No doubt a number of you are shocked/surprised/disappointed/satisfied that Pix’N Love have recently announced the collector’s edition of “The History of Sonic the Hedgehog.” Not only is it being presented at an attractive price point, only 1,000 of these are being made and distributed solely from Pix’N Love’s site. With this surprising news, it definitely warranted additional information about it. We reached out to their support e-mail who kindly shed some light on this release. This book turned out to be one of the biggest projects to date for the French based publisher. You can check out their response after the jump.
“Our goal was to give something exclusive and “rare” to the Sonic’s Fans [sic] around the world. This is the reason, we decided to print only 1.000 copies and not one more. We knew the potential of this book is much higher!” the support representative for Pix’N Love told Retro, “We wanted to offer to our overseas readers something that can not be found anywhere else. This is why, we decided to make this Collector’s Edition.”
Being a French based publisher comprised of a small staff, their efforts are commendable for wanting to put out their works worldwide and for documenting a history that is in some cases otherwise ignored through print. All of the books distributed by Pix’N Love, especially on their website, can be shipped worldwide. The History of Sonic however brought them a greater step forward in terms of distribution as this is also the first book from the Pix’N Love line that saw dedicated distribution in a number of other territories, including America. “We have licensed the French version to UDON so, The French and the english version[s] are similar,” the representative said.
Because they are based in France they have to outsource their translation projects. Usually their English translations are brought over with British English, as seen in their previously released titles such as “The History of Nintendo Vol. 1“. For the Sonic book they enlisted the help of Canadian based UDON Entertainment to handle not only the distribution but the English translation as well. “Udon made the translation of the book, this is why the English is more American than [British].”
This likely means that any copy of the book ordered in English, standard or collector’s edition, will retain the American English. The only real difference from the two versions of the book will come from the cover alone. The representative said “The Collector’s Edition is exclusive to Pix’N Love. The cover is different, more [luxurious] and all the copies are numbered that add to the book an exclusive pattern.”
If you haven’t picked it up already, or if you want it to shine on your bookshelf, heck even if you have an interest and you’re reading this, you don’t have much time to pick up this book. Again, their website also ships internationally, so you’re only competing with the whole of the Earth’s population after all.