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Edited: Apr 4, 2012, 4:02pm Top

25 Free sets to chose from:

America's First Great Leaders
The Arthur Trilogy
The Aubrey-Maturin Series
Beatrix Potter™ - the Complete Tales
The Campaigns of Napoleon
The Desert War Trilogy
The Adventures of the Five Children
The Adventures of the Treasure Seekers
Elizabeth David: Mediterranean and Italian Food
Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives
The Gormenghast Trilogy
The History of Rome in Painting
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
The Mapp and Lucia Novels
Pagans and Christians
Pax Britannica
Plutarch: Lives
Rainbow Fairy Books
The Richard Dawkins Collection
Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
The Times World Atlas Collection
The Complete Pictorial Guides
The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh
John Wyndham: Three Novels

Free gift is the Folio Notecards. No indication of how many books to buy to qualify, but on one order on the Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives required 5 books.

Apr 4, 2012, 4:08pm Top

Where do you see the 25 free sets? All I see are a list of books on sale. I get a free mug, that I already have, with my order.

Apr 4, 2012, 4:10pm Top

As we discussed in the other topic, it seems like some people are seeing something that looks more like the Winter Sale than the Spring one...

Apr 4, 2012, 4:25pm Top

>1 ironjaw:

Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives is 4 books .

On the right side of each sets, somewhere above the "add to basket" button , there is a "Free where you buy xx books" icon.

Apr 4, 2012, 4:27pm Top

>1 ironjaw:

If you tried to use O'Brian novels, it will be 5 books because one of them is coming up as free -- and then it does not count as one of the 4. Other from that - it only requires 4.

Apr 4, 2012, 4:39pm Top

>3 AnnieMod: it does not "look" like the Winter Sale, it IS the Winter Sale.

Apr 4, 2012, 4:44pm Top

So maybe it is just the site being quirky? Or Folio trying something weird...

Apr 4, 2012, 4:52pm Top

>7 AnnieMod:

It's not a quirk. Folio is trying something new (and only enraging me in the process).

Don't just take my word for it:

I've stored the Winter Sale (left). The current sale being offered me is exactly the same (right) - with the exception of Arabian Sands, which has sold out. The books and pricing are exactly the same, with the layout a bit different. The only changes: Books that sold out are NOT available (Arabian Sands, The Lost World, and more), and of course, the free mug is added to every order with this sale option.

I purchased during the Winter Sale, and I am not pleased with this turn of events. I'll wait to see what Folio says about my request to switch me over to the free set sale.

Apr 4, 2012, 5:57pm Top

As well as the Spring (free set) sale, I see free notecards:

The Folio Notecards Set includes 16 notecards and presented in a delightful cloth-covered box.

The cards bear four different illustrations from popular Folio books:

Dan Haskins captured the heat of the Spanish sun for Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning.

Lyndon Hayes created this evocative image for ‘Folie à Deux’, published in Beyond the Pale and Other Stories by William Trevor.

Award-winning artist Laura Carlin’s impressionistic style is a perfect accompaniment to the classic children’s novel Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper.

The whimsy of John Masefield's classic children’s fantasy The Midnight Folk is brought to life by Sara Ogilvie’s playful illustration.

Apr 4, 2012, 6:36pm Top

I see some sets I'd like to have, but none that are in my must buy category. Which is probably good since I just ordered four more O'Brian books and my checkbook could use a break.

Apr 4, 2012, 6:42pm Top

>10 maurice:

I am planning to get 5 O'Brians - one of them comes free from the 4 for 3, the 5th is there to allow me to get a free set that requires 4 books.

Apr 4, 2012, 8:15pm Top

As I have been putting my order together, I've noticed that the Holy Bible and Defoe's Tour count as two volumes each towards a set.

Apr 4, 2012, 8:37pm Top

>12 brother_salvatore:

Beowulf also counts as two volumes

Apr 4, 2012, 8:41pm Top

I am rather angry right now. I've been hanging out for the Spring Sale and would certainly purchase a number of books as a few of those sets really interest me. But I'm only getting the Winter Sale style Sale. I'm going to email them to see if I can have this changed because I probably won't be buying if it stays this way. So frustrating!

