for backlist titles.

  69. KarLynP
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:25:00

    I really want to get Danelle Harmon’s de Monteforte series (The Wild one, The Beloved One, The Defiant One, and The Wild One.) I loooooved them. I also want to read Night in Eden by Candice Proctor.

    Note to publishers issuing backlists: Please format these books well! I recently read Lorraine Heath’s wonderful back list release ‘Texas Destiny’ and it was darn near unreadable. Hands down the most frustrating ebook read I’ve ever had.

  70. CK
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:26:43

    Digitizing backlists is an awesome opportunity for authors but they really need to be careful of not pricing themselves out of a sale. I recently found my old Silhouettes – Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Erin McCarthy – that I read as a teen. It was fun to reread them because of the memories of my misspent youth ;) But you know what? They were dated. If I had to buy them individually at $3-5, I would only buy one or two but if they were bundled at $9-10 it would totally be worth it.

  71. CupK8
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:33:07

    (not entering the contest)

    I think $4.99 is an appropriate price point for me for backlist titles, though I would definitely prefer bundles. I’ve been getting lots of recommendations lately, but then I go on Kindle and find that the books I’ve been recommended, if they’re out, are part of a series published 20 years ago, and each book is $7.99. Which means that the publisher loses the opportunity to strike while the iron is hot. I would have bought the whole series if it were $5, but $8 a pop means I have make the choice whether or not I want to start the series, or just buy the one that’s recommended. With the slew of books released in this genre, it’s very likely I’ll put the series in the back of my mind and search for them at a UBS, where I’m more likely to pay $3-$5 and have them on my shelf to lend as I choose.

    Of course, I think full MMPB price for eBooks is ridiculous anyway, but hey.

  72. Jennifer M (OR)
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:33:33

    Oh, I would love to read Judith McNaught’s backlist but just like my reason for not completely switching to digital books it’s all about the price. I wouldn’t pay anything over 5.00.

    I recently purchased a backlist book from one of my favorite authors that was just re-released in e format that I hadn’t read before and spent 5.99. The entire time I read it all I could think was how dated it felt and not quite up to par. So to me it was not worth the price of one of her newly released books.

  73. Cheryl McInnis
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:36:35

    I’m another one who would love to have Linda Howard’s, Anne Stuart’s and also Jayne Ann Krentz’s older titles available.
    I wouldn’t mind paying in $7 or $8 range for each ebook, but being able to buy them bundled (like with the Anne Stuart’s Out of Print Gem collection!) would be awesome!

  74. LEW
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:38:09

    Julie Garwood. Hand’s down. She was my first romance in 2003. I have most of her back list in print, but not all, and none digital. I love me some Garwood.

  75. Mo
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:40:34

    I loved it when Jill Shalvis and Stephanie Bond’s backlist starting popping up on Amazon. I put a dent in my wallet with the 1-click buy button. I love bundles too. My ceiling is also $5.

  76. Subette
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:51:38

    I would love to see Judith Ivory/Judy Cuevas back list digitized and I would pay up to $7 -$9 for the titles I really want.

  77. Christine
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:51:45

    I’d love to get the oldest Carla Kelly book and Joanna Bourne’s first work “Her Ladyships Companion” for my kindle. One great series released by the author and available for well under $5 each is Patricia Ryan’s “Nell Sweeney” mysteries set in mid 19th century Boston. They are great and I highly recommend them!

  78. OctopusGallery
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:55:01

    I’d probably pick up some Mary Balogh titles.

  79. becca
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:02:50

    I like the price of bundles, but I don’t like getting 3 or 4 books in one huge file. I much prefer getting the books in separate files, so I can pick and choose which one I want to read more easily.

  80. Emma_I
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:06:38

    I’d like to see Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught’s backlists in ebook format and $5 for backlist ebooks seems about right to me.

  81. lorenet
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:16:58

    @Milena: Rosemary Rogers Wildest Heart has been re-issued by Sourcebooks Casablanca. The Kindle edition is $5.59. Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain is also $5.59.

    Even with all the bad news about Megan McKinney, I would still love to re-read Lions and Lace and Fair is the Rose.

  82. Kaye
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:18:42

    Definately bundling, would like to see Linda Howards MacKenzie series, and some of Nora’s older series like the Chesapeake Bay, Born In, Dream Trilogy, the O’Hurley’s.

    Since the backlists I have glommed have come mainly from UBS’s I am not a fan of paying a lot of money for older releases – $5 would be my absolute top price.

  83. Gina Gallo
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:23:37

    I would think 3.99-6.99 for pricing. As for authors-Judith McNaught; Patricia Briggs; Mary Brown-The Unexpected Dragon would probably be my favorite!!

  84. Amy Kathryn
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:24:18

    I picked up the Nell Sweeney books after hearing about their release here. The price point was great and I did not think twice about picking up the entire series at once rather than reading one or two to make sure I would like them before spending more than I wanted. $2-$5 is an easy sell to me. More and I have to put it in my wishlist and think about for a while and often hit the delete button.

    I second the regencies and such of Carla Kelly, Georgette Heyer, and Elsie Lee. Garwood, Linda Howard…I would love to replace/supplement my keeper shelves onto my ereader since some of my lovelies are going to fall apart soon.

  85. Amy P.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:25:11

    Most (if not all) of the backlist books I’ve purchased have come from ebay or my UBS. I rarely pay more than $5.00 per book and sometimes if it sounds too “cheesy” I will give it a pass.

    However, if I LOVE LOVE LOVE the author (Crusie, Howard, Brockmann, etc) I will pay the higher $.

    My big complaint . . . re-issue the backlist book with a shiny new cover! I’m one of those people that squeee when I see a book from a fav author, grab it up and then realize (at home) I’ve already have this book!!

  86. Holly
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:26:10

    Hahaha – I’m almost too ashamed/afraid to list the things I’d want on backlist. I only have a few dtb I remember because I was frankly too young and silly to pay attention to the authors of my mom’s Silhouette collection, and then I hit my jaded & bitter college days when I wouldn’t be caught dead reading romances. Several years back I went on a frantic eBay hunt for the ones I really remembered best until I replaced my favorites. I tried to start re-reading them recently and the experience has been… painful. :(

    But, the ones I haven’t yet re-read, I’ll throw up here – Christine Michels & Kathleen Morgan had some sci-fi romances I loved in the early 90s, and maybe some Jaclyn Reding?

  87. Holly
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:28:58

    Also, wanted to say about prices – I think it’d be ridiculous to price backlist books at say, new release prices (of course, I think $9.99 is the absolute limit for new release e-books, and even then it has to be an author I love love loooove for me to even consider that price). At the same time, backlist books are still completed, full-length books that had to go through the editorial and publishing process. It’s fair to price them around $4-$5, which is a dollar shy of dtb pricing anyway.

  88. Susan K
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:34:39

    I would love to get Nora Roberts’ earlier books in ebook format, especially the MacGregors series.

    A newer author would be Rachel Gibson. Some of her earlier books (like See Jane Score and Simply Irresistible) don’t seem to be available in ebook format.

    I think $3-$5 would be a good price point for older titles, depending on whether they were category romances or not. SEP’s Fancy Pants, Honey Moon and Hot Shot were $5.99 each at B&N, which seemed reasonable to me. But after reading all the news about publishers lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were priced at more like $6.99 or $7.99 each.

  89. Michelle R.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:38:04

    Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught would be Something Wonderful. :)

    I’d really like Harlequin to open their back list from the early to mid-eighties AKA my teens.

  90. Marie B.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:39:12

    As a kid/teen I read a lot of Victoria Holt and I would love to see her backlist digitized. I also would be reluctant to pay more than $6 a book – $3-5 would be much more in line with the limited rights I receive with an ebook. (I’m also not a fan of bundles as I like each book to have it’s own file.)

  91. Erica H
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:50:57

    I would have to say Linda Howard,Julie Garwood, Kay Hooper, or Elizabeth Lowell. I would loathe to pay as much for backlist as a new book, but I might for some of my favorites!

  92. Janine
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:53:14

    I don’t think Kathleen Gilles Seidel has been mentioned yet. I would love to see all her categories, single titles and even her unpublished book digitized.

