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Urulöké wrote:
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That's....... not acceptable. By any definition I can think of.


'Acceptable' is such a silly term for eBay to have forced on book buyers. What is acceptable to one person might be completely unacceptable to someone else. It really is meaningless. Reading between the lines, the term usually seems to be used to mean 'knackered'.

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I'm pretty sure you could still buy this new from Tolkien.co.uk until fairly recently (I'm referring to the Alan Lee signed version limited to 500 copies with the different information sheet, but otherwise identical to the non-signed one). They took a LONG time to sell.

I can't image that anyone would ever pay $500 for it (but if anyone wants to, I have a spare one in a box )

Posted on: 6/17 1:53:07


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Urulöké wrote:
I get the feeling that consistency is not a high priority for any publisher, unless the new book is part of a multi-volume set.

I also think that the designer here is not the same person as on the others (just a hunch) and they of course want to show some individuality and contribution to the design.

Plus now when they come out with a matching style, people like us will be "forced" to collect that as well because they look so much nicer together on the shelf!



Yeah, I know what you are saying. For me, all they needed to do was put "J.R.R. Tolkien" on the spine instead of "TOLKIEN" and it would have been a relatively good match to the previous two. It isn't like there was a massive amount of creative freedom for the designer here anyway - It really is drag-and-drop design. The fonts would pretty much have been dictated, as would the front illustration, so beyond the overall colour which was probably decided by a committee (), the layout of the spine is about the only thing that had much in the way of potential choice. And that's the only thing that I think lets it down!

As a software engineer that has worked on a couple of relatively giant projects, I'm obsessed by uniformity and consistency as that is what makes life easy for users (without having to continuously roll out extra training). Graphic designers are usually obsessed with "new" and "different", which is why every new release of every new major Operating System is a little bit more of a visual mess than the previous release (iOS and OSX being prime examples of this phenomenon).

That said, overall, I like the jacket :)

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Only $490 too expensive.

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It is a nice cover, but it is a pity that "matching the style of the previous two releases" didn't rate highly on anyone's agenda. It would have been very easy to have produced a cover that stylistically matched FoA and S&G, without having to change any colours or art. Other than the Deluxe editions, HC does seem to struggle with consistent styling for more than a couple of books.

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