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Urulöké wrote:
I think the foil was removed for this impression - see HarperCollins quote (my emphasis added):

The Companion jacket has been redone in light grey with a red ring – we were never entirely happy with just how dark the original brown and purple jacket turned out – and the three individual books have had their ‘50th Anniversary edition’ strapline removed from the front and the copper foil has been replaced with tasteful colours which tone in with the artwork. It’s a subtle difference, but one that I hope will be regarded as an improvement.


http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... t_id=13612#forumpost13612



Thanks for that - I should have re-read the quoted bits again before asking the question!

My One volume turned up today, 99% undamaged. Slight bump through the cardboard box to the plastic slipcase - but not enough to worry about. I think many, many of these books will be damaged to some degree in the post - they are too heavy for Amazon packaging. The inner cardboard carton is all that saved mine.

The plastic slipcase is much nastier in real life than in the pictures. On the plus side, mine does seem to be a reasonable fit - the book slides in and out without any problem. It just looks absolutely crap. I think the decision to put so much of the text onto the slipcase, rather than on the boards of the book was a poor one by HC, as it means that the slipcase can't be considered as disposable wrapping, even though that is all it is. Definitely not a GBP 60 book - I guess the expected Amazon 40% discount has been built into the RRP.

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Any idea at what impression the spine lettering changed from the gilt to the orange and white coloured printing that can be seen on the 6th impressions?

Posted on: 6/25 23:16:13


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Onónion wrote:
Thanks for the response, Stu, that makes sense. Maybe I should hope they send the wrong item or a damaged copy... :p


They send out so many books that get damaged, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise to anyone...

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Onónion wrote:
I've bought the new LotR 60th anniversary box set on Amazon, but see Bookdepository now has it for €20 less. I tried to cancel my order with Amazon, but they said it was not possible as the package was ready to be dispatched.

If I return the box set, will I get the shipping costs and return shipping costs refunded too?



If you are using a prepaid return label, they will deduct the return shipping costs from your refund as the return is not due to something that is their fault (you have changed your mind). I believe they will also not refund the portion of your initial purchase price that was the shipping component. Makes sense, really - you change your mind, you pay the costs -- otherwise they would be out of pocket and their giant profits that they don't pay any tax on would be reduced...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custome ... ?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200572810

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I will also not look at this book a lot, to avoid breaking the flimsy plastic case


Which defeats the purpose beyond 'collecting for completeness'....

HarperCollins needs to get a decent focus group together to talk about their Tolkien offerings. Obviously, what the "hardcore" collector wants differs from what Joe Average might want, but maybe not by all that much. Most people have a similar eye for what they traditionally think of as quality (robust materials, cloth (not paper), leather, gilt, etc). I don't think *anyone* looks at plastic and considers it to be a quality material, because we all know it often decays quickly and as such, is impermanent. And really, you would think the buyers of a large hardback book would be interested in quality. If not, they would surely just get an e-Book or a paperback and save themselves some money?

I genuinely don't think HarperCollins quite gets it. They are fighting the battle to keep print publishing relevant, so the physical book needs to be pretty damn spiffy (whilst not costing the earth) to be worth someone's money. Especially when there are quite possibly already more copies of the book on the planet than English-speaking people.

They almost get it, sometimes. "The Art of The Hobbit" was the last book that I thought they really did a really nice job on. Everything else has been mediocre at best (not necessarily in design or content, but in terms of sub-par implementation). The Deluxe editions are OK (and I'm glad they were produced), but compare the later volumes to the first printings of the first two volumes and there is no comparison.

I guess, like every other product, it is a race to the bottom, and this is just the world we live in.

Posted on: 6/20 3:13:59



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