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While many, if not most, simply click Play, many others enjoy the extra materials that tend to come on movie DVDs. Some literally buy the DVDs for these extra features.

This idea is to create a similar market for books. This kind of material would create an opportunity for additional scholarship, be a tremendous resource for aspiring writers and generate additional revenues for authors and publishers.

theircompetitor, Jul 07 2005

'The History of Middle Earth' by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien. http://www.amazon.c...026-4871875-5635631
In effect, the history of the writing of The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. [DrBob, Jul 07 2005]

'Unfinished Tales' by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien http://www.amazon.c...026-4871875-5635631
Re-writes, asides and unfinished bits that never made it into The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. [DrBob, Jul 07 2005]


       Would there be a blooper edition, showing all the typos?
waugsqueke, Jul 07 2005

       No, this is would be more about the development of the book, not meaningless changes.
theircompetitor, Jul 07 2005

       When reading some of H.P. Lovecraft's novellas I was amazed at the loving detail in which he depicted Providence. That's something I would have loved to know more about from the author himself. Too late now, but perhaps that's what you're talking about?
Detly, Jul 07 2005

       Such comparisons are already available for a number of classics that underwent significant revisions between editions, and/or where authors' original scripts are available.
DrCurry, Jul 07 2005

       Right, [DrCurry], I'm looking for something similar for a large number of published books.
theircompetitor, Jul 07 2005

       Doubt it would be practical until books are widely published in electronic format.
DrCurry, Jul 07 2005

       Well, the DVD could be attahed as it is to many software books
theircompetitor, Jul 07 2005

       For an interesting read along these lines, look into Samuel R. Delaney's "Dahlgren". In the latter portion of the book, his editing is part of the text, presented as the contents of a found notebook.
normzone, Jul 07 2005

       Baked by Christopher Tolkien, who edited a series of books, The History of Middle Earth, which basically traces every draft and change that the beloved J.R.R made to The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings.
DrBob, Jul 07 2005

       That must be an exciting read.
bristolz, Jul 07 2005

       They do this with most -e-n-e-r-g-y- _b_u_i_l_d_i_n_g_ codes. Also an exciting read.
Worldgineer, Jul 07 2005

       Am I detecting sarcasm in these annotations? How can one tell without knowing the author's intent?
theircompetitor, Jul 07 2005

       So you're essentially talking about a concordance of sorts, to accompany the original book.
waugsqueke, Jul 07 2005

       I think an edition of book jackets with alternate titles considered by the author would be more interesting than this (no, I'm not a fan of alternate endings or trial/trailers) and would be sufficient to demonstrate the author's will and purpose of composition.
reensure, Jul 07 2005

       [waugs], see link. I'm a huge fan of George R. R. Martin. Click on the link discussing "A Feast Of Crows". I'm sufficiently interested in the book that I would be very interested in original version, the new version, creative (and business) decisions that went into the split, etc. I really thought that the DVD extra features analogy is the best one -- I'm not sure why I'm having such a problem conveying the thought.
theircompetitor, Jul 08 2005

       It's difficult to see how it translates to written material, I guess. From what I am getting, this is baked for many books.   

       Authors have released revised versions of books. Stephen King put back about 400 pages to "The Stand" in the 'uncut' edition. And there's a concordance published for his Dark Tower series.   

       I'm not one to watch the DVD extras thing much anyway.
waugsqueke, Jul 08 2005

       Undo Redux
reensure, Jul 08 2005


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