Apr 4, 2012, 11:23pm Top

I am rather disappointed. Have been waiting for this sale and even deliberately avoided purchasing several books with the 20% voucher since I figured I would need some full priced books for the free sets. There isn't a single set that I do not already own that I want. This sale is completely wasted on me. Guess I'll just have to wait for summer.

Apr 4, 2012, 11:23pm Top

I emailed them so hopefully I get a reply soon. I requested that they change my offer to the sets. I wonder what the likelihood is of that actually happening?

I had a better look through the sale that I'm offered and there is absolutely nothing that jumps out at me. If I get the sets offer then there's over $400 worth of books that I'll happily pay full price for in order to get either the Wyndham novels, the Dawkins set or the Rainbow Fairy Books.

I am not exactly the wealthiest reader around so I can only justify buying expensive luxury items such as folio books when I know I'm getting a really good deal.

Apr 4, 2012, 11:50pm Top

Does anyone have a 20% discount code that works with this? Yesterday when I looked at the site I had what I remember as FSDI20 but that doesn't work, I only saw it online and there was no mention of an expiry date.

Apr 4, 2012, 11:52pm Top

I think that it expired at the moment when the new Sale showed up.

Apr 5, 2012, 7:29am Top

It's working now for the free sets. Thanks Kate G. at the Folio Society for fixing this :)

Apr 5, 2012, 10:29am Top

Well, I think I might have over did it for myself, but I could resist.

Free sets I got:
Plutarch: Lives
The History of Rome in Painting
The Complete Pictorial Guides

I won't bore you with the qualifiying books I got, but that actually was the harder part. I think I would have picked up 2 more sets (Pagans and Christians, Gormenghast), if there was a larger selection of qualifing books. But it's probably for the best at this point. I'll save to see what other sets might get added in a month or so. Hopefully Chekhov.

Edited: Apr 5, 2012, 12:38pm Top

> 20

Good selections, brother_salvatore! I agree with you that the hardest part is choosing the qualifying books. Of the sets offered I'm rather inclined towards the John Wyndham but I'm going to wait. Somewhat dissappointed with this sale...

Apr 5, 2012, 11:57am Top

I know in the past other sets were added to the sale, but does anyone remember if qualifying books were added? It seems like about 5 years ago when I joined, all the books qualified but I could be wrong about that.

Apr 5, 2012, 11:58am Top

>22 natashaslove:

Yep - there had been qualifying books at least in the last years...

Apr 5, 2012, 11:59am Top

I went with the Elizabeth David cookbooks and choose "First Love" and "The Trial" as the qualifiers.

Looking forward to them all

Apr 5, 2012, 12:13pm Top

Yesterday I put books in the basket to calculate the total, with the coupon (didn't place the order), and today I wanted to see whether the 20% off is still usable (haven't used it before)--now it tells me BOTH voucher codes "don't appear to be valid".

Anyone else seeing this? Apparently it's not a good idea to enter the discounts until you're actually placing the order.

Removing cookies didn't help. The stupid site behaves as if I had used the stupid coupon.

Most annoying. I prefer ordering online, this makes it a hassle.

Apr 5, 2012, 12:51pm Top

>25 LolaWalser:
If you're talking about the 20% off coupon and the $20 voucher, I believe that both have expired. The $20 voucher expired on April 1, and the 20% off coupon expired when the Spring Sale began. But I could be wrong.

Apr 5, 2012, 12:53pm Top

No, my 20 dollar voucher is valid until the end of May.

Apr 5, 2012, 12:54pm Top

> 24

SimB: Two qualifying books for the David cookbooks seems a very good deal! The Kafka book is also a great read. I happen to like both the cover and the illustrations.

Edited: Apr 5, 2012, 1:11pm Top

> 27

My 10£ voucher worked for this sale so probably should your 20$ too.

Apr 5, 2012, 1:16pm Top

It certainly should.

Apr 5, 2012, 1:19pm Top

Does anyone know who translated the Folio Society edition of Kafka's The Trial?

