The Snow Leopard
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Article referencing Folio Society edition in last week’s Guardian
I am looking forward to receiving my copy, as this is a travel book I have always meant to read.
Hi all, this is my first post in this forum. Has anyone here bought this book? The Snow Leopard is one of my favorite books and I’m contemplating rereading it soon. I’m wondering if this edition is worth buying. The price here in the US is 2.5 times as expensive as the normal hardcover version.
Also, what are the odds that it will be included in a sale any time soon?
It's a very nice edition, I think the cover looks great and it's their general good quality with regard to paper etc. But I bought it on ebay for less than FS are charging UK members, let alone people in the rest of the world. With a bit of patience you can usually find good offers elsewhere.
Welcome to FSD. Enjoy the ride to buying more FS books.
Snow Leopard is a beautiful book, superbly presented, as are nearly all FS books. As a result, they are also significantly more expensive than a standard book. Its like buying a Mercedes instead of a Ford, both get you where you want to go, but one is more pleasureable than the other.
>3 pizarrony: Welcome!
The Snow Leopard is a very recent release from 2018, so it won't be in a sale in the next couple of years. And there are no guarantees it will ever be discounted significantly, if ever. Waiting for sales is a risky business with Folios, as well as relying on the secondary market - I respectfully disagree with >4 SF-72: in that I think it depends on a book. It is usually easy to find more popular and especially older books for a good price on the secondary market, but when it comes to recent books it's not always the case. Sometimes you get lucky, but I wouldn't bet on it. I honestly think that when it comes to Folios, if you really, really want a book - just buy it to avoid regrets later on.
"The price here in the US is 2.5 times as expensive as the normal hardcover version."
I suspect you don't own any Folios yet :)
At the end of 2014 I was in a similar situation: I wanted a hardcover of Storm of Steel, and the only edition in print was Folio's. Just like you, I was a bit taken aback by the high price relative to regular books and was wondering if it was worth it. Fortunately, I was living in London at the time, so I went to their shop to check the book. I left with Storm of Steel, a few other books, and faddiction. Now, 4 years and 340 Folios (and dozens of other Fine Press books) later, I have no regrets :)
A regular Folio book is so much better than your standard American hardcover affair. Pages are sewn, not glued, so won't fall off after a bit of reading. The quality of binding and materials is much higher. You can open a book flat without breaking the spine. Paper is better quality. Typesetting is usually crisp, clear, and pleasant to the eye. They're very much into design of bindings, illustrations, etc. Even regular Folios like The Snow Leopard are in a different league from regular hardcovers. Totally worth the price premium.
And I know the price might look steep for a book, but what are you risking, really? It's just a price of a dinner or a few drinks. A beautiful book for a price of just another restaurant outing sounds like a very good deal to me :)
P.S. And they have am annual New Year Sale still going, so you might even add one or two of the cheapest books to your order if there is any interest to dilute the average book price. Looking at the cheapest sale books, The Drowned World and The Gastronomical Me are really nicely made/designed books for only $17.45 and $16.15 respectively (I own both).
>6 elladan0891: Enablement at its finest. And yes, I've been at it for 30 years without regrets. While I don't have The Snow Leopard, I can't dissuade anyone interested in it from purchasing the FS edition. They really are a step (or more) above.
Thanks all for the feedback, it looks like this edition of The Snow Leopard is the one I've been hoping for. Incidentally, I'm in the process of ordering books directly from the Folio Society for the very first time and I'm finding it extremely difficult to keep myself from blowing my entire budget all at once. There is also the Taschen sale coming up!
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