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December 08, 2009


danielle h

I just ordered Hornet's Nest from Amazon UK. With Amazon's steep discount, I actually ended up paying about cover price for the book -- with shipping + taxes, it was about $26. Definitely worth it.

Levi Stahl

I'm surprised the article didn't mention the Book Depository--I guess it's still so small-scale relative to Amazon that the reporter didn't even encounter it. Still, their free international shipping has convinced me to buy many a book from the UK before it was published here--Ishiguro, Byatt, and Mantel in one week this spring alone.

{And as seemingly the only person on earth to really hate the Stieg Larsson books, this news story is actually painful for me to read: I ordered the first book from the UK months before it was published here because I'd heard such good things about it!}

Jason Pinter

In the long run, a couple hundred imported copies of the book is nothing that Knopf will get too worked up over--most independent bookstores sell foreign imports--and the word of mouth/publicity (as evidenced by this NYT article) just creates that much more demand for the series.

I agree that ebooks could change all of this. At some point, I imagine, you will be able to download foreign editions of books to US or universal devices as soon as they are available (remember Amazon's "Our vision is to have every book ever printed, in any language, all available in under 60 seconds on Kindle.") at which point publication dates will blur even more.

Regardless, it's refreshing to see how much demand there is for reading in general, and that in this kind of economy people will plunk down premium prices to get their hands on a series they love.

Dana King

I'm just going to have to add this to the list of thing I don't get.

I read DRAGON TATTOO after it was the hot book to talk about at Bouchercon in 2008. It's too long, the mystery is solved through a wholly contrived serendipitous occurrence, the resolution of the primary mystery is unsatisfactory, and Larsen had a gift for spending too much time on things that don't deserve it, and not enough on things that do.

Lisbeth Salander is a fascinating character, and there is a lot to like in the book, contrary to my above comments. Still, how it became such a sensation eludes me.


I didn't much like the first one either. Which pretty much explains why it's a runaway bestseller. I won't be buying numbers two and three.

Tom B.

I'm accustomed to buying UK editions, because a lot of genre fiction by British or European writers is available there long before it reaches this side of the ocean. I'm thinking of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series -- virtually all of them were published there many months before they were available in the U.S. Since they were bestsellers, Amazon UK usually offered them at 40 to 50 percent off, so even with overseas shipping, it was still a good deal.

John McFetridge

I have to admit I was turned off by the word "girl" in the title. Made me think it was another "Twilight."

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