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Here are all of your most Frequently Asked Questions about Lyra’s Books, our Imprints, the Rights system and everything else as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to all the questions we have had put to us thus far, and a few that we’ve dreamt up ourselves. We will add more questions as they are asked and answered, so check back now and then to stay up to date with the latest situation. There is always the chance that you have a query which you don’t find answered here. If that is the case then head to the Contact page and get in touch with us directly. 

Imprints

About the two Lyra's Imprints

Lyra’s Classics is a separate imprint from Lyra’s Press, both of which are owned by Rich Tong and come under the umbrella of Lyra’s Books.

Lyra’s Classics focuses on fine press editions of public domain books and is bringing in new illustrators for a fresh approach to classic titles.

Lyra’s Press focuses on publishing modern titles with an emphasis on more heavily illustrated art books, author signatures (if we can get them) and more modern and unique bindings. Dimensions of the books, designs and materials may differ from title to title for both imprints.

Due to many of the books having rights attached to them, we wanted to create a separate branch of titles. We are aware that not everybody wants to follow a contemporary book like Stardust with a classic literature book like The Picture of Dorian Gray. These are two very different titles. We don’t want customers to feel any kind of pressure to buy a book that is far outside of their normal area of collecting just to retain rights. These two branches of publishing also allow us to create two very different types of books for, possibly, two very different types of customers. You will have the freedom to choose between either imprint (or have both!). Another reason for creating this imprint is that dealing with and gaining reprint rights from publishers is a long and laborious task. Having a public domain imprint running at the same time will allow us to publish titles more consistently.

Lyra’s Classics publishes only Numbered and Lettered editions; there will be no Standard edition. There will be approximately 200-300 Numbered copies, and 26 Lettered copies. The quantity of the Numbered edition may vary from title to title. There will always be 26 of the Lettered edition. The numbers and editions of Lyra’s Press will vary from title to title. There will always be 26 copies of the Lettered edition and a minimum of 150 of the Numbered edition. There may not always be a Standard edition as this will depend on the title. The next title in 2022 (Coraline) consists of 26 Lettered, 200 Numbered and 500 Standard editions.

At the moment it is hard to say. Once we achieve some momentum with commissioning illustrators for future titles we would hope to release at least one a year, of the Classics. Perhaps one a year, if we can, of the Lyra’s Press. Richard is also extremely busy working with other publishers on their projects, so works coming directly from Lyra’s Books may not always be consistent and there might be large breaks between titles.

Rights

General Questions About Rights - What they Mean, and Which Books Have Them

Owning the rights to a Numbered/Lettered book allows a collector to have a window of time to pre-order the next published book with that matching Number/Letter before the public pre-order. This allows collectors to maintain a collection of books all with the same matching limitations, provided they continue to purchase newly published books.

Yes, the two imprints have separately maintained rights tracks. The Classics imprint now has established rights with the owners of The Picture of Dorian Gray; owners of Stardust currently have rights to the next Lyra’s Press book to be published in 2022 (Coraline).

No, not all. The owners of The Picture of Dorian Gray Lettered (all copies) and the Numbered edition (copies 1-150) have rights to privately pre-order the matching letter of the next Classics book. Owners of copies numbered 151+ do not have rights.

Lettered Edition – These copies will all have rights attached to them.

Numbered Editions – Copies 1-150 of the Numbered editions will have rights attached to them. This allows a quantity to be available to the general public while at the same time allowing long-term customers the ability to have matching sets in their collections. Since some copies will always be available via public sale, this approach allows all customers an equal chance at purchasing future publications without feeling the need to buy every single book.

Lettered Edition – These copies will all have rights attached to them. The rights holders of the Lettered Stardust will be offered the Lettered edition of Coraline first.

Numbered Editions – Copies 1-150 of the Numbered edition (formerly ‘Leather’ edition) will have rights attached to them (of 200 total copies). This is an increase of 50 copies that will have rights from Stardust. This allows for more people to purchase copies with rights if they missed out on Stardust.