    I agree with Patricia Gaffney and Laura Kinsale’s historical romances.

    Re. Judith Ivory, the Cuevas Books Bliss and Dance have been out of print forever — I would *love* to see them digitized. I think at least some of the Ivory books have been digitized though. At least on Amazon, they are now available.

    Re. how much I would pay — it totally depends on the book and in the case of books I’ve read before, it depends on their personal value to me.

    Leave me out of the drawing, of course.

  93. Pamk
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 11:57:38

    I am going to have to buy several of fav authors in digital like Johanny Lindsey’s Angel and Stephen King’s The Stand. I go reread these every so often. Brings back my teen years when I first read them. I agree $5 r less for back list titles otherwise I can find the at USB stores.

  94. michelle in colorado
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:03:29

    I would love to get some of Jayne Ann Krentz old books but I would not pay over $4. There is so many that If I was to pay more than that it would just be to much.

  95. MarieC
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:04:21

    Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, Christopher Stasheff (fantasy) are just a few of the authers I would love to get. But I would be hesitant to spend more than $4-5 dollars.

  96. Natalia
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:04:27

    Most of the backlist books I’d be interested in are already out in ebook form, but I’d love if I could get some Georgette Heyer is ebook. I’ve been curious about her books, but the trade paperbacks that are out now are big and expensive just for trying something out

  97. BevQB
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:07:24

    First of all, I’d get caught up with all of SAMANTHA KANE’s Brothers in Arms series that I’ve missed since I stopped buying ebooks (PDA/PC too hard on my tired old eyes).

    Then I’d gobble up all the latest releases from MADELYNNE ELLIS and probably try to find all her previous titles in eformat too even though I already have them in print.

    Then on to sampling LB GREGG.

    As for older books, I think I’d head out to see what classic BLACK LACE books might now be offered as ebooks.

    From there? My mind boggles when I think of all the book lovin’ I’ve missed.

  98. colleen
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:07:51

    I’d love to read some of the old Nora Roberts. I’m relatively new to reading romance so it’s always so disappointing when people go on and on about a book they read that’s no longer available.

    The price would depend on the book. It seems fair to price them in the $4-$5 range. When ebooks are priced over $5, I think about my purchase instead of just hitting purchase. I probably would buy more if they were under $5. And I have a hard time paying more than $8 for digital books.

  99. Kathy
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:08:27

    Laura Kinsale, Carla Kelly, Mary Balogh, and Judith Ivory/Cuevas … of course; though I wouldn’t want to pay more than $5-7.00 a volume.

  100. willaful
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:11:15

    I’d really like to get some old Anne Stuart, and I’m eagerly waiting on Megan Chance’s The Way Home, which is supposed to come out at some point.

    I think $3 is about right for a backlist ebook, though if it’s HTF I guess more would be reasonable.

  101. Susan Laura
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:12:37

    I would like to see the backlist of author Jo Goodman. I love her style of storytelling!
    As for price point, I will admit that I am deterred by a cost any higher than $4 for older books. And that is in part because I know these books are a gamble. Writing, like any talent, is honed and developed over time and what was created 10-15 years ago may be very different than what this author is writing now.

  102. Lorelie Brown
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:13:56

    The first backlist books I went looking for after getting my ereader were from Jude Deveraux. And I bought ‘em. *g*

    Anywhere under $5, I don’t notice the price, if that makes sense. I’ll pay more, but it makes me wince. And I can’t imagine paying over $5 for a backlist when I could just as easily to the UBS.

  103. Sheri
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:20:40

    Primarily those that are difficult to find in UBS…Mary Burchell’s Warrender series would be a must buy for me. Also, as mentioned earlier, Victoria Holt and Roberta Gellis. I’m not sure on price point-depends on how much I want that particular book at any given time.

  104. Cheryl R
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:20:58

    I would like copies of my favorites..just so I could keep them in case something happened to my print copies. Sunshine and Shadow by the Curtises, A Rose For Maggie by Korbel, my early Garwoods, the In Death series are books that I reread once a year. It would be hard to justfy paying more than $3 or S4 since I already own them.

  105. ShellBell
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:23:18

    I already have most of Jude Deveraux’s books as eBooks, but my absolute favourite hasn’t been released as an eBook and may even be out of print – The Black Lyon. I think there are only a couple that haven’t been released as eBooks. I got them several years ago, before geographical restrictions so some may no longer be available as eBooks.

    I also have several Georgette Heyer eBooks, just waiting for the rest to be digitized.

    Along with other commenters I’d love to see more Johanna Lindsey and Julie Garwood (historicals only) available as eBooks. I’d also love to see Elizabeth Elliott, Sergeanne Golan and Shirlee Busbee’s earlier books made available as eBooks. As for the price of the backlist, it would vary depending on how much I wanted the eBook at the time. One thing I won’t put up with is being ripped off e.g ebooks.com charging $11.99 each for 2 of Christine Feehan’s backlist. They are the only 2 eBooks I don’t have but they are novellas and $11.99 is overly excessive!

  106. bettie
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:28:52

    All the authors from whom I’d like digital backlists–Judith McNaught, Linda Howard, Judith Ivory, Mary Balough–have already been mentioned.

    I think it would be great if they offered backlist bundles–all the books for a single price that offers a discount per title.

    For individual books, $5.00 is decent, but $2.99 is right at my impulse-buy threshold. I’d buy a $2.99 ebook without thinking twice, but $5.00 would make me stop to consider whether I wanted to risk it.

  107. Margo
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:32:01

    I found Joan Wolf’s old regencies for $5, and I’ve spent the weekend reading. Blissful! I’ve been looking for them for years and had given up.

    When Patricia Ryan reissued her medievals and mysteries for $2.50, I bought all of them without a thought.

    At $2.50 I would be more inclined to purchase entire backlists. At $5.00, I am more inclined to pick and chose the books I really like or sound interesting.

  108. Sarah Christena
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:42:20

    I will say Jude Deveraux, but afraid of reading old favorites and being disappointed.

  109. Susan Reader
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:45:08

    Kathleen Gilles Seidel

    Paula Marshall (Regencies and historicals)

    Dinah Dean (some of these are IMPOSSIBLE to find)

    Pricewise, I’d top out around $5 and maybe a bit lower…they are reprints! My opinion may be a little skewed since I have DT copies of a lot of this stuff…I just want the convenience of having on my reader, as well.

  110. JessW
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:47:29

    I would love a backlist of Mary Jo Putney and Jo Goodman titles. Both authors are hit or miss for used books.

    $5 or less sounds reasonable to me but willing to pay more for some titles.

  111. Patti Braidwood
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:50:22

    I’d pay for Julie Garwood’s entire backlist..starting with The Lion’s Lady, that was my first Garwood. I’d probably pay far more than five dollars too. Add Judith Mcnaught and I would be over the moon.

  112. Sandy Rojas
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:53:56

    Nora Roberts backlist is a must buy and would probably pay anything they ask!

    I would also love Joan Elliot Pickart Silhouette and Loveswept titles.

    I’m always comfortable staying at 5.00 dollar max. Always happy when the price is 3.00 dollars or less:-)

  113. RLJ
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:58:12

    Julie Garwood would be good. Any other on my keeper shelf would make me happy – Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, Elizabeth Lowell, etc. But what would make me really squeal is old category books – especially for companies that are gone – I would love to have my Loveswept collection electronically (and gaps filled).

  114. Michelle
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:04:48

    I would want all of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick’s backlist. It is a wonderful idea and I hope many authors take advantage of it.

  115. Joder
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:07:50

    I would love the backlist of Kathleen Woodiwiss. She was my first and I love the drama and grandeur of her writing style. It still draws me in.

    And I too would love a $5 price. I have problems buying an ebook that’s only a few cents cheaper than the print version and no explanations will ever satisfy me.

  116. jayhjay
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:17:49

    I also am a fan of backlist ebooks. I found out about Patricia Ryan’s backlist medieval series there and bought all of them. They were very inexpensive too (I think $2.50) versus full book price. Yeah!

  117. Cindy W
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:18:01

    Judith McNaught hands down. She was my first author!!!

    I would hate to spend more that $5 per book. I think that is a fair price for a reissue, but what’s going on in the digital world, I won’t be surprised if they were to charge more.

