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Warning about the hardcover edition
on March 24, 2014
The rating is for the binding, not the content. I paid the *$58* for the hardcover edition, because I collect books, I value quality bindings, and I reread my books. (But, then again, what reader of DFW's works *doesn't* reread him?). I foolishly assumed that the extremely high price for this slim volume was at least partially due to the high cost of a small production run of a well-bound book from a respected University press. Silly me.
You literally cannot open the book without cracking it open like a walnut. The book will not stay open unless you place a heavy object on it (I suggest a boulder). Picture a mass-market paperback, but with less flexible glue. A more trivial issue (but indicative of the publisher's attitude toward quality): rather than a cloth binding with a dust jacket, the book cover is plastic-coated cardboard, like--well, remember those books that used to be published for the remainder table at Crown Books? With public-domain titles like "Well-Loved Sherlock Holmes Stories"? Like that. I know that University presses are accustomed to charging the Weimar Germany-level prices typical of today's college textbooks, but could they not have devoted a few pennies of that money to producing a decent quality product?