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Re: Book Repair Info
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I believe the correct approach is to simply remove the page. Wait, with that level of dishonesty, I could become a book dealer.

Actually, if you do look at the pictures from one of the more prominent dealers, you do often see a lot of little bits of eraser residue where things have been "tidied up"... Unfortunately it does tend to leave a shiny finish in areas that otherwise would have been flat, so it a naughty practice.

Posted on: 2016/11/26 16:44


Re: New Book Releases
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I'm interested to get the views of anyone who has read the "official" version of Aotrou and Itroun, and also the Serbian/English version.

So far, my feeling is that the Serbian/English version is a far more enjoyable read. The HarperCollins version is - as usual with the official books - overburdened with dry padding. Do I really need a footnote to tell me what a Phial is or what Reave means? Really? Do we have to footnote commonly known words, now?

The HarperCollins release also has the Corrigan Poems, of course, so it is worth having both. If I only had to have one, it would be the Serbian edition (with its sometimes clumsy English).

One of these books is a product, and the other is a labour of love. They are both worth having, mind.

Posted on: 2016/11/26 16:35


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ROFL.

Posted on: 2016/11/25 19:46


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Morinehtar wrote:

Stu wrote:
I'm sure it does depend on your local postal operators, though -- my rural NZ post contractor is pretty good (and a nice guy, to boot).


Surely this is part of the problem. Disgruntled underpaid and overworked post workers in my area throw stuff around, don't knock on doors and leave packages out in the open rather than a few inches further ahead under the roof (so you know what happens if it rains). I cannot change the sociopolitical situation but I've learned to either buy second-hand and customize shipping or return to Amazon and BD several times until one copy arrives undamaged by lucky chance.



Yeah, local situation must have a huge impact. Where I am, the same guy (an independent contractor) covers our area for courier post (NZ Post), Fedex, DHL, etc. I think it makes a difference when you know your post guy to say hello to (and it is the same guy for many years). It is only one leg of the journey, but that's one less leg for things to be tossed around uncaringly.

Posted on: 2016/11/24 14:11


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I suspect with BD, if you have ordered lots of books from over the years, without any problems, they are more trusting. I've actually been very lucky with the post and have not had many damaged books.

I provided a link to my Google drive with photos for each of my last two problem books (Kullervo deluxe - misbind) and this one, but I don't know if they looked at them. I think the only other book I have ever had refunded/replaced by BD was the Child's World Oliphaunt, which didn't turn up -- until a couple of months after being posted. Mind you, I was glad that one DID turn up in the end as it was withdrawn from sale, and is extremely rare!

I wish BD did use better packaging, but my experience is definitely that it - surprisingly - usually is good enough. I'm sure it does depend on your local postal operators, though -- my rural NZ post contractor is pretty good (and a nice guy, to boot).

Posted on: 2016/11/24 13:26



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