    Great review. I’d love to win for my son!

  118. anna
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:25:52

    I’d pay up to $10 for an ebook I can’t have any other way, but think $5 is reasonable for a full-length novel. I’d like to see the backlists of Patricia Veryan, Carla Kelly, Mary Balogh, and Loretta Chase in ebook format. But I’ll always prefer actual books.

  119. ms bookjunkie
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:30:59

    I’ve been picking up Amanda Quick’s early backlist on the Kindle (first reading on my Mac, now on my iTouch) when they’ve been under $5. Now with Agency pricing, I guess that’s over. (As I already own the books in mmpb, there’s no way I’ll pay the price of a new mmpb OR MORE for re-buying in digital format something I already own!)(Yes, I think the I-already-own-it part bears repeating.)

    And thanks for doing the giveaway, I’d love $50 to spend in a bookstore… :-P

  120. cyclops8
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:34:28

    I love Barbara Freethy and I would buy “Ryan’s Return” and “Daniel’s Gift.” I’m still waiting for Lisa Kleypas’ “Forever My Love” to be re-released. I think the most I wold pay is $7.

  121. runner10
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:35:02

    I would pick a backlist book by Jude Deveraux or Julie Garwood.
    $2.99 is a good price point for a backlist book.

  122. madeline iva
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:42:32

    I would look for a backlist title by an author whose name I don’t recall, but who wrote a trilogy about three McGrath women. Tamsen, Arabella, and the last was something with an M — Mary perhaps? Anyway, the trilogy moves from pioneering life in the West to Alaska, to Spain and Russia. The sisters run brothels, mine for gold, and escape the machinations of Russian princesses who are of course, evil (these books came out in the early 80’s cold war era.)

  123. Sarah
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:48:45

    Linda Howard definitely, and maybe early Bertrice Small. She was one of the first rather erotic writers I ever read.

  124. Katherine
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 13:55:10

    I started reading romance around the same time and read all of the Bertrice Small, Judith McNaught and Catherine Coulter I could get me hands on. Looking back on some (most?) Of their work, I am apalled at how rape-tastic thay are. Having said that, I would buy a few old Coulter and Small titles. And I would be willing to pay $4-5.

  125. Kim
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:04:05

    Judith McNaught ia a favorite author with a backlist still in print. As someone already mentioned, I’m glad that Marsha Canham has just uploaded her early works, such as China Rose and The Wind and the Sea, to ebooks. Hopefully, she’ll get a lot of new fans.

    I wouldn’t want to pay more than $4.00 for any ebook reissue.

  126. Patti in Tx
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:13:11

    For starters, I would love The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Victoria Thompson Westerns and Elizabeth Peters’ pre-Amelia Peabody books like The Jackal’s Head.

    Also, old Linda Howard and early Harlequin Hiatoricals. My copy of Curtiss Ann Matlock’s White Gold is showing its age.

    $6.00 and under is a good price.

  127. Elaine
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:23:21

    I’d love to get the Carla Kelly books I am missing. Have also heard good things about Conor’s Way by Laura Lee Guhrke. And it would be great to replace a couple of Dinah Dean titles that I once had but lost track of. For me a price point of around 2.99 for most books would make it easy to buy. Anything above $5, I’d have to want it really bad. I already have a TBR of hundreds of books.

  128. Patrice
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:25:49

    Justine Dare’s futuristics, Beatrice Small, and I bet there are a few others I just can’t think of. Several I did think of are still in print or reprints.

    I think an author pubbing their own backlist should price competitively. I’d pay between 2.99 to max of 4.99 for a backlist favorite. I’m probably a grinch when thinking about ebook pricing but I’m of the school that ebooks should always be a lower price point than any paper book. ALWAYS. Independant pubs like Samhain Publishing can immediately price new ebooks lower than a paperback price, and then often run special discounts! So why not everyone? Makes me gnash my teeth.

  129. Annabel
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:32:02

    My hero Laura Kinsale seems to slowly be re-releasing digital copies of her books. On her website she even shared that she was involved in some of the cover design, and I really love them…not your average bodice ripper-hero-clutch type things, but really cool atmospheric designs that seem to better fit her stories.

    Since I have idolized her for so many years, it’s neat to see her hand on her own work making it better and more personal to her.

    As for your pricing question, I think up to $5 is fair.

  130. Ridley
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:35:50

    I’d buy all of Carla Kelly’s Signet regencies in ebook in a heartbeat. Ditto for Pam Morsi’s Americana books and Patricia Gaffney’s historicals.

    As for price, $5 would be the upper limit. I could get the books at a UBS for $2.50 or less, or I own them already in crumbling paper, so $7.99 feels overpriced. Lorraine Heath priced her OOP Texas series at $6.99 and agency priced, and that’s just not happening, sorry.

  131. May
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:40:07

    Georgette Heyer’s are available on Sourcebooks, but oh the price. Nothing under $9.99 and most at the $13.99 to $14.99 range. As I already own almost every single one of her books including the mysteries, I just cannot justify spending this – even if I could get myself to buy just one or two with my budget, how would I choose?
    I would also buy Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Amanda Quick, Patricia Briggs, (Hobs Bargain and the Hurog series)Wen Spencer and many more. Bundles would be great – to overcome the lack of seperate files, I go through and either add a note or bookmark at the beginning of every title. This works great to let me go straight to a title I want.

  132. Sotheara
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:41:12

    I love old-school romances by Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Mary Jo Putney, and Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz. I know they’re still writing and publishing new releases, but I don’t think they’re as good. I’m not excited to go to the bookstore and buy them; instead, I’d rather get them from the library because if I’m disappointed I can always bring them back.
    I think backlists should be reasonably price at less than $5.00. Usually, I could find them a UBS for at most $2.50-$3.00.

  133. Christine Rimmer
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:41:41

    (exclude me from the contest)

    I would love to have all of the books Sandra Brown wrote as Erin StClair for Intimate Moments. Also, all of Jayne Ann Krentz’s Desires, written under the Stephanie James pseudonym. Loved those!

  134. rebyj
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:44:17

    Pamela Morsi is one I’ve looked for as well. No way would I pay more than 5 dollars for digital copies though. I have them all in paper and would love to have them in the digital format.

  135. Carin
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:56:59

    I’ve been looking at the early Karina Bliss books and drooling. I was also thinking early Sandra Brown, the short ones I remember reading when I started reading romance.

  136. MD
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 15:10:43

    Mary Balogh “The temporary wife” or “The lady with the black umbrella”. I had both of those, gave them up, and still regret it!

  137. Carol
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 15:15:46

    I would love to have the entire backlist of Linda Howard books. I can’t tell you how many times I have read White Lies.

  138. Melisse Aires
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 15:17:27

    I bought an Anne Stuart bundle from Harlequin but I think I bought it cheaper on Fictionwise. It has Cinderman, a fav of mine and my pb got ruined in a basement flood.

  139. becca
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 15:19:10

    A quick scan at Amazon for Amanda Quick shows them all at $7 or $8, with one at $6, and some at $12.

    Consensus here seems to be that the sweet spot for picking up backlist books is $5 to $6.

    (takes myself off to lostebooksales.com and registers a complaint for all the books I’m not buying)

  140. Lisa
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 15:28:54

    Linda Howard’s early works. LOVE SO MUCH. Against the Rules — an old favorite. I also loved some of Sandra Brown’s early books. Also love many of Krentz’s early works. For the small — might as well be category size — 2.99 to 3.99.For other longer works, $4.99.

    These are all books I own but would love to have in another format.

  141. Tina
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 15:48:16

    For me it would be Mary Balogh. I want to read her early regencies in ebook. Whenever I go to a Library sale or a yard sale, I can spend hours sifting through books looking with MB on my ‘Squee if I find it list” I think over the years I have found maybe 5 or 6 of them. actually came across a few OOP Judith Ivories that way.

    I would also say that my price point would be no more than 5.00 as well.

  142. gamistress66
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 15:54:28

    tough to choose — an author I really enjoy but haven’t been able to read their older books yet or author I really enjoy and has been on the keeper shelf forever so that the books are showing wear tear & age???? maybe some of both ;)

  143. rigmarole
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:05:27

    Throwing in another vote for the Mary Burchells. (Except I loved a lot of her books more than I did the Warrender series. Because I’m contrary that way.)

