Although the book is self-published, it is a quality product. Not only is it produced in large format, it is printed on heavier than normal paper. I wanted to be sure that readers could write in and highlight in the book without damaging it, and that it would stand up to heavy use. Producing a book this way isn't inexpensive... it costs more to produce, store, and ship a book that weighs one and a half pounds. I didn't produce the book the way that I thought it would make the most money, I produced it the way that I thought it would make the most book.
This 2nd edition could easily demand a substantially higher price than sold for here at Amazon, but I wanted to keep the book as affordable as possible.
The book was professionally edited by an individual who is a professor of English, as well as the President/Editor at Brandylane Publishing in Richmond, Virginia.
I would be happy to do my best to answer any questions that you might have if you email me using the link under my "used and new" listing in The Marketplace.
i decided to just go ahead and lose. I really do think that the book is excellent, but too complex for me.Published 3 months ago by Barbara D. Parker
Finished reading this one. A decent book though a little too slanted toward sandbag strategy for my tastes. Still a number of useful strategy tips. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Valen
Admirable clarity of thought and writing. Strichman makes learning to be a better Spades player a real pleasure, rather than a chore. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ien Cheng
the book gave me a whole new way to approach the game. I thought I knew the game, but this book revealed how little I actually understood the deeper strategy beyond basic card... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by logjam
I'm no sure that "not to lose" is "to win"... But until now I just had a look on the table of contents.Published on January 26, 2013 by A. Haucotte
If you really want to learn how to play Spades, get this book. Even if you just read some of it, your game will improve (as I did). I can't wait to read more and get even better! Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Mars
I've deducted a star for the inadequate description of the book. It's surprising to see all the reviews stating that this is the ONLY book a Spades player will ever need. Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by ShoppingGeek
Being a prison spades style champion (not actually from prison) in South Carolina, I figured that there was no such thing as "how not to lose at spades," man was I wrong. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Joey Land