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Re: New Book Releases
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onthetrail wrote:
My word Stu that is dreadful damage,

I had TLoAaI from Amazon UK and it was damaged due to lack of care in the packaging. I ordered a replacement which arrived unscathed but again poorly packed. Amazon seem to have stopped using dedicated book mailers from the UK, certainly for all my orders anyway. Amazon Germany still use them.


It was in one of Book Depository's thin card envelopes and one end was totally crushed. The thick cardboard ones that they use on heavier books hold up so much better. At least with BD, they don't quibble about sending replacements, though, and there is no messing about having to return the knackered copy.

I have attacked it with an iron and got it to the point is is fairly flat and perfectly readable, so at least I have a reading copy to be going on with until a (hopefully) undamaged copy arrives.

Posted on: 11/24 2:25:42


Re: New Book Releases
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My run of good luck in shipping comes to an end...

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Re: Tolkien Treasury
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Morinehtar wrote:

Berelach wrote:
They're not too bad... I notice nothing like the reports from the deluxe Kullervo. The paper and jacket seem a bit more lightweight and I notice some other very minor cost-cutting changes. I wouldn't have noticed anything without having compared them side by side.


I guess that is what they count on when switching to a Chinese printer. Lowering the quality and cutting costs in a way that is unnoticeable unless you do a side-by-side comparison. The problem is that often the Chinese prints turn out to be much worse than the originals.

In this case they did ok. I own this set and don't have any issues with it (aside from the fact that I would have preferred regular-sized versions, but that's not their fault).


One of my issues with the practice is that people will post reviews based on the first print and then others make buying decisions on that -- and end up getting a poorer product than they thought they would get. I guess a positive with the move to the first prints being Chinese is that when they turn out to rubbish (e.g. Kullervo), at least the reviews will generally be poor, so no one gets led astray by the bait and switch that HarperCollins has been indulging in thus far.

I didn't get a response to my (polite) email to HarperCollins describing the problems with Kullervo.

Posted on: 11/22 21:44:27


Re: Tolkien Treasury
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Quality OK? That's the same printers as the disastrous Kullervo Deluxe. To be honest, the quality of the Clays pocket editions is nothing to write home about.

Posted on: 11/20 21:50:17


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Berelach wrote:
Does anyone happen to know what the earliest impressions included in this boxed-set were?

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I have Bombadil (6th), Giles (3rd), Roverandom (5th), and Smith (2nd) in mine, but I'm guessing there were earlier impressions in the first release.


I opted not to bother with it, but it wasn't realeased until a long time after the individual books were released, so quite possible your set represents the first state of it (as a set), especially as Smith is only 2nd.

Are those later prints all still by Clays?

Posted on: 11/20 15:57:12



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