  144. helen
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:07:52

    I’d love all of Laura Kinsale’s backlist!! Ann Maxwell, Sharon Green (The entire Mida series),and Michelle Sagara (her old books before she got married and became Sagara-West).
    4.99 is the perfect price for a back list book. What I’d really love is for more publishers to bundle books. For example entire series sold as one bundle (J.D. Robb springs to mind).

  145. Amy D
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:14:27

    I agree with you. I don’t want to pay more than $5 for a book on an ereader

  146. Jan
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:15:29

    My first choices would be Mary Balogh, Anne Stuart, Joan Wolf, Mary Jo Putney and Carla Kelly. I’ve found a few of Joan Wolf’s and Mary Jo Putney’s books on-line and I’ve enjoyed those. I think $4 to $5 is a fair price.

  147. Christina B.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:18:37

    Linda Howard’s earlier titles. More of Julie Garwood’s backlist. I bought three of the digital titles of hers that were released in the last year, but I really REALLY want The Secret and Saving Grace. Also, Jayne Anne Krentz.

    I’m also reluctant to pay more than $5 for backlist titles. Even then, it’d have to be ones I really wanted if I already own them in print. OTOH, I’d probably pay 7.99 for Honor’s Splendour…

  148. Sabrina H
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:20:10

    I would love to have some more of Anne Stuart’s old regencies. Another author I am always scouting used book stores for is Linda Howard. I think backlist books should retail between $3-5 dollars. Especially authors who are re-publishing their early regencies…come on $9.99..it didn’t cost that much when the book first came out !!

  149. Kaetrin
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:42:44

    I’ve heard so much about The Windflower and it’s almost impossible to get and so expensive on eBay if you can find it – I’d pick that one up as an ebook for sure. I think around $5 is a good price for a backlist book, but then again, if it’s a book that’s going for megabucks on eBay, there’s a valid basis for an author to charge the usual ebook price too. Otherwise, around $4-5 would be right I think.

  150. appomattoxco
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:52:05

    I’d go with SEP’s Chicargo Stars, and a bunch of Trad Regency’s that are impossible to find used these days.

  151. eggs
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:54:22

    So few romances actually make it to the bookstore here in Australia, that pretty much any author with a substantial backlist would make a killing if she allowed international sales on her backlist in eformat. Many of these books would be ‘new to us’, even if they were first published in the 80’s. We’re already used to paying $20 for a paperback, so the idea of a $9.99 ebook sounds like a total bargain to us.

  152. SandyW
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 17:08:41

    I think the authors I can think of have already been mentioned.
    Carla Kelly, definitely. Linda Howard, especially the Kell Sabin books. Judith Ivory. I'll have to go look for the Laura Kinsale reprints.

    I know Harlequin offers a bundle of ‘The Complete Mackenzie Collection,' which I bought. I think it's four books and a novella for $20, which seemed like a fair price to me. I also have ‘Anne Stuart’s Out-of-Print Gems' which is $18 for five books. $4 – $5 a title for backlist books seems about right to me.

    Why do more authors not do this? It seems like a sure thing.

  153. Julie -Manga Maniac
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 17:22:46

    I would love Elizabeth Chater’s backlist, and Elizabeth Mansfield’s, which, sadly, does not appear to be available.

    I would also love, love, love to get my hands on some of the old Loveswept romances. I loved that line.

    The ideal price-point for me is under $5.

  154. Cathy MacDonald
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 17:33:09

    Would love all the early Ann Maxwell titles. These are Elizabeth Lowell’s early stories that got me hooked on romantic suspense.

    Agree, $5 would be the max for a backlist, $1.99 is more like it.

  155. Chelsea
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 17:34:05

    Anything by Laura Kinsale.

  156. Ruth Spencer
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 17:57:19

    I too,would not pay more than $5.oo for a backlist book.I get them from a local used bookstore for around $4.00 at most.
    Having read romance novels since my teens (Harlequins,mostly),I love to see how those authors have progressed into there careers.i.e. Nora Roberts.

  157. Lori S.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 18:03:03

    Defnitely Linda Howard, and I’d love to glom onto Nora’s backlist. And Crusie. And Sabrina Jeffries. And…oh heck, I’ll be broke by the time I’m done…

  158. R E G
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 18:09:16

    My keeper shelf holds 20+ books by Joan Smith. She wrote comic regencies back in the 80’s and I’d love to have the full collection.

    As for price, I’m baffled as to why ebook retailers don’t get creative in order to get selling.

    Yes $ 5.00 per book seem reasonable. Or maybe $ 50.00 for a 16 book backlist. Or maybe $1.00 more for a book by another author as a hook to get you to buy the next 16 book backlist.

    Let’s face it – avid readers spend a lot on books if they are confident they are going to enjoy them.

  159. Angie G
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 18:17:47

    I’m part of the choir…Linda Howard (esp. Mr. Perfect), more Julie Garwood historicals and earlier Nora Roberts.

    I wouldn’t even hesistate if the price was around $2.99. As many others have stated, $5 is my cap with very few exceptions.

  160. carly m.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 18:22:32

    A lot of the authors mentioned up thread (heyer, sandra brown, sep’s chicago stars) are available digitally already. It was awesome the day I found SB’s A Kiss Remembered, which I think was an early 80s title. So culturally outdated and yet so awesome. What I’d love now are a lot of the old Signet regencies. Definitely Laura Lee Guhrke’s out of print historicals.

  161. Elise S.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 18:37:51

    I’d probably grab up some older Loretta Chase books to start. I’ve only recently started reading historicals and backlist books are making up a big chunk of my TBR pile these days.

    I think $4-$5 dollars would be a fair price.

  162. Karina
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 19:08:46

    Post from Australia

    I’d love to see Madeline Brent’s novels released in ebook format. Loved all these books as a teen, would always get them out of the library and re-read them all the time. Unfortunately they are OOP now and no longer in my library system :(

  163. Yes, No & Maybe
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 19:18:39

    I’ll second the Loveswept line. Many popular authors of today wrote them back in the day.
    I’d buy any Katherine Sutcliffe, Judith Duncan (category romance), Eve Byron (historical), JR Ewing single titles & regency books(aka Julia Ross), Jane Ashford, ditto on Anne Stuart’s regency and category romances and Patricia Veryan, Katherine Kingsley, Tom & Sharon Curtis, Patricia Gardner Evans, & Emma Lange. I could go on and on!
    I’d consider paying up to $7 for those hard to
    find books.

  164. sula
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 19:19:40

    Probably Jo Goodman and Lisa Kleypas would be on the top of my list with Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught also on it. $3 or $4 would be my price point given that I still don’t trust my e-books to not disappear or become obsolete at some point in the future.

  165. Chris W
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 19:29:24

    Wow there are a lot of authors that I would like to get. When I got them in paperback I had to trade in backlists regularly, not enough storage space. I would love to see Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood, Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz and th list could go on. I would like to pay $5 or less but if they did the 3-4 books bundles for $9.99 for a series, I might get myself in trouble!

  166. Amber E.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 19:34:59

    Some of the authors backlist I would love to read are anything by Judith McNaught, Linda Howard’s early romance books, and Laura Moore’s books. I don’t think you can buy any of Laura Moore’s earlier paperback books without paying a lot for them.

  167. Stephanie
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 19:43:35

    I would start with Laura Kinsale. There are still one or two of her books I haven’t read yet, and I would love to reread everything again. Then I would move onto Roberta Gellis. I haven’t read any of her books yet and I have always wanted to! So far my trips to my local used bookstore have been fruitless…but then again I’m not even sure her backlist is online either. One day I want to read all my Nora Roberts favorites again. She was my introduction to romance.

  168. Kerry D.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 19:45:17

    If authors are publishing their backlists (to which I say “yay!”), for the love of all that is holy, please, please, please can they make them internationally available? I don’t know if that’s easy or not, but surely if they’re publishing themselves, it’s possible?

