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Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books? 
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Post Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
Hi there heinlein fans! I was just wondering if you know who owns the rights to the Heinlein novels. Are they all owned by the same company? Or perhaps by the Heinlein family?

And this is my first post, yeay I feel like I am part of a community!

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:21 pm
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Post Re: Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
I'll offer the Heinlein Trust and then trust for our resident experts to expand upon your question


Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:28 pm
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Post Re: Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
All of the Virginia Edition volumes list the copyright holder: the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust. (The previously unpublished material is copyright 2011; all else 2003.) The Prize Trust set up the Virginia Edition Publishing Co. to publish the series when the Trust's initially selected independent publisher, Meisha Merlin Publishing Co., failed in the spring of 2007 after six volumes were printed. See the earlier pages of the Virginia Edition thread for more of the sorry details.


Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:39 pm
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Post Re: Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
Thank you very much Mr. Garsch. Do you know what their website URL is? I would like to know if they are going to re-publish some of the old novels with new cover art. If they are, I would like to ad them to the collection.


Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:11 pm
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Post Re: Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
Daverzx1,

The Virginia Edition website is, oddly enough: http://www.virginiaedition.com/

:)

As you'll see when you visit the site, these are leather bound books, with no cover art to speak of. It's also, as far as I know, an all or nothing affair, i.e. you can't order individual volumes. You might look on ebay, I suppose there may be someone reselling them there, but I'm not sure. As a subscriber, I've got my copies, so I haven't been looking.

That being said, there was another company who was reprinting hard covers in leather. I picked up a copy of Starship Troopers on ebay before I found the VE information, and subscribed.

I wish you luck...I too enjoy cover art, and sometimes wish that the VE books had slip covers, but then I'm sure I'd want picture X instead of picture Y, so maybe it's a good thing.

Welcome!

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Post Re: Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
With respect to cover art: The original Meisha Merlin run of the Virginia Edition had slipcases, with their outward-facing sides decorated with vertical slices of what would have been a mural by Donato Giancola when the first 12 or so volumes were on the shelf and in order (four murals were planned, but only the first was painted). The same art was duplicated on the paper dust jackets.

One thing I know for a fact about the trouble Meisha Merlin ran into: The slipcases ended up costing more to produce than the books themselves. (This was in part because two different sizes of slipcase were required to fit the standard clothbound and optional leatherbound books, respectively.) Hence the relatively undecorated, somewhat lower-priced, no-options Virginia Edition Mark II.


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Post Re: Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
Most interesting. Thanks for the information...I'll have to chat with him next time I see him. He's a most pleasant person to talk to :)

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Post Re: Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
Wow that is one expensive set of books. For the entire collection it is $1500. I will be saving my pennies for a great many years before I buy those.

Thank you for getting me that website there Airgetlam. I appreciate that.

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Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:06 pm
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Post Re: Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
Yes, they are. The other company I couldn't remember at the time was Easton Press. They are also insanely expensive, but my perception is that they're somewhat of a boutique shop. I purchased their edition of Starship Troopers off of ebay. But if you're looking for reasonably priced reading copies, I'd find your local used book dealer, or an online version thereof.

Good luck!

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Post Re: Who owns the rights to the Heinlein books?
Airgetlam wrote:
. But if you're looking for reasonably priced reading copies, I'd find your local used book dealer, or an online version thereof.


Unfortunately, the VE includes some items that aren't available in used book form.


Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:44 am
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