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Is there such a thing as a book remake?
Like movie remakes… but in books? From my understanding, in a way, there is–Stephen King’s publisher has issued long-form versions of books originally released with substantial edits. I was still reading King when some of these came out, and the two unedited versions I read, both of books I knew well in their original published form, were badly bloated, having benefited greatly from the edits which shortened length and deleted scenes and subplots which did not contribute to the whole.
It’s unlikely to happen often, though. Most authors’ edited work is pretty close to the original they turned in. The author (or his/her heirs) own the rights to their books for 70 years after death, so it’s not like another author can write a brilliant update without violating copyright.