No. There are no rights for this edition for a couple of reasons – firstly and most importantly, there may not always be a Standard edition. Secondly, this edition will not be numbered in the future, as it was with Stardust. Making an edition of 500 books or more, on top of the Numbered and Lettered editions, is a huge undertaking for our bindery. It is not something we will be able to cope with for every release. The inclusion of this edition will also depend on the title as well as whether we are able to acquire reprint rights from the publisher for this many copies.
No, rights cannot be transferred. Rights are only available if the books were purchased directly from Lyra’s Books. A rights-holder will have rights to the next published book even if they sell the most recent Numbered/Lettered book that has rights attached to it. If a rights holder decides they no longer wish to purchase the next Numbered/Lettered book they have rights to, that Numbered or Lettered book with rights will become available for public sale and be added to the available pool of copies. This rule applies to both Lyra’s Classics and Lyra’s Press titles.

For a couple of reasons. Firstly, we want there always to be copies available for public sale so that everyone gets an opportunity to purchase the books. Locking every Numbered copy into having rights could exclude new and occasional customers. At the same time, we appreciate that a lot of people want to have rights as it allows them less stress with ordering future titles. Hopefully, this way, we cater for as many people as we can and can keep the audience as broad as possible. Secondly, not having all copies tied into rights gives us, the publisher, the flexibility to vary the limitations from title to title – some titles will warrant lower limitations, while for others it will need to be higher.

Classics

Lyra’s Classics Rights
All owners of the most recent Lettered and owners of copies 1-150 of the most recent Numbered edition of the Classics books have rights to a private pre-order for the next book.

By entering a lottery for any copies that have rights but which were not purchased by the owner of the previous book.

Owners of Numbered copies 1-150 have rights to the next Classics book. Owners of copies 151-250 do not have rights to a private pre-order, but of course can always choose to purchase the next book at the public sale where copies will be available (copies numbered 151+ will always be available for public pre-order).

Any available copies of the Lettered edition can only be purchased via a lottery.

Click here to see our rules around the lotteries on the FAQ page

Press

Lyra’s Press Books and Rights
There will be 500 Standard, 200 Numbered and 26 Lettered copies of Coraline.
For Coraline, the 100 rights holders of the Leather edition and 26 rights holders of the Lettered edition of Stardust will have rights to match their respective number or letter. An additional 50 new copies will have rights, for a total of 150 of the Numbered edition. Note: the Standard edition of Stardust does not confer rights to the Standard edition of Coraline. All copies of the Standard edition will always be available for public sale.
First, the rights holders of the 26 Lettered and 100 Leather editions of Stardust will have the opportunity to privately pre-order Coraline. After that period comes to an end any remaining Lettered copies will be sold by lottery. A lottery will also be held for Numbered copies 101-200 and any remaining copies 100 or below not purchased by Stardust Leather owners. There will not be a live pre-order on the site for the Numbered edition. This edition will only be sold by lottery. Successful entries will receive an email the day after the lottery closes. Note: only copies numbered 1-150 will have rights to the next Lyra’s Press book. If you are sent an email to purchase a Numbered copy, you will be informed as to whether this is a rights or non-rights copy. You will then have 48 hours from the timestamp on the email to purchase, or it will be offered to someone else.

For a Numbered or Lettered edition, yes. The Standard edition will be available for public sale on the website as it was with Stardust.

Click here to see our rules around the lotteries on the FAQ page

Due to the relatively small number of copies and anticipated demand, we have decided the fairest way would be a lottery. This gives everyone an equal chance regardless of their location/time zone, responsiveness of the website, and adeptness at filling in their information and checking out. If there are copies remaining after we hold the lottery then they will be added to the shop page when the Standard edition pre-order goes live.

Click here to see our rules around the lotteries on the FAQ page

Yes, or at least as fair as a live pre-order anyway, by way of a number of measures. Existing rights holders cannot enter the lottery for another copy of an edition they already own, and duplicate entries will be removed.

