As I mentioned in a previous post, the period after agency would involve some weirdness as we all work to iron out our systems. Here is the first manifestation of that. Starting April 3, because of the intricacies of HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster’s state and local tax requirements, the prices of titles from these publishers are “tax included, where applicable”. You can request a receipt which will itemize any taxes charged by sending an email to

Once we have our tax systems upgraded (and a separate building purchased to house them and their legion of grey-suited attendants), we’ll return to displaying a customer price on item pages, with applicable taxes, if any, itemized at time of purchase.

Weird? A bit. A solution only a tax attorney could love? Truly. But the alternative was S&S and Harper removing their titles, which would make us all very sad.