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Steve posts on 11/18/2011 2:19:14 PM Wonderful news, all you Kin Platt fans. F&W Media, a hundred-year-old publishing house based in Ohio, will be publishing eBook versions of all of Kin's previously published adult mystery titles. Included are: The Pushbutton Butterfly,The Kissing Gourami, The Princess Stakes Murder, The Giant Kill, Match Point for Murder, The Body Beautiful Murder,The Screwball King Murder, Dead as They Come, and Murder in Rosslare. These books also will be available as P-O-D hardcovers. The eBooks will be created in formats for Kindle, Nook and Kobo.
Chris Platt posts on 9/2/2011 3:06:43 PM Hi Laurence, It is hard to tell what show the caricature is from without my seeing it, but, if I had to guess, I would say it was from There's A Girl in My Soup (1968, I think). At that time, my father was doing theatrical caricatures for the Village Voice, and YOUR father had taken over some role in that play. It is also possible that the artwork is from one of the TV shows your father was in during the 60s, which were filmed in NYC. Can you send me a picture of it to my email address which you can find online?
Laurence Hugo Jr. posts on 9/2/2011 2:14:17 PM I've recently been given a pen/ink drawing of my father by Kin Platt and am trying to get info about when and what show (dad was a N.Y. actor)it might be from.Any info would be appreciated.Thanking you in advance,Laurence Hugo

Chris Platt posts on 7/16/2011 11:32:07 PM Hi Cynthia, welcome to the board. I think the best way for you to have your answer about the pathetic paperback version is to have your own copy of the unabridged hardcover edition. Give me your email address -- or just post it on the Kin Platt Facebook page -- and I'll ask you via email for your snailmail address to send you a copy.
Cynthia posts on 7/16/2011 11:03:19 PM Does anyone have a hardcover copy of "The Blue Man"? I have a paperback and in Chapter 23, a few pages before the end of the chapter, there is a misprint and I would really love to know what Kin Platt really wrote, as opposed to guessing at it. Here is the text, starting with the sentence that starts the paragraph the misprint is in. The next sentence is the misprint: "Well that was pretty good news at that. okay and it looked all lit up like there was a big party going on or something." As you can see, the second "sentence" isn't capitalized and it looks like it might've said something like "We got there okay and it looked all lit up like there was a big party going on or something." But I'd really like to know what it actually said. My paperback is so badly beat up it wouldn't hurt anything to just make a small note on the page.
Chris Platt posts on 3/11/2011 10:15:35 AM Hi Dave, Thanks for the tip on Project Gutenberg. Our hope, still, is to somehow, someday, make some money on the treasure-trove of Kin Platt books. Gutenberg creates and distributes eBooks free-of-charge, mostly those whose copyrights have expired, but also some where the copyright holder has given them permission. We may eventually offer that permission to Gutenberg for some of the titles we believe have no commercial potential (right now, sadly, that appears to be ALL of them), so, as you suggest, they can at least find their way back into the public eye.
Dave posts on 3/9/2011 3:55:47 AM Chris, I don't know what your ultimate goals are, nor the standings of any copyrights. This probably won't help if you're looking at commercial options, but if you wish to make the book available to all and can get it into the public domain, there is an organization called Project Gutenberg which works on the scan and proof process mentioned by others here. It may be sonething to check out.
Chris Platt posts on 2/18/2011 1:48:09 PM Hi Dan, you see, this is a good example of the problem. The original was published by Chilton, copyright 1966, and has cover art by Charles Geer. Chilton now publishes just automotive mags, doesn't have anything to do w/traditional publishing anymore. Geer died in 2008. Worse, I believe -- although I have never read the paperback edition cover-to-cover -- that it is an abridged version. So, please don't start working on this one. Thanks again
Dan posts on 2/18/2011 12:50:41 PM My copy is the "First Laurel printing-January 1974" by Dell Publishing Co. I'll scan the pages. Let me know. Dan
Chris Platt posts on 2/17/2011 10:24:05 AM Hi Kathy, Wow! You people are really stepping up. The thing about scanning is that you pretty much HAVE TO take the copy of the book apart, ever-so-gently, and scan a page-at-a-time unless you have an industrial-strength scanner which take a stack of two-sided pages. And, if we had access to one of those, we would probably have access to computer software that could typeset the pages directly for publication. The other thing about each of us typing up portion the book is that we have to be sure we are all working from the same edition. There are abridged and paperback versions still floating around, as well as some published outside the USA, where the pages do not match up.
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