BrooksBlog Poll: Would You Buy Leather-Bound Shannara Books?

terry-brooksGreetings Readers All,

I know it seems from time to time that we don’t pay enough attention to what you would like to see happen with the Shannara books, but we listen up more than you might think. Some things we can’t manage for artistic or monetary reasons. Some I just can’t make myself do. But the latest and strongest request we are receiving is one we might be able to act on.

Many of you have asked for leather-bound editions of Sword, Elfstones and Wishsong for your collections. This would mean something on the order of the ones published long ago and far away by Easton Press. High production values with gilt-edging on the pages, a ribbon bookmark attached to the binding, gold letting on the spine and cover, raised binding on the spine. We would also consider fresh artwork of some sort.

This is a slippery slope. It is costly and time-consuming. So before we get too involved with the idea, we have decided to run a poll. Your faithful Web Druid will tally the votes. If we have enough interest, we will proceed. If not, the matter will be dropped. So vote your preference below and answer these questions please:

  1. Would you buy a high quality leather-bound edition of Sword, numbered to only 500 copies and signed by myself and the artist, for $200-$250?
  2. If you did, would you want to have Elfstones and Wishsong, as well, as a boxed set, keeping the same numbers as Sword if ordered at the same time?
  3. If the price point for the latter was somewhere around $500 for the set, would that be a problem?
  4. Rather than the above, would you prefer an unsigned leatherbound edition for around $75-100?
  5. Do you have a different idea of what would be preferable?

I know this is complicated and maybe confusing, but do the best you can to answer all questions in your response. If we get a strong enough response, we will act on it. Whatever happens, we will report back to you in about 30 days. Let’s put a deadline on this of May 15.

Hope your spring has sprung, wherever you are. Hope to see some of you on the road with Witch Wraith this summer.

All the best, Terry


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Written by Terry Brooks
I am the author of the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, as well as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Street Freaks. I love to write, read, and travel. For more information about me, you can read my writing guide/memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.