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Old 09-21-10, 02:36 AM
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How would you rate the quality of SFBC hardbacks?

I'm sure for the price they aren't as good as full-price hardbacks, but since few of the full-price/size ones are printed (or at least claim such on the title page) on acid-free paper anymore and many are too cheap to have quality sewn bindings why pay extra?
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They're horrible. Their pages are made of see-through paper.
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Re: How would you rate the quality of SFBC hardbacks?

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They're horrible. Their pages are made of see-through paper.
So even lower quality than a mass-market paperback?
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Re: How would you rate the quality of SFBC hardbacks?

Yes.
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Re: How would you rate the quality of SFBC hardbacks?

Haven't been a member of the SFBC in many years, but I found the quality of their books to be... sort of okay.

A couple of things... as mentioned above, the paper does tend to be on the thin side, and the printing was occasionally a little pale on some books. The binding doesn't look to be as good as store-bought hardcovers, either. Looks to be glued (like a trade paperback) instead of sewn. I've never had one fall apart on me, and the bindings seem to have held up over the years, so there's that.

The dust jackets are also printed on thin paper, and not the thick paper that regular books have. Also, if you're overly concerned about the condition of your books, the dust jackets will also sometimes arrive with tears, scuffs, or creases in them.

Also, it should be noted that all SFBC books are of a standard size, so they're frequently smaller (and thinner) than their non-book club editions.
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Re: How would you rate the quality of SFBC hardbacks?

Now that I know about the thinness of the paper, I see how they are able to fit 2 or even 3 novels into a single Omnibus edition.
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Re: How would you rate the quality of SFBC hardbacks?

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Also, if you're overly concerned about the condition of your books, the dust jackets will also sometimes arrive with tears, scuffs, or creases in them.
Will they replace them if they do? If I'm buying a supposedly new book I definitely don't want any tears, scuffs, or creases.
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Re: How would you rate the quality of SFBC hardbacks?

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Will they replace them if they do? If I'm buying a supposedly new book I definitely don't want any tears, scuffs, or creases.
Unknown. I never tried to replace any.

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