MHI in Leatherbound Hard Cover?

Okay, here is something a little crazy for you to consider.  A bunch of people have been asking me about the possibility of a hardcover copy of Monster Hunter International.  I ran this past the publisher, and she said that it was a possibility eventually, as this has happened with other Baen series that have become really popular (like Miles Vorksogian and Honor Harrington), however, I’ve still got a way to go before that, and an omnibus edition once there are more MHI books out is more likely first.

But…  a limited run of these would be a possibility:

http://www.eastonpress.com/intro2.asp

So, the question is, how many of you would be down for a leather-bound, fancy, signed edition of Monster Hunter International?   The downside is that you pay for quality, and it would run about $50.  No, you don’t get to pick what kind of monster the leather is made out of.  (but if anyone asks, you can tell them that it is real minotaur). 

So what I need from you is to post in the comments here if you would buy one of these.  Please, only post if you really would pony up the money, because I need to get an actual idea if this is doable or not. 

Thanks.

118 Responses

  1. I’m a book and DVD edition snob- I’d definitely pony up the cash, and especially for a signed copy.

  2. Absolutely. Count me in! $50 is chump change for something as awesome as this!

  3. Yeah, I’d be down for that for $50. (signed pls!)

  4. I do believe that I’d be down for it….. That’d make a good gift for my wife for Christmas, and could start reading it to my son this coming year…..

    I’ve already got the signed paperback in the case with a patch, a signed leather bound version would be nice

  5. Oh yeah! Sign me up!

  6. I would pay for a signed leatherbound copy.

  7. I’m in for one too! that would round out the collection of the first MHI nicely!

  8. I would buy a hard cover. My paperback edition is on permanent loan it seems.

  9. I’d love one and would be ESPECIALLY appreciative if you could reference that ever faithful Kimber .45 when you sign it.

  10. Larry, I’m definitely up for one of these!

  11. I would buy one of these. you need to come somewhere out east so I can get it autographed.

  12. I know I would as well as several of my friends.

  13. Hey Larry. I am in for a copy, two if we can get them by Christmas.

  14. I’d be game for a leatherbound signed copy.

  15. I’d buy it and deduct if off my tax returns!! – just kidding…. I would pay the $50 for it

  16. I’m a sucker for stuff like that, so count me in.

  17. My son and I have read MHI twice, and the book is getting dog-eared. I’d buy a signed, monster-bound copy like you are describing in a heartbeat.

  18. I would go for that definitely. My husband would love it.

    Kate

  19. I love leatherbound books; I’d pay up for one!

  20. My first edition is looking a bit frayed.

    I’d pony up for a collector’s one. I’ll see if anyone else who read it is interested.

  21. Yes, I would pay for a collector edition…

  22. Uh… Isn’t this doing it backwards? Aren’t the books supposed to come out in hardback first, then in paperback?

    (grin)

  23. I would definitely pay for a hardcover. They last longer, and my paperback is already showing wear.

  24. I’m in.
    Bonus question: Would there be a Collector’s Edition Patch to go with it ???

  25. I’d love to get a nice hardback edition. That way I can loan out the pb to unsuspecting friends. ;)

  26. I’d get one, I already loaned out my Vanity Press copy

    • What were you thinking?? Those things are collectors items!
      Tell them to go buy their own paperback! ;D

      Larry, I would probably buy one depending on WHEN they came out (if I have the cash at the time- right after the holidays would be no, midyear would be yes..)

  27. Yes, I would be happy to shell 50.00 for a quality edition. Especially if it is signed and has a lower number than Eric Shelton’s.

    Besides, Eric would only tie it to his truck and drag it behind in the desert to see how durable it is.
    ;-)

  28. I would be very very interested in 2 Leather bound signed copies.

    I was very sad the Austin signing didn’t work out. Please come back to Texas if you get the chance.

  29. Sign it and I’m in. I made the mistake of loaning out my Vanity Press copy to one of my sisters and she put a nice crease on it.