    For me, I’d love the Georgette Heyer’s to be cheaper (like someone said, I have most of them in paper already and can’t justify the $10 or higher for books I already have), I’d love to be able to get Mary Stewart in ebook. They’re my top wishes, along with a whole lot of favourite fantasy authors from the later 80s and through the 90s whose books I’d love to reread.

    I think around $5 is a good price for a backlist book, but if I really wanted it I think I’d pay up to $7. Beyond that, especially if I already have it in paper, it gets hard to justify.

  169. J.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 20:01:27

    Definitely Julie Garwood’s earlier works. I love her most of her books but definitely her earlier historicals. I don’t think she has any new ones out!

  170. Sandy D.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 20:09:41

    Ah… “The Famous Heroine” by Mary Balogh. I ordered it through inter-library loan because I refused to pay $25 for a short Regency.

  171. Jayne
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 20:21:09

  172. Nonny
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 20:31:18

    Roberta Gellis. I’m currently trying to find them from my local UBS — slowly. I’d love to have an e- option.

  173. Kwana
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 20:41:02

    Great contest! I’s say 2.49- 4.99 for a back list title is a good price for me.
    I’d love the Catherine Coulter backlist and Danielle Steele too. I grew up on these books and get the warm fuzzes with them.

  174. kerry
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 20:50:11

    Agree that I would love to see backlist titles from Julie Garwood, Jude Devereaux, and Pamela Morsi. I think $5 is probably the max I would want to pay.

  175. AllisonH
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 20:54:22

    Julie Garwood is the author I would look for. My print copies of her historical titles are well-worn and reread with care. $5 would be the ideal price-point for me. For backlist harlequin titles I would look for below 5, closer to 3 or 4 dollars. As I have the print copies, I am not willing to pay very much for that extra electronic convenience.

  176. Lynn S.
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 21:19:50

    @R E G: @Jayne: Amazon and Books on Board also have her RegencyReads titles usually for around $3.99 if you don’t mind (or know how to remove) the DRM. They also have her titles written under the Jennie Gallant pseudonym which are every bit as good.

    Also, for anyone monitoring the comments, for some strange but good reason Books on Board has the latest Mercy Thompson book, River Marked, available in Epub for a much lower price, with the reward dollars factored in it is under $8.00.

  177. Mariska
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 21:27:57

    Julie Garwood for sure :)

  178. Brandy
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 21:38:14

    I wish Lynn Kurland’s backlist were repub’ed in ebook form. As well as Kristine Grayson’s superhero/fairytale series and the early Linda Howard books.

  179. Lacey
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 21:40:46

    I always love to see the older harlequin and mills and boon books getting digitized. I’ve found some really great series authors and would like access to their whole backlists (Lynne Graham and Olivia Gates are my most recent examples)

    I also would like the work of Julie Garwood and Linda Howard to be digitized. I own them in paperback but would like to slowly transition to all digital given the ease of transport.

  180. chey
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 21:43:50

    I wouldn’t want to spend more than $5 on a backlist book.

  181. Susanna Fraser
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 22:07:26

    I’d love to be able to get Kathleen Eagle’s backlist and Patricia Gaffney’s historicals. $3-5 seems like a good price point to me, depending on length.

  182. Caitie
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 22:23:47

    I’m curious about SEP’s backlist titles :)

  183. Jane
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 22:38:36

    @Jayne I bought a crapton of Joan Smith from Fictionwise. Those are good books to buy when Fictionwise has its sales.

  184. PG
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 22:41:39

    I agree–it would be good to choose from the old Loveswepts again. Price would need to be on the low side, though–maybe $3? 4?

  185. SAO
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 23:28:08

    I’d second the vote for Joan Smith, also Karen Robards and Anne McAllister. I’d probably re-read a Woodiwiss to see if I still like it.

    Rosemary Rogers? Blech! The seventies tolerated a lot of crap behavior from men and is it all present in those books! I think the average modern reader would gag.

  186. Lynn Pauley
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 23:53:54

    Many of the authors I want have already been mentioned above — Madeline Brent, Dinah Dean, Patricia Veryan, Carla Kelly, Elizabeth Chater, Lynn Kurland, Mary Jo Putney.
    Others I would like to see that have not been mentioned: Elsie Lee, Jane Aiken Hodge, Jo Beverley and Essie Summers.
    I would love to have Julie Garwood’s “For the Roses” — the four sequels are available in e-book format — it makes no sense to me that the first book in the series is not available as an e-book.
    As far as price — priced at $2.50-$3.00 and I will probably buy all the backlist titles that I do not own. Priced at $5.00 or more and I would have to pick and choose carefully — don’t have as much discretionary income as I used to.

  187. Leslie
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 00:54:36

    I would buy any of Roberta Gellis’ historicals starting with Roselynde.

    I think $5 or under is a good price point. If the title is hard to find in UBS then I’d be willing to go a bit higher.

  188. TriciaB
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 00:55:29

    for price on backlist titles $3 – $5.

    Would love to be able to buy either bundles or 3 for 2 promotions of backlist titles and series.

    I am lucky in that most of the authors I want to own have have digitized their backlist extensively. None of my list is particularly unique but Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, Cindy Gerard, Jo Leigh, and Jonathan Kellerman.

  189. SonomaLass
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 01:29:07

    Thanks for this thread, Jane! I did not know about the Crusie bundle, or MZB’s The Catch Trap — oh how I loved that book, and it’s one of the few of hers I’ve never owned my own copy of. I would love to buy more backlist titles in digital, just because I have NO ROOM for more used books (although I keep buying them anyway). I think the prices should be no higher than the used mmp price, mostly.

    I recently got Julie Anne Long’s To Love a Thief and Carolyn Jewel’s Lord Ruin as ebooks

  190. K
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 01:54:06

    @Melissa: I hadn’t thought anyone else would mention Ann Maxwell’s Fire Dancer series, and it was so nice to be surprised! Of course, what I really want is to know what would happen after Dancer’s Illusion. :)

    I would pay $7 for really good books but would much prefer to pay $5. (I’d pay still more if it were a hard-to-find favorite but I would grump a lot.) Lower, $2-$2.50, would be the books that aren’t so great for if I wanted to complete a series or a backlist. Bundles are good as long as the titles show up individually on the e-reader.

    It’s funny, ten years ago this thread would be more of a what-if instead of something real. “If you could have any author’s backlist magically appear on your shelf, which would it be? How much would you pay?” As it is, I’m getting some good recommendations for when more backlists do show up. :)

  191. Merrian
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 01:54:36

    @Melissa:
    I actually still have a couple of Ann maxwell’s SF romances in MMPB and would love digital copies.

    Also all of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s ‘Darkover’ books would be great

    Also Grace Ingram's ‘Red Adam's Lady’

  192. Missy_G
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 02:12:03

    I would love to read some of my old favorites again but the price point would need to stay under 5.00.

  193. Jessica
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 03:41:31

    Carla Kelly, Linda Howard or Judith McNaught.

    Definitely I’d be reluctant to buy backlist ebooks over $5.00.

  194. Maureen
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 05:41:03

    I saw that a bunch of old Amanda Quick books were available. They were priced at 5.99 and 7.99 and though I might pay the 5.99 for an old favorite I don’t think I would be willing to pay 7.99 for a book that I have already bought and read years ago.

  195. Maureen
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 05:42:49

    I found some older Amanda Quick titles on sale for 5.99 and 7.99. I don’t know that I would be willing to pay 7.99 for a story I already bought and read years ago.

