Sigtrygg wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:46 am
Do I have to buy yet another copy despite kickstarting the original book at the highest level to get the latest text?
Probably; Baen was not involved in the original kickstart/publication. If you have the relevant information, you might want to write to Marc and to Toni Weisskopf (Baen Boss)
and inquire; Toni is quite reasonable, and pro-fan (within reasonable limits - she can't and won't let her pro-fan attitude extend to doing serious damage to the brand or the economics), and while I can make no commitment on her behalf, I would not find it surprising if some sort of consideration were extended. However, you should know that it is also equally likely that it wouldn't
happen; Baen has
put out second editions as separate purchases, where the second edition is distinguished by the addition of significant prefatory and/or afterword material. (This is sometimes but not necessarily always accompanied by the first edition going into the Free Library, where you may download it and keep a copy forever at no charge beyond your time and what your ISP charges for net.access/downloads.)
I strongly urge people to keep Baen in mind when seeking new SF books; Baen publishes SF without considering the author's politics, only the quality of the writing.
Additionally, Baen does not assume that you are a criminal; all of their titles are published without encumbrances that limit you to specific devices or formats. All newly-published titles are available in HTML, Microsoft RTF, Kindle/Mobi, and ePub formats (there may be others - but PDF is not
one of them), and purchasing a title from Baen gets you access to all of the available formats, so that if you change devices or platforms, you don't have to repurchase the title. Additionally, if a title is withdrawn from publication after you have purchased it, your ability to download it - in any of its Baen-published formats - will remain in most cases (there have been a couple of instances where the revocation/reversion of rights resulted in the necessity for withdrawing even the ability to re-download purchased books. This has been quite rare).
PRICES ARE SENSIBLE - unlike other publishers (including other branches of Baen's parent, Simon and Schuster), Baen does not charge print-edition prices for e-ditions. If the print edition is currently in hardcover, the e-dition will be $9.99; if the current print edition is Trade Paperback, the current e-dition price will be $7.99, and if the current print edition is Mass Market Paperback, the current e-dition will be $6.99.
END BLATANT PLUG