Click here to see our rules around the lotteries on the FAQ page

No, although Numbered and Lettered buyers will be able to purchase one copy of the Standard edition at the time of their other purchase if they wish to do so. This is something that also happened with the sale of Stardust, but this time there will be a ‘one copy per household’ limit in place.

There are no rights in the normal sense for this edition for a couple of reasons – firstly and most importantly, there may not always be a Standard edition. Secondly, this edition will not be numbered in the future, as it was with Stardust so it will be impossible to match numbers. Making an edition of 500 books or more, on top of the Numbered and Lettered editions, is a huge undertaking for our bindery. It is not something we will be able to cope with for every release. The inclusion of this edition will also depend on the title as well as whether we are able to acquire reprint rights from the publisher for this many copies.

Stardust

Questions Raised by the Sale of Stardust
If a rights holder of the Stardust Leather or Lettered edition does not choose to purchase the Numbered or Lettered edition of Coraline respectively, that limitation and its associated rights will be allocated to someone else during a lottery.
No. The rights to Lyra’s Press were passed on to the new owner of Stardust. But do not despair, you can enter a lottery to purchase the next Lyra’s Press book, or purchase the Standard edition during the live pre-order.

Orders

Other Questions Related to Orders
Customers will only be able to purchase one copy of the Lettered and one copy of the Numbered edition.

Customers will only be able to purchase one copy of the Lettered and one copy of the Numbered edition.

If you are already a rights holder, you cannot enter the lottery for another copy of an edition you already have. That is, if you have a Numbered Stardust and no Lettered, you can enter the lottery for the next Lettered Lyra’s Press book. If you have a Lettered and no Numbered, you can enter the lottery for the Numbered.

Lottery entries will be checked against existing rights holders, and duplicate entries will be deleted.

Shortly after the lottery draws to a close, successful entries will receive a confirmation email. In this email you will be informed as to whether your copy carries rights or not.
If you request it, we will endeavour to match numbers to the best of our abilities within the specific imprint, although this may not always be possible. For example, if you were to buy a non-rights copy (151+) of one title, but get a rights copy (1-150) of the next title in the lottery, we would not be able to match that number as all rights copies are numbered under 151.

Lotteries

How the Lottery system works, and why
  • For each and every lottery we hold on the website, whether it be for Lyra’s Press or Lyra’s Classics, there will be a strictly ‘one entry per household’ rule for each individual lottery.
  • If there is a lottery for the Numbered and Lettered editions at the same time, customers may enter both with one entry per lottery.
  • Anyone found to have made multiple entries in a single lottery will have all entries deleted and will be banned from that particular lottery.
  • Anyone who makes repeated multiple entries across future lotteries will be banned from entering all future lotteries.
  • Please only enter a lottery if you have the means to purchase the book.
  • You are not eligible to enter a lottery if you are already a rights holder for that particular Numbered or Lettered edition, in that particular imprint.

 

All of these rules are in place in order to ensure everyone has an equal chance.

If you are successful with your lottery entry, we will send a notification email (usually the day after the lottery ends) informing you as to whether your copy is a rights or non-rights copy. We will then ask if you wish to proceed with your order and invoice you.
For a Numbered or Lettered edition, yes. The Standard edition will be available for public sale on the website as it was with Stardust.
Due to the relatively small number of copies and anticipated demand, we have decided the fairest way would be a lottery. This gives everyone an equal chance regardless of their location/time zone, responsiveness of the website, and adeptness at filling in their information and checking out. If there are copies remaining after we hold the lottery then they will be added to the shop page when the Standard edition pre-order goes live or, in the case of the Classics imprint, shortly after the lottery period.
Yes, or at least as fair as a live pre-order anyway, by way of a number of measures. Existing rights holders cannot enter the lottery for another copy of an edition they already own, and duplicate entries will be removed.