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"Deluxe" Sketchooks

Nov 27

Seller: books-on-a-budget (1673)
Ended Nov 28, 2019
Buy-It-Now:
£75.00
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Nov 30
Dec 2

Urulókë wrote:

I went ahead and ordered the boxed set today (from Book Depository this time, as they have done acceptably in the past for me with packaging and customer service). I never got the sketchbooks separately so this seems like a nicely packaged opportunity to get both and a pretty slipcase.

And... Book Depository refunded my order stating
We're sorry to let you know we are unable to fulfill your order of the below items, and have issued a refund. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Dec 2
That's a shame. Amazon still claims to have it in stock. Full RRP though.
Dec 3
Received my Alan Lee Sketchbooks and I am very underwhelmed. The slip is awful, dreadful quality, again HarperCollins demonstrate that deluxe is something they have no clue about. The build quality is the worst I have seen for a slip in many a year. The edges are so poorly that the boards move when the set is handled.

Then add the fact that the blurb that should be on a separate sheet is printed on the back of the 'deluxe' slipcase and the exercise in 'take your money for minimal effort' is complete.

Awful product. Shame on HarperCollins.
Dec 3
Well, now I am not unhappy at all that my order was cancelled! Anyone else have a copy and a different opinion? Perhaps onthetrail just got a bad copy...?

Also I found my first impression of the Lord of the Rings Sketchbook, so I will probably just pick up a copy of The Hobbit Sketchbook instead of the slipcased pair.
Dec 3

Urulókë wrote:
Also I found my first impression of the Lord of the Rings Sketchbook, so I will probably just pick up a copy of The Hobbit Sketchbook instead of the slipcased pair.
You probably have a rare unsigned "first impression of the Lord of the Rings Sketchbook"

I had a rare unsigned "first impression of the Lord of the Rings Sketchbook until last week, when Alan Lee signed it for me 😢😢😢
Dec 3
Looking further at the slipcase it really is a badly designed and executed product. The books are actually pleasantly nice, a far cry from their outer though.

The construction uses boards covered with the the outer paper but the boards are not aligned to edges and have air pockets where the triangular effect is created. It is just poor design and is already ripping, which I think will happen on all of them over time given the design.

Then the rear, the blurb that is on websites, the barcode and the price. On the rear of a 'deluxe' slipcase? Nothing screams deluxe like a price on can't remove. HarperCollins should hang their heads. They are not fit to publish a train timetable, never mind a 'deluxe' book.

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Dec 3

onthetrail wrote:
Looking further at the slipcase it really is a badly designed and executed product. The books are actually pleasantly nice, a far cry from their outer though.

The construction uses boards covered with the the outer paper but the boards are not aligned to edges and have air pockets where the triangular effect is created. It is just poor design and is already ripping, which I think will happen on all of them over time given the design.

Then the rear, the blurb that is on websites, the barcode and the price. On the rear of a 'deluxe' slipcase? Nothing screams deluxe like a price on can't remove. HarperCollins should hang their heads. They are not fit to publish a train timetable, never mind a 'deluxe' book.

Yep, that slipcase looks pretty nasty. Looked OK from the front in the video posted earlier. At least the books are OK, but seems like a lot of money for books which are covered with material that a few years back would have just been counted as "completely normal", given that the slipcase is a turkey.
Dec 3
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Stu wrote:
Yep, that slipcase looks pretty nasty. Looked OK from the front in the video posted earlier. At least the books are OK, but seems like a lot of money for books which are covered with material that a few years back would have just been counted as "completely normal".

It did look OK from that video and again I will admit I like the books themselves so not all is lost, but I would be no worse off if I had just opted cheap and bought the standard Hobbit sketchbook to match the Rings one.
Dec 3
Trotter: (sorry dunno how to do the 'quote reply' here) It is a first impression, however published by Houghton Mifflin, not HarperCollins. Living in Canada, we get a mix of UK and US editions, depending on the author. With Tolkien, it's MOSTLY HarperCollins however there have been a few Houghton Mifflin titles we've received.

In fact, my editions of The Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, The Fall of Gondolin and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, despite being HarperCollins editions, and featuring the exact same ISBNs, were actually printed in the US!!
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