Special Editions Update – New for June

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Upcoming Special Editions - June Announcements

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'Naked' hardbacks look to be making a comeback

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It’s time for a monthly update of what’s going on over at the special editions tracking page. June has been a crazy month for new releases, so there’s lots to catch up on. 

Looking at trends, it appears publishers are bringing out a bunch of ‘naked hardback’ special editions, with Cassandra Clare’s City of Ashes releasing in July, a 5th anniversary edition of Madeline Miller’s Circe due in September, and a deluxe edition of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief anticipated for March 2024. Another highlight this month includes a ‘new’ Terry Pratchett (A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories) – a collection of early stories he wrote under a pseudonym, with special clothbound exclusives and an alternate design from Discworld to look forward to in October.

And if you’re collecting the leatherbound/sprayed edges Tolkien collection, there’s still a hefty preorder discount available for the upcoming Hobbit books.

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This year The Hobbit is joining the new Tolkien collection

Season 2 of Netflix monster hit Heartstopper is due for release on August 3, 2023, so if you haven’t already seen them, now is a good time to take a look at the special editions of the Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman (that the show is based on) – they have pretty foiled covers and decorative endpapers, and volume 4 is due out in October. (And I have to say I think it’s a great adaptation. If you haven’t watched/read it, the hype is real – it’s just such a lovely representative coming-of-age story, perfectly capturing the tenderness and angst of young romance.)

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Shiny foiled covers of the Heartstopper special editions (Vol 4 releasing Oct 2023)

Otherwise, we have the usual crop of pretty sprayed edges and other exclusive features from Waterstones and Barnes & Noble, a beautiful set of special editions for Tricia Levenseller’s Pirate series, and two new titles in Puffin’s clothbound classics series revealed for 2024 (David Copperfield and The Neverending Story).

Do check out the whole list if you’re interested!


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