Apr 5, 2012, 1:26pm Top

I would buy the O'Brian set, but I seem to be getting last winter's sale. How do I get the spring sale to show up for me?

Edited: Apr 5, 2012, 1:34pm Top

> 31

Idris Parry (Penguin, 1994)

Apr 5, 2012, 1:32pm Top

> 33

Thank you

Apr 5, 2012, 1:57pm Top

For my free sets, I ended up taking:

The History of Rome in Paintings
Folk Tales of Britain
Plutarch: Lives
Times World Atlas
John Wyndham: Three Novels

I was very tempted to take the Wainwright Pictorial Guides, but I ended switching it out for the Folk Tales. Most of the books I was interested in counted as qualifying books. The only ones I really want that didn't count were In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, The Periodic Table, and Utopia.

Apr 5, 2012, 2:33pm Top

Has anyone had any luck getting their sale switched over? I find these targeted sales techniques to be really insulting. I've spent a lot of money with Folio in a very short period of time. Where is my Spring Sale?

Apr 5, 2012, 2:49pm Top

>39 I'm annoyed as well. I have only been a member since Christmas but have spent more than I care to admit to anyone. I sent FS an email asking why I have been excluded from the sale on sets. I received an auto-reply to have a good holiday and that my email would be addressed after the long weekend on Tuesday.

At least it's nice to hear others enjoying the sale. Hope the rest of us are included soon!

Apr 5, 2012, 4:04pm Top

Problem with the sale is not the sets - I can see 3 that would suit - but the qualifying books. I think I've got all the ones from the qualifying list I would like.

Apr 5, 2012, 4:12pm Top

I wouldn't bother with the reply form, just call them.

Apr 5, 2012, 4:38pm Top

I got switched over to the free-set sale form this morning (USA East Coast). I left a message via the contact form last night (as can be seen by some of my previous posts) and they had replied by the time I woke up. The message stated that they checked my account and saw that I was 'eligible' for the set sale.

Needless to say, I immediately placed my order for two sets worth of books. Plutarch (been coveting it for a while now) and the Beatrix Potter complete set. I'd order more books, but there aren't that many sets or books included in this sale left that I want to purchase at full price. I'm not a Briton, but rather, a dumb American, so some of the items available have no appeal to me whatsoever (British Folk Tales, Complete Pictorial Guides, etc.). And I refuse to spend large amounts of money on books I've never read (or heard of), despite whatever good reviews they may receive here (this covers a large number of items, like the Golem, the Monk, Gormenghast Trilogy, etc.).

It appears that this is a good sale overall though. I'm very pleased I was able to participate and get the two sets I wanted (along with the books I've been wanting). Like some other posters, there are some books not included in the sale that I'll purchase later on: Utopia, Narnia, Pliny's Natural History, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and the Periodic Table being the major examples for me. There are a great number of both older and current books included in the sale though, including several books I wanted (and if they helped me get Plutarch, that's even better): Cicero - Orations, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid's Tale, The Outsider, and a few others.

Apr 5, 2012, 4:40pm Top

<36 I emailed them and got my offer switched over. This was their reply:

"Thank you for your email.

I am very sorry for this confusion regarding the Spring Sale. Due to an error with our website, a small group of members were shown a repeat of the January Sale where the Spring should have appeared. Your account has now been corrected and you are welcome to place orders in the 'Folio Free For All'.

Again, please accept my apologies for this misunderstanding and the inconvenience it may have caused.

Kind regards"

Apr 5, 2012, 5:15pm Top

Hmm...I'm not sure why my last post is saying that it "has been deleted by its author," but the basic gist of it was; I emailed them and they switched me to the set sale.

Now I'm disappointed again however as I'm really struggling to choose even a third qualifying book for my first set. I was hoping to get two sets but there just aren't enough books that even remotely interest me. Oh well!

Apr 5, 2012, 5:31pm Top

>42 thesleepyreader:

Yeah, there are no editions of Rip Van Winkle or The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or Sleeping Beauty to be had in this sale...