  30. TXGunGeek and MisbeHaven would be down for one to add to the library.
    BTW, the autographed copy we got for my shooting boss and his wife got some feedback. She finished it Saturday and picked up another book to read then put it down because it wasn’t as good as MHI.

  31. Yep! Would get one, even if it would most likely end up costing me double on account of this being northern Europe.

  32. Down for one, especially since I gave away all my Baen copies.

  33. Christmas is just around the corner, sounds like a great idea. Put me down for one.

  34. Damned skippy I want a copy. Although I think Minotar would be inappropriate. Troll or ogre would be more fitting.

  35. Shoot yeah! I love the Easton Press stuff (I have quite a few of them in my library right now). I would def pony up for one. If the timing was good, maybe even two!
    I WANTS IT! I NEEDS IT!

  36. Agent Archer will definatly be getting one….

  37. Absolutely I would pay $50 for this!

  38. Absolutely! Be a great gift also!

  39. You’d have to put me down for 2 copies. And, of course I’d pay a bit more for them to be signed.

  40. I’m in!!!
    POD Copy + BAEN Copy + Leather Copy is a perfect Trifecta.

  41. Oh hell yes!

  42. I would buy one… if I could get it signed.

  43. Absolutely sir, please keep us informed.

  44. Absolutely!!! Sign me up for one

  45. You need an even more special edition ….

    http://www.humanleather.co.uk/

  46. I’d buy one especially if it were Signed.

  47. Larry,
    I’m cool with that. I’m a signed edition snob too.

  48. I’m in.

  49. I would pay that for such a signed edition.

    However, in my current economic situation (recently unemployed), coming up with the 550 clams might be a bit difficult, if not improbable.

    What kind of lead time are we talking about, here?

    Daniel
    Pagan Blacksmith

  50. Dude – like you have to even ask?

  51. The Easton Press books are nice. I’d drop $50 on a signed leatherbound edition. But that’s pretty near the top end of my “discretionary luxury item” scale. (Yeah, I’m a fuckin’ cheapskate.) So it couldn’t be much more than that before I’d have a hard time pitching past my my “I don’t really need that” filter.

  52. Fifty bucks, if it’s signed, count me in.

  53. I would love a leatherbound copy! I am definitely in.

  54. Signed? Yep, we’d be down for one!

  55. Hell yes.

  56. Oh, hellz, yeah. How soon?

  57. i’ll bite, especially if it’s signed.

  58. I’d take one.

  59. I’m down for at least 2. You have to tell me that it’s made from real Werewolf hide first though. :)

    Seriously, I’d love to support this.

  60. Yep,. I like the idea of a special edition patch paired with it as well.

  61. Hell, yes, I’ll take a copy!! Well worth $50 or $60 to me.

    Kevin

  62. I’ve already purchased several copies… Please put me down for a leather-bound version.

  63. I’m in. Be nice to have a hardcover version for my “nice” shelf.

  64. It it’s $50, maybe up to $60 autographed and delivered I’d take one. Much more than that and I just won’t be able to justify it in my mind.

  65. Yes, I would order one. A signed copy with a special edition patch as a perk would be great!

  66. Yes, yes 1000 time yes.

  67. There is no way I would miss it. I have both softcover editions and would be all over this. Would pay some more for autographed, even!

    Where do I send the money?

  68. Count me in for 2. I have a friend that needs one as well. Hope to see you next week in SD.

  69. count me in! Do it in a cool ‘grimoire’ style with silver bindings and I’ll buy two.

  70. Put me down for one as well. I was wishing it was in hardcover when I was halfway though the original MHI print edition. Both the orginal print run and the newer paperback version are on my shelf next to Lovecraft, Howard, Butcher, and Zelazny, among others.

  71. I would like one. The question is will the wife let me get it.

  72. $50 for a signed copy….leather bound?