  196. FiaQ
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 06:42:31

    I’d love to have these authors’ backlists available in digital format:

    Sandra Canfield / Karen Keast (category romance)
    Diana Brown (trad Regency romance)
    Kristen Kyle (futuristic rom / historical adventure rom)
    Gayle Feyer / Taylor Chase (European medieval rom)
    Pamela Morsi (Americana)
    Judith Duncan (category romance)
    Olivia Rupprecht / Mallory Rush (category)
    Kathleen Gilles Seidel (contemporary rom / category)
    Nita Abrams (European hist rom)
    Olga Bicos (rom suspense)
    Tiffany White / Anna Eberhardt (category)
    Stef Ann Holm (Americana, e.g. the Harmony series)
    Susan Kay Law (Americana)
    Mary Stewart (rom suspense)
    Maggie Osborne (half of her backlist is digitalised but at outrageous prices and those I want aren’t yet digitalised)
    Candice Proctor a.k.a. C. S. Harris (historical romances)
    Vickie Taylor (her debut book, the first in a series, still isn’t digitally available)

    All right, I’d better shut up now. I already bought digital books from these authors:

    Megan Chance (American-set historical romance; she’s slowly but steadily digitalising every title, about four more to go. Yay.)
    Theresa Weir / Anne Frasier (contemporary rom / rom suspense / mystery; I’m hoping she’ll digitalise her category rom backlist soon)
    Marsha Canham (Historical rom)
    Michele Albert (contemp rom / rom suspense. Bought the entire backlist from her web site)
    Patricia Ryan (American-set romantic/crime historical novels / historical rom; bought the entire backlist from her SmashWords account)
    Lorraine Heath (American-set historical roms; bought only one so far, it’s badly formatted, which put me off her other titles)
    Ruth Wind / Barbara Samuel (contemporary. I was absolutely thrilled to get my mitts on an old favourite “In the Midnight Rain”!)
    Deborah Smith (only one so far, though, as her ebooks are rather too expensive)

    I bought too many books earlier this year so to curb my impulsive-buy habit, I’m sticking with the $5 limit. Books available for $2/$3 each always find a happy-as-feck buyer in me, though.

  197. Liz
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 06:47:17

    Marsha Canham is putting out her backlist and had some very good books.

    I agree with those that would love to see Roberta Gellis’ Roselynde Chronicles and her other historicals.

    As for price I think at good starting point would be $3.00.

  198. jo
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 07:02:42

    Reading these posts, I feel as if people have a secret window into my keeper shelf. All the old Sandra Browns – in all the various names she used. Every Signet Mary B. All the Madeleine Brents. Victoria Holt. Rogers (yes, bad behavior and all). Woodiwiss. Oh, yes, and The Windflower (although way down on my list of favorite Tom and Sharon Curtis books). I keep all the old stuff. It’s new books that I can’t hang onto. I so need that Nook!

  199. Ivy
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 07:26:19

    Kathleen Woodwiss, Georgette Heyer, Margery Allingham (not romance, I know), Laurie McBain, Rebecca Brandewyne, MZB’s Avalon series. Those are right off the top of my head. There were some gothics but I can’t recall the authors right now. I wouldn’t want to pay more than $5 for them & would prefer less. If you’re lucky you can still find most in a good used bookstore.
    Thanks for the great contest!

  200. kleio
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 07:35:44

    Oh, I’m with you, StacieDM. I’d love the N&S trilogy in eBook form. The reason I have an eReader (not a shiny ‘Nook color) is to make my life easier and prevent me from having to lug thick books to work/on the bus/on the train, etc. Jakes’ books are definitely thick. :)

    I think $5 is a more than fair price for a backlisted title. I find myself cringing more often than not when I see the books that cost MORE in eBook format than they do as print copies. :-/

  201. Renda
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 07:39:05

    Thanks for all the great memories. My high school job was in a UBS and it is so funny to see a bunch of these titles/authors were on our overstocked list and we were not allowed to take them on trade, the Gellis, the McBain, Rogers, etc., we were overrun with. It would have blown my mind to know that there would be a market for these 30 plus years later.
    I would love to see some of the old Kay Hooper books.

  202. Bailey
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 07:40:11

    Improper English by Katie Macalister. The first time I read it I laughed and laughed. I wonder if it would still be as funny today. I wouldn’t pay more than $5 for it though.

  203. wonderings
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 07:56:38

    I’d look for the usual suspects first — Mary Balogh, early-mid Linda Howard.

    $4.99 is a solid price point for backlist. But if I already owned a paper copy in decent shape, I doubt I’d purchase a duplicate e-copy. (I’m surprised we haven’t seen more experimentation with paper copy + ebook copy combos as you see with various movie formats)

    If part of a series, discounting the first book is a good idea to entice purchase of the later ones. I like the idea of well-pu-together bundles (with some discount) as well. Although not as one gigantic file….

  204. JenD
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 08:12:25

    @Skylar Kade: Thanks for the heads-up! On my way to Amazon right now.

    I would look for Deveroux, Garwood, Lindsay and the like. I would love to get the books I had when I first started reading romances that really moved me. Comfy slippers, well worn and loved- those type of books.

    I would pay 7.99 or less. The extra price is worth it to me to not have to schlep my wheelchair down three stories, drive across town, deal with maybe finding the books at the USB, drive home, lug the chair up the stairs and then try to find the time to read. I’d rather pay a bit more money and just *have* the book.

  205. MrsJoseph
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 08:23:00

    I would buy Beatrice Small’s The Kadin. I wouldn’t pay more that $5.00 but I would LOVE to have that book in digital format. I have the origial cover in PB and I have a MMPB, too.

  206. jody
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 09:06:23

    $5 or less seems right for a backlist book. And I would SO love to read all of Roberta Gellis books.

  207. Chicklet
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 10:06:21

    Frankly, the backlist book I want now isn’t a romance, it’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldiier, Spy by John le Carre. Apparently, it’s gone out of print so everybody is stuck waiting for the publisher to release a movie tie-in version in a year or whatever. BACKLIST FAIL.

    As for price of backlist, I say no more than $5.00, because as you say, backlist books are competing with the used bookstore. Just this weekend I wanted to pick up the Prey series of mysteries by John Sandford (Mark Harmon playing Lucas Davenport? Yes, please!), only to find that Barnes & Noble is charging $8-10 per title. There’s no way on earth I’m going to spend $200 to acquire the full set of ebook or mmpb editions; I went to a couple of used bookstores and picked up the first 11 books in the series for $50. And neither Sandford, his publisher, or B&N got any money from me. Apparently, that’s what they want, or they’d price the backlist ebooks more reasonably.

  208. LauraB
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 10:27:37

    Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy (her alter-ego) would be grand. I would also love, love, love a ebook copy of Margaret Mahy’s The Changeover, which is a comfort read of mine.

    I’m with Jane, I’d probably spend no more than $5.00 for a backlist title.

  209. Melissa B
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 10:28:41

    Oooh, backlist titles!! I’d HAVE to have Judith McNaught’s whole backlist, as I cut my teeth on her, with the crowning glory being Whitney, My Love ~ I looke every so often now to see if they’ve become available on Kindle, and no luck, sigh. As for price? I’d say $5 would be fair for a full length, and $3 for reprints of older catergory romances, which I hope they’d make available, too, since some of the greatest authors out there started in category. And if we’re going to go for the stars, why not go for the moon, right???

  210. Jen
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 10:41:22

    Judy Cuevas/Judith Ivory! Also, by now I think I’ve tracked down all of Marsha Canham’s and Laura London/Sharon & Tom Curtis’s backlist, but if I hadn’t, they’d definitely be authors I’d scoop up. The Windflower is going for almost $40 used on Amazon!

    I agree that for backlist books, $5 seems like a fair price.

  211. Mary Beth B.
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 11:27:45

    This brings back memories ! I used to love Georgette Heyer & Barbara Cartland but have been chasing Susan Elizabeth Phillips oldies in my library’s collection. I’d love access to them & more as e-books.

    I think a cap of $5-6 is reasonable for re-issue as an ebook.

  212. Castiron
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 11:43:32

    If Loretta Chase’s Captives of the Night were out as an ebook, that would be my first choice. (If it were a DRM-free ebook, I’d even pay $7.99 for it, as I’d certainly buy it for that price in paper if it were re-released, but for a DRMed ebook, I’d rather not pay more than $5.)

    Outside romance, the bundle I really want is a complete set of Sayer’s Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries.

  213. vita
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 11:52:25

    I’ve got to confess that I am a very, very slow reader. That, I believe, has always kept me from “re-reading” titles…even though I definitely, physically KEEP most of my favorite books. So I am really torn between choosing new releases and backlist titles (because I can’t keep up with current titles let alone older ones).

    I do, however, love the ability to affordably “glom” everything a new-to-me author has to offer. The pricing issue is sticky. I’m all for an author getting as much for every sale as possible. And, yet, I also feel that older titles should be less expensive, which feels hypocritcal to me: an author’s work shouldn’t have less monetary value just because it’s ten, twenty, or thirty years old. Or…should it?

