Most of my published books are listed on Amazon with phony editions and for ridiculous prices.
Why does Amazon allow ridiculously high prices and phony listings of editions that don’t exist? Besides confusing Amazon customers, the additional listings and unrealistic prices hurt the book rankings and the entire economy of what’s actually being sold.
Wow! Babies!, was published by Knopf/Crown Books for Young Readers as a hardcover (1997) and board book (2000). Those were the only two authorized editions of the book. But Amazon also shows a “Crown Books for Young Readers (1758)” edition of the board book selling for $970.43 by Silver Ocean, or you could buy it from AllPro Books for $978, or $987.25 from Open Range Media.
You and Me, Baby was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers as a hardcover in 2006 and board book in 2008. Along with a library binding of the hardcover, those were the only three authorized editions of the book. But Amazon also shows a hardcover edition by “Random House Childrens Books (October 10, 2006)” selling for $896.09 by Lucky’s Fulfillment, $920.99 by Bronze Classics, $987.25 by Open Range Media, and $1,008.00 by smiley_books.
Baby Signs for Mealtime was published by Harper Collins in 2002 as a board book only. However, you can buy a hardcover edition, ASIN: B00P246I9Q, for $930.35 from RockMountainBooks, or $1,052 from GlobalOnlineCo.
My First Baby Signs was published by Harper Collins in 2002 as a board book only. However, Amazon lists five formats and editions of the book, including two hardcovers and three board book editions; besides the only real edition is an edition dated July 1, 2002, and a very special “retrograde” pub date of January 1, 1754. No wonder it sells for so much — $902.81, sold by Mega-Movie-Deals, and $907.99 sold by Sandy Dunes Surplus.
Baby Signs for Animals was published by Harper Collins in 2003 as a board book only. However, Amazon lists five formats and editions of the book, including two hardcovers and three board book editions; besides one real edition there is an edition dated July 1, 2002, and a very special “retrograde” pub date of January 1, 1849. No $900 listings, yet…
What Babies Think, published by Andrews McMeel in 2000, has two hardcover editions on Amazon when it only really had one. Up until a few days ago, it was for sale for $919 by cbobooks. However, cbobooks has since then lowered their price, selling it today for $7.05.
My Baby and Me was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in 2008. It has not quite made it into the $900 Club, but it’s getting up there, priced at $254.56.
Baby Signs for Bedtime was published by Harper Collins in 2003 as a board book only. However, Amazon lists three formats and editions of the book, including a hardcover and two board book editions. Jaspee City sells the additional HarperFestival (1721) board book edition for $288.78.
Grow! Babies! was published by Crown Publishers in 2000 as a hardcover and in 2002 as a board book. The board book sells for $339.97 today, having gone up from $285.19 literally overnight for some strange reason, by Bright Harmony and Cherish More.
Baby! Talk! was published by Crown Publishers in 1999 as a hardcover, and in 2000 as a board book, and then as a Kindle. However, Amazon lists two additional hardcover editions: a bargain price dated April 20, 1999 and a retrograde edition dated January 1, 1645, as well as two rare board book editions, dated January 1, 1815 and January 1, 1656. Wow. Yet the oldest one of these only sells for $68.29 from NMX Design.
Baby For President, self-published by Pierrepenny Books in 2012, is not even available to buy for under $10,515 new and $50,000 used, only sold in Canada. The book does not exist since it’s a print on demand and Amazon seems to have banned the real book that has a list price of $14.95. But I guess for anyone paying this much, actually receiving the book isn’t the point.