"Other" binding, the lisitng says. Evidently this means that we can expect more of the sorry, pitiful production values brought to us by the first titles in the Essentials line. I don't know about anyone else, but for myself, after spending the vast majority of my disposable income on this game for well over 10 years, I feel that I should be able to expect the production values to IMPROVE rather than dwindling almost to the point of vanishing. WIZARDS OTC -- YOU SU**!!
I feel your pain..... I noticed this as well, they are putting out these cheap ass paperbacks with maps and tokens, replaced the miniatures and charge almost as much as the hardbacks use to cost. I would rather have my hardbacks and miniatures back instead, I have not bought one thing in the essentials line since they stopped making the 4e hardbacks, its just about pushed me over the edge to dump them.