    In fact, if it has become that much of a classic, maybe it should be worth more?

  214. Karen in TN
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:06:50

    J. Konrath seems to have found the sweet spot on backlists with $2.99. At that price, the author is often making more than they did when the book was new, yet the price is under what a used paperback will run online (figure the penny token charge and $3.99 shipping at Amazon, which is often the lowest price around) or in town (anywhere from $1.50 to $5, depending on the author). For some authors and if the backlist is fairly “new”, you can probably adjust that upwards, but once you get over $5, you’ll run into resistance, especially with an author with a long backlist.

  215. Pat A
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:18:12

    Dinah Dean, who was mentioned earlier, would be one of my choices. Her book Tatya’s Story, is unavailable on Amazon’s market. I think $5.00 is fair, but eBooks should be much cheaper than dead tree books.

  216. eskimo
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:36:00

    @CK: I agree with your pricing idea. I’d love to get Nora Roberts entire category backlist .

  217. carole mayer
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:36:46

    First I would not want to spend more than $3.99 for a backlisted book. These books can still be found at garage sales, used book sales or libraries.
    The authors I love to read are: Sandra Brown, Beatrice Small, Linda Lael Miller, and Brenda Joyce just to name a few.

  218. Kristi
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:45:51

    $5 is a bit much for an old book. I find nice used copies of old paperbacks on the library sale table for 25c. No, I don’t believe a quarter is a fair price for an ebook or for the convenience of being able to search a e-bookstore by author. But $5? I can buy a new-release Harlequin for that. I’d say half the price of a new-release paperback, so $3-4.50 or so might be right.

    Authors/publishers: never underestimate the power of a “bargain”. If I feel like I’m getting a deal, then I tend to buy extras (and which is better, selling me 3 books at $3.50 apiece or selling me 1 at $7.99?)

    For what to read, one of these days I should hunt down the Karen Robards book that I borrowed from my mom’s collection that was my first introduction to grown-up romance :)

  219. Daisy
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:54:58

    I would be interested in picking up Judith McNaught’s books as digitals; also any and everything by Elizabeth Lowell/Ann Maxwell.

    I would say the $5 range for a backlist title is about right – though publishers routinely release back titles with new covers as reissues and charge full price for them, so why would we assume it would be any different for an ebook?

  220. cayenne
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:59:47

    Like a lot of people, I’d love older materials from Carla Kelly, Anne Stuart, Mary Balogh, Justine Davis, Loretta Chase, Lisa Kleypas, and Mary Jo Putney.

    Of category-only writers, I’d love to see Judith Duncan’s & Evelyn Crowe’s backlists. These were amongst the first non-YA romances I read in the early-mid 80s, and my paper copies are totally disintegrated from regular re-reads.

  221. Hannah
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 13:19:33

    I would seek out books by Sharon and Tom Curtis–some of the only OOP romance titles that are impossible for me to get via interlibrary loan, and used copies are rather expensive.
    The right price for a backlist ebook? I’d say no more than 3.99.

  222. Cherry Mischievous
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 13:19:59

    I would buy Johanna Lindsey’s Savage Thunder. I’ve read it about 20 years ago and still in love with it! :)

    I would like to buy my backlist as cheap as possible… but the author really has the right to price his/her work as they see it as worth it. They need to be cautious though because too steep a price and they won’t sell a thing. So authors need to be reasonable and realistic about their pricings. $5 sounds about average to me.

  223. becca
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 13:45:44

    And apparently Laura Kinsale’s backlist is being released… at $9.99 for both paper and e-format. grump.

  224. Stefanie
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 14:22:04

    I would love to see Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood available on Kindle. I know that some of Julie Garwood’s backlist is already available, and to that I say, “More, please!” But Judith McNaught is not available, and my paperbacks are looking worse for wear. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (whose backlist is available on Kindle) and Judith McNaught were my first romance authors (ah, memories!). Reading these authors today is like eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s — comfort food for the mind.

  225. Ann
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 15:45:48

    I would have to pick Nora Roberts, Lori Foster and Julie Garwood. As with any book, price would be a consideration for me though.

  226. shel
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 16:24:00

    [Not a contest entry]

    My price point is under $5 definitely, and preferably with no DRM.

    For those who mentioned Marsha Canham, you can actually get Swept Away for free this week at Smashwords using the coupon code.

  227. Sandra
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 16:52:48

    Carla Kelly would be a back list choice for me. $5 seems far. Can I say how much I hate Agency Pricing?

  228. Heather
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 17:23:52

    Older books: Elizabeth Lowell’s medievals
    Newer books: Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling so I can read them all at once.

    Not sure what’d I’d pay. A bundle would be brilliant though.

  229. MS
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 17:34:55

    $2-$4 would be the ideal backlist price.
    I’d indulge in some Nora Roberts backlist!

  230. Kristi
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 18:20:16

    Judith McNaught! I adore her.

  231. orannia
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 18:26:15

    I’d like to echo all those who mentioned Patricia Veryan!

    I first discovered her books at the library, and read them all. (I remember requesting the final book in The Golden Chronicles from the library and asking my mother to pick it up and post it to me while at university.)

    I am also very, very lucky in that I managed, when I first discovered the amazing BookFinder, to source all of the books in The Golden Chronicles and the Tales of the Jewelled Men in MMP. They have been safely packed away (for far too long) until I can finally build a library, but I often pull out The Mandarin of Mayfair, which is my favourite.

    Price, not sure….

  232. Rosa
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 18:53:04

    @A Librarian:

    The Liaden books have been being rereleased, haven’t they? I just started reading them and I thought in one of the author’s notes they said they were self-publishing the ones that had reverted to them.

  233. Andi
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 19:21:30

    They’re not romance but I wouldn’t mind some of Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine’s young adults.

  234. Kerensa
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 20:13:58

    Regencies! I don’t even know if I’d pick just one author, but I would LURVE to glom about a hundred of the old style regencies, all at once. Of course, I’d hope they were priced reasonably, but I’d still pay good money to get more of the out-of-print ones in ebook format.

  235. Diana
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 20:23:34

    One of the first romance novels that I read was Double Standards by Judith McNaught, which I really loved. So I’d be interested in her backlist.

  236. Amy C
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 20:36:53

    I have spent years amassing what I consider to be an impressive backlist. Ebay helped me find old regencies from Mary Balogh and Carla Kelly before everyone else was grabbing them. I also have all of the McNaught books (even when Clayton spanked Whitney!) and a signed “Glitter Baby” by SEP. I love, Love, LOVE Betina Krahn, and would gladly read and re-read The Last Bachelor. Also enjoy Elizabeth Lowell’s early historical romances. And Barbara Boswell; whatever happened to her?

  237. Teresa C
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 21:11:24

    I have actually bought some of the Tall, Dark and Dangerous titles by Suzanne Brockmann as e-books. But, when you are strapped for cash, and already have 2-3 copies in paperback for each title, paying $6.30 for a category book is a little steep.
    Fictionwise has some of that series at $4.05 and others at 6.30. Might have to grab the lower priced ones.
    Another category book that I would love to have in eformat is Special Gifts by Anne Stuart. I have a paper copy that I am re-reading right now and am really enjoying it.
    Has anyone thought of pricing the e-version for backlist at the price it was originally sold at?

  238. Erika
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 21:22:55

    Late to the party, but I didn’t see a response to this: For the poster who wanted the Liaden books by Lee and Miller in e-book format–They’re already out, at Baen’s site. Pretty reasonably priced, too.

  239. Ariel/Sycorax Pine
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 21:45:22

    Judy Cuevas, absolutely. Either Bliss or Dance (or both!). Then I could stop clutching my borrowed copies to my heart and carrying them with me wherever I go (and actually return them to their rightful owner). I generally think $4-6 is a fair price for an ebook.

  240. dainnva
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 21:54:00

    i’m with you, hate spending the same or more for electronicly transmitted items when I can’t really do what I want with them when i’m done with it. also, the whole drm issue (can’t use book from a on b reader w/o headaches) wish they’d get uniform so could figure out what’s best for me easier

  241. Teresa C
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 22:11:48

    @May, the Hurog series has already been released as ebooks. But, the price point is high enough that I didn’t buy them. But, I am anxiously awaiting the release of Dragon Blood in audiobook. Dragon Bones has already been released, and they did a good job with it.