    Sign me up. (I’ll also take a patch if we’re getting the books directly from you, and you have an extra one or two!)

    –Jim

  73. I’m in for two, especially if they’re signed.

  74. I’d get it.

    …I just have to save up the money first. Poor college student, ya see, haha. ^.^;;

  75. I would definitely buy one and put it in the safe with the original. I bought a new print to reread and it took 3 days cause I’m getting old and lazy. Can’t wait for the next books.

  76. Not only would I buy one; I would buy one, sew my MHI patch to the cover and display it top, front and center of my book case.
    Possibly even two! Christmas is right around the corner after all.

  77. I’d definetly buy it.

  78. Absolutely in.

  79. Yup, count me in. Especially if signed is an option.

  80. Sure, mark me down for one. I could always class up my bookshelf

  81. I would pay $50.00

  82. Count me in.

  83. Where do I send my check?

  84. I would, without a doubt, drop a fifty on this.

    Do it.

    tweaker

  85. $50 for a leather-bound (hopefully signed) edition? Sounds like an awesome deal!

  86. I’m the kind of person who would wait and get a nice leatherbound hardback set of all 3(or however many there end up being) for $150 or whatever assuming good paper and font. I’m not a fan of nice looking leatherbound books with cheap paper. If you’re only doing the leatherbound edition of MHI 1 then I’d probably just buy 2 more paperbacks for replacements when my current one wears out.

  87. Hardcover and signed by the Larry himself? I’m in.

  88. You can set aside one for me.

  89. If LabRat didn’t already comment, us nerds are down for a copy to preserve our already-acquiring-battering self-published original.

  90. I would take 2

  91. I’d pony up for a leather bound book. Throw in a patch for a book marker please!

  92. I would definately get one! The patch from the first printing would be incredible for us that missed that publishing!!!

  93. I would pony up for it!

    Good price, great book, very classy…

    Jordan

  94. I’m in for one!

  95. Count me in. It would find a place of honor along side my data books & Barnes silver bullet reloading manuals… Keep up the good work Larry!!!

  96. Yep, I’m down.

    We just need to get Cor-Bon to make some PowRBall with silver instead of lead, then we’d be SET.

    Wes

    • Don’t forget some of the special MHI silver .308, buck and slugs… who made Milo’s Breacher rounds of choice, anyway? (Yeah, I mean the ones that take basketball-size holes outta sides o’ beef and blow fresh vampires in half with one shot…)

    • Forgot in above post: anyone have ideas about building Mordechai & Milo’s dreidl-loads to actually fire?

  97. Hell yes I’d buy a couple at that price point. I’ve been telling you this since your self published edition…….

  98. So when do we hear yea or nea? Christmas is just around the corner and I could really use this to answer the “what do you want for Christmas?” question. Hell, I’ll buy a couple (at least) for presents for others.

  99. Has this happened?

    I am in.

  100. Any update.. if this this might be go?

  101. Larry-

    Lunch. Discussion. Soon.

  102. Im a bit late but I am wanting this BAD.

    Jim

  103. I’m more than a bit late, but sure!

  104. Signed, leather, acid free paper.

    Yep, I’d spring for that.

  105. Larry, any word on the leather covered special edition? I’d go for that! Autographed, acid free paper, genuine monster hide cover.

  106. I would be interested.

  107. Larry, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again……..YES!

    Hey my copy of ‘Hard Magic’ arrived yesterday, I’m stealing time from my gunsmithing to read it. Just a few pages in but very interesting! And THANK YOU for the very nice personal enscription.

  108. I’m interested

  109. Yeah! I’m definitely down for that. And yes I would love a patch. Oh just an idea,,, how about a real serviceable high quality kukri with the MHI patch etched on it? Most of us would buy that too.

    • I like the kukri idea, too! Good one, Nelson. For that matter, how about licensing the MHI logo to be custom etched into 1911s?

      Larry, how about revisiting this with Baen?

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