The strength of the Canadian dollar (or is it the weakness of the American dollar?) has finally reached the American book trade.
I recently bought-in to all the Pearl Jam twentieth-anniversary hype and bought PEARL JAM twenty, the commemorative book. What I found most surprising — other than the realization of just how much these once vehemently anti-capitalist musicians are actually cashing-in on their twenty years as a band — is that the American and Canadian prices are equal!
I wonder how long this has been happening. Perhaps Canadian book publishers were noticing Canadian consumers were heading south to buy their books at a cheaper price, thanks to parity, and complained. Or American publisher noticed their Canadian book sales were down.
Either way, I would like to have been in the board meeting at Simon and Schuster (the publisher of PJ20) when they made that decision. I guess that kind of makes me boring.
Anyway, Happy Anniversary PJ!
Oh, and Lukin is the best song in PJ’s catalogue.
“I’m going to Lukin’s…”