    As for the Wen Spencer series, Baen Books has the Tinker series at a decent price. The Ukiah Oregon Series is still priced a little high at 6.99. I bought mine at Fictionwise with a really good coupon so that all 4 books didn’t make me put one back. I have all of them. Am still debating re-buying A Brother’s Price.

  242. Erica L
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 23:42:17

    If anyone manages to get a copy of a favorite in e-form: strip the drm and back up your ebooks! you never know when amazon, b&n, or your bookstore of choice will decide to screw you over and stop supporting your past purchases.
    I lucked into buying most of Joan Wolf’s first person historicals (The Arrangement, The Gamble, etc.) in ebook format back in the early days–this was from the original amazon ebook store, long before kindle, that was closed down and they stopped supporting those purchases without much notice. I love those books–I know lots of people hate first person but they are some of my favorites. Unfortunately, the old drm is very touchy and I can only read them on the PC, and one or two of the files has been corrupted. I bought these years before I discovered drm stripping, and although I’ve managed to recover most of my ebooks from that era to readable format, those Joan Wolf titles seem to have something weird in the files that makes them not compatible anymore.
    Anyway, I would love to be able to repurchase those and get new clean files, but there’s no sign of them being released again. It’s weird because most (all?) of her regencies seem to have been released as ebooks in the last couple of years, but not my favorites.

    Also, I would buy tons of other backlist books if they were priced up to about $5.

  243. Tinabelle
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 00:52:39

    Wow! Talk about a fantasy question. If only it would come true…

    My top choice would be the Garwood historicals; I would pay just about anything for a digital version I could read on my Kindle. And I mean ANYTHING!

    Other authors high on my list: the Draycott Abbey collection by Christina Skye and the MacLeod/de Piaget collection from Lynn Kurland. I would also be interested in backlists by McNaught, the Curtises, Canham, and Putney. I’d pay regular MMP prices for these.

    I would love it if some of the old Candlelights and Loveswepts were digitized. This is where I discovered Kay Hooper, Judith Duncan, Iris Johansen, Hayton Monteith and Deborah Smith. I have some of my faborites in paperback but they are in pretty bad shape. I belonged to their clubs where I got the entire month’s selection in a box. I really enjoyed a lot of those books; I admit it. Prices here are tricky. It would depend on how badly I wanted it, but I’d probably be willing to pay the going rate for today’s categories.

  244. Kristie E
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 06:39:56

    Nora Roberts – Promise Me Tomorrow (I know… Not happening) and older Candlelight romances by Diana Palmer most especially Color Love Blue. As for price name it?

  245. Diane V
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 08:52:32

    Lee Damon’s books — I have 3 copies of “Again the Magic” alone.

    Also, as previously mentioned Laura London’s “Windflower” and Loveswept books, and the old Loveswepts by Hooper, Monteith, Johansen, Smith, etc (those were the days when you’d get 4-6 books by these authors a year.)

    I’d also like some of the Candlelight Ecstasy/Supremes – Heather Graham, Eleanor Woods, Kay Hooper, Jayne Krentz – to name just a few of the authors.

    I actually have these books in paperback, but limit the times I reread them to preserve them — some I’ve probably reread over 100 times in the past 25-30 years and they actually still look almost like brand new except for the yellowing paper (take that fact and stick it where the sun don’t shine Harper Collins.)

    I’m not willing to pay more than $4.00/$5.00 for an ebook.

  246. DianeN
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:48:15

    I would buy everything from Carla Kelly’s backlist, and probably spend a grand and glorious weekend reading them all at one go!

  247. Lada
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 11:29:46

    I would love for OOP midlist authors to utilize e-publishing. I’d like to try authors like Theresa Weir and Candace Proctor. I do have to agree with others though: why on earth isn’t LH’s Mr. Perfect digitally available yet??

    I bought Crusie’s Bet Me for $2.99 when it was first released as an ebook and that felt just right.

  248. Joopdeloop
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:23:03

    Judith Ivory/Judy Cuevas, Carla Kelly, Laura Kinsale, Patricia Gaffney, Lois McMaster Bujold, … preferably $5 and under without blinking. For painfuly prolific authors, have mercy and offer volume discount and or bundles (I can’t see getting through Robert’s In Death series any other way). Is that a viable model – offer a backlist discount (buy 3 get the 4th free, when you purchase from one backlist? And wouldn’t it be lovely for sites to compile backlists for easier browsing, i.e. noting series order)

  249. Jen X
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:34:24

    I’d love to see the Mary Balogh regencies in e-format. Also, Jo Goodman’s novels from the 90s, loved those. I think $2.99-$4.99 are good target prices.

  250. Cheryl C
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 14:15:23

    Add me to the list who would love to see any book from Judith McNaught’s backlist made available in ebook format. I have HC and PB copies of all of them (and have worn out and rebought copies multiple times), but I would absolutely buy ebook copies of them all. Almost Heaven, Paradise, Perfect, A Kingdom of Dreams…

    Of course, if the price was under $5, that would be ideal. But, honestly, I would probably buy them anyway.

    Julie Garwood’s older historicals would be another I would pick up quickly.

  251. Shawntelle Madison
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 14:20:49

    I have misty memories of the Zebra Historicals from the early 90s. Many of them are only available through used book stores and places like PaperbackSwap.I’d love to be able to order them as e-books.

    Right now I’m looking for a historical I read a long time ago and with authors putting their backlists online I hope I’ll have a chance to find it.

  252. Sheila L.
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 22:37:41

    I would purchase the backlist of Jayne Anne Krentz.

  253. Teresa
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 10:32:16

    This thread is costing me a fortune! :^) Thanks for so many recommendations of great books. I was happy to find a bunch of Marsha Canham’s backlist priced for $2.99 on Amazon.

  254. BethP
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 12:12:15

    Definitely Judith Ivory; Mary Balogh (although I believe some of hers are being reissued); Loretta Chase.

  255. JenM
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 14:44:29

    My top three would be Ann Maxwell’s Fire Dancer series, Sunshine and Shadow and The Windflower by Sharon and Tom Curtis, and the Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon. I actually stumbled across 6 of the 8 Angeliques in a thrift store and grabbed them for $.50 each, but of course, the two that were missing were my favorites of the series.

    As for price, in general $3.99 is my ceiling for backlist books. I can’t believe those greedy publishers are trying to get $10 for them considering that they were MMBPs that originally sold for under $5 when they were first issued.

  256. AnnJ
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 15:29:38

    I would order any backlist by Marsha Canham. I wish she would start writing again. I would pay no more than 3.99 for an ebook.

  257. Laura Kinsale
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 20:50:12

    I’m having a great time FINALLY getting most of my backlist out in ebooks. I’ve been a bit baffled by the pricing myself, as it seems quite random. (I’m not publishing them myself, so I see them on Amazon, etc. about the same time as readers do.) I’ll look into this.

    Also, regarding international releases–let me tell you, it’s a can of worms. I’ve tried to figure it out, asked about it, and frankly I just get nowhere. Nobody really seems to know how it all works. It seems to have more to do with the retailers and server farms and formats than with the publishers, as far as I can tell, which isn’t very far. I think this is one thing that still has some wrinkles in the system.

    Meanwhile, I’m working on ebook editions of FOR MY LADY’S HEART and SHADOWHEART. The plan for those two is to release the originals AND “condensed” versions in the same edition. The condensed versions will be about 1/3 shorter, and in the case of FMLH, with the Middle English dialogue converted to more modern English. ;)

    To be clear, the original versions will be there just as they were–the reader can choose which version they prefer. Or read both for that matter. :)

  258. Liz
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:49:30

    @JenM

    The Angelique series by the Golons. I was never able to read the last two in the series as I could never find them available here in the US. Those I might pay $5 each.

  259. janicu
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 20:54:14

    I’d actually like Judith McNaught’s backlist in ebook too. And Diana Wynne Jones’ backlist.

  260. Sarah
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 22:58:00

    Does Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series count? Because those puppies are HEAVY.

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