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Re: New Book Releases
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remy wrote:
Though Amazon now own them, apparantely they are pretty much allowed to operate independently as they always did.


They are clearly not operating independently, as overall, they are nowhere near as cheap as they used to be a year or so back, except on a handful of selected loss-leader items (e.g this copy of the Hobbit which is only AUD 7.99).

Their imaginary "RRP" (including postage) in Australia is quite often just the same price as going to a physical book store these days. Also, since the merger, the free shipping to Australia with Amazon for orders over 25 pounds has also gone, so the delivered prices between the two are much of a muchness. It is also worth noting that their "Free Shipping" is no such thing. If they were more honest, their prices would be advertised as "Inclusive of Shipping", given that the price you pay is completely different depending on the IP address you use to create your order. In Australia, for instance, you will be quoted a higher RRP (often a completely fictitious number) and a higher overall price. Now that isn't "Free Shipping" at all.

I'm actually trying to buy some books locally to try and keep the real stores alive a bit longer, as once there is no competition, there won't be any cheap books....

Posted on: 2012/11/8 5:10


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Trotter wrote:
It appears that Tolkien is becoming very popular at the moment and quite a few new releases of The Hobbit from HarperCollins are available. I also noticed a new release of the paperback 7 volume box-set Lord of the Rings and a new hardback The ‘Father Christmas’ Letters.

The Hobbit

Some new paperbacks, covers shown here (http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=1965&forum=9), nothing of note in these.

A new hardback Collector's edition has also been released, and I really like this copy, it looks like a lot of work has gone into the cloth design for the cover and the book is very well produced.

It is missing some of Tolkiens's illustrations which I'd like to seen included, so I can not give it full marks.

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Beren has an article about it.

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/1 ... in-gets-amazing-cover.php

Lord of the Rings 7 volume paperback box-set

I am struggling to see much of a difference with this set from 2001, so nothing much of note

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=83920

The ‘Father Christmas’ Letters

The new hardback is described by Wayne and Christina on their blog.

http://wayneandchristina.wordpress.co ... ther-christmas-letters-4/

An excellent writeup as usual



I picked up the "Letters from Father Christmas" at the weekend in Melbourne (thought I would give some money to a Bricks and Mortar store for a change). It is nice in that matches the recent "Mr Bliss". Notable that the copyright page mistakenly lists it as "This Paperback Edition", and that there is no indication of who printed it.

Stu

Posted on: 2012/11/7 15:42


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Trotter wrote:
They are not scarse(sic) anymore in the UK.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/J-R-R-TOLKI ... ks_UK&hash=item564dc6a2c2





Italian Adjective
scarso m (f scarsa, m plural scarsi, f plural scarse)
scarce, scanty, scant, poor, little, limited, short
feeble, weak
light (wind)

Posted on: 2012/10/21 15:50


Re: _Fall of Arthur_ in 2013?
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If they did an SD with 50 or 100 copies, it would sell. Whether the economics are there for such low volume production is another matter entirely.

Posted on: 2012/10/8 15:21


Re: Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun SuperDuluxe - Warning re storage
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OK, I fixed it. The existing glue can easily be cut by gently prizing the the tray from the outer clam and carefully cutting the stretched glue with a sharp kitchen knife. It comes away quite easily, but the glue remains amazingly tacky and elastic and will re-bond if the two sides come back into contact. The underside of the tray (that you can't normally see) is completely coated with leather and then glued to the clam using a square bead of adhesive with a single vertical line of additional adhesive running down the centre. The adhesive is a kind of thick clear mastic that is totally unsuitable for the task!

I simply added some double-sided tape and stuck the tray back in the right place (needs care to get it just right so it opens and closes correctly). The existing glue remains very sticky and re-bonds immediately. I hope the tape will just provide the additional support to keep it all in the right place, given the stretchiness of the existing glue.

If not, I'll be rolling out the epoxy!

Posted on: 2012/10/8 4:33



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