Matching Rights

FAQ regarding our matching rights and designations system

Matching Rights Explained

Here you can find out everything about our matching rights and designations system for our lettered and numbered editions.

PLEASE NOTE: The upcoming titles will always be announced publicly and displayed on our website. Only the access to the matching rights presale might be private or restricted to view only (most likely the latter).

What are “matching rights”?

When you purchase one of our lettered or numbered editions (starting with our 3rd title onward), you also receive the “right” to purchase a matching letter or number (designation) of the next title we publish. This carries onto the next title each time the new book comes out as long as you hold the right.

How do I exercise my right to a designation?

Even though we allow guest checkouts, in order to participate in the matching rights presale, you’ll need to have an account on our web store. If you are a registered owner of the numbered edition, you will be assigned a user role “Benefactor”, and if you are a registered owner of the lettered edition, you will be assigned a user role “Patron”. It is possible to hold both roles if you own both a numbered and a lettered edition. Once the matching rights presale starts you will have three days to purchase the book before it goes on public sale.

What happens if I do not purchase the next title?

If you do not purchase it in given time (three days), your matching right to a designation is automatically relinquished and goes to public sale. You can still get your old designation on public sale if it has not been already sold.

How many copies of your editions will there be?

To simplify things, we decided that from our 3rd title onwards, we’ll produce 26 copies of lettered editions and 260 copies of numbered edition (you can read more about it here). There will also be three and five archive copies respectively for the participants of the project.

Can I purchase both lettered and numbered editions?

Yes, you can, and as mentioned above, you’ll receive both roles of “Benefactor” and “Patron”. However, you can only purchase one of each. Our system will record your username and allow for only one sale per account.

What if I decide to sell my book?

It is entirely up to you will you sell it with or without the matching rights to your designation, but it would be fair to warn the buyer beforehand. Please beware that matching rights are valid only for the latest published title, not the older ones.

What if I purchase a used book later on?

You can still register as the owner of the book, but you will hold no matching rights unless it is the latest book we published and the seller has transferred their rights onto you.

How do I transfer matching rights and designations?

If you are a seller, you need to use this form.

If you are a buyer, you need to use this form.

In order to complete the transfer of matching rights easily and without additional verification, we need to receive both forms.

How do you keep track of the rights?

We have an offline database with names assigned to each letter and number. In the future we might bring it to our website where you’ll be able to (privately) check your registered designations.

How do you plan to apply these rules?

We are not lawyers so these rules were written in good faith. However, we reserve the right to decline the sale for any attempt in finding and abusing loopholes. We also reserve the right to update this system accordingly to close such loopholes.

This also means we are unable to “police” the aftermarket sales of our editions. As much as we’d like that only true collectors and fans of our books own these editions, it’s too much of a slippery slope for mistakes.

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