In all seriousness, I'm a bit flabbergasted you can't find anything that interests you in this sale. Which of the free sets did you want?

Edited: Apr 5, 2012, 6:15pm Top

I went with the Dawkins set, I was also interested in the Wyndham set and perhaps the Gormenghast Trilogy.

I chose The Selfish Gene, The Master and Margarita and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hate as my qualifying books. The first two were easy choices as they were on my "to buy" list but the third took me a while (though I am glad I went with it, it does look interesting!). I have a long list of folio books that I'm interested in, it was just unfortunate that only two of them were in the qualifying list.

Apr 5, 2012, 7:00pm Top

I got John Wyndham: Three Novels and Beatrix Potter Complete. Qualifying books Over Sea, Under Stone, Wind in the Willows, Charlotte Web, Fahrenheit 451, Easy & Not-So-Easy Pieces, Screwtape Letters, At the Back of the North Wind + pink fairy book

Really wanted Double Helix, Schrodinger's Cat, Crimson fairy book, Violet fairy book, Irish Myths & Legends, Einstein Ideas and Opinions, Earth, Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention and a few other ones, there is always the Summer sale I guess. Didn't get Pagans and Christians set either, wanted it but will wait.

Apr 5, 2012, 7:10pm Top

After being a voucher non-recipient and reading here about varying access to this sale I was fully prepared for disappointment, but surprise, surprise, it shows up for me. I'm planning on getting the Gormenghast Trilogy and the British Folk Tales set, which with seven qualifying books required takes care of all of the books I'm interested in from the qualifying list. Now I just need to figure out where I'm going to get the money.

For those without access, it might be worth mentioning that the banner on the website says (capitals used in place of gigantic text):

"FREE sets for ALL"

Not "FREE sets for ALL who can see this banner".

Apr 5, 2012, 7:22pm Top

In the reply I got they said that there was an error with a "small" number of members being shown the old sale. So based on that, everyone should be eligible.

Apr 5, 2012, 7:34pm Top

>36 britchey:, I was also switched over to the set sale after leaving a message on the online contact form last night. I am not sure if it was targeted, or simply a glitch. I do find it amusing that the "Free Sets for ALL" sale was not really for all. I truly hope it wasn't a calculated risk on their part that enough people would not know they should be getting a different sale.

Now if only they would include Ripley as a set or a qualifier. I suppose I ask too much of them.

Edited: Apr 5, 2012, 8:10pm Top

>44 thesleepyreader:

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hate


Apr 5, 2012, 8:36pm Top

As I cannot see this sale yet (I guess I'll have to email them about it at some point), could anyone please tell me what books are included in the Dawkins set and Rainbow Fairy Book set and how many qualifying books are required for each? I'm sure finding qualifying books I want won't be too difficult as there are so many I want (I don't yet know which ones count as qualifying ones though) and so few I already have :)

Apr 5, 2012, 8:42pm Top

Dawkins - The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving The Rainbow (3 books required)
Rainbow - Blue, Pink, Brown (4 books required)

Apr 5, 2012, 8:46pm Top

>51 AnnieMod:
Thank you :)

Apr 5, 2012, 9:08pm Top

Apr 5, 2012, 11:39pm Top

I'm glad to hear that the mixed up website was a glitch and not a deliberate choice to exclude some from the Spring fun. I imagine it might take a couple days to square everything right, but I doubt FS wants to exclude people from something that will make them decent sales.

>35 Tanglewood:. Tanglewood, the Folk Tales of Britain is a great set. You'll enjoy it. I'm saving up for the second set in the series. That would have been my top choice if I didn't already own it. I went with Wainwright because I love to hike, and even though I haven't visited the Lake District, I hope one day to make the trek and enjoy it thoroughly. I'm so happy FS offered that to the American customer this year!

Also I'm looking very much for the History of Rome in Painting. I have the Venice once, which is the nicest art book I own, and always gets the admiration of friends who visit. Abbeville Press is to be commended for this series, they are beautiful books. I'm hoping FS will eventually offer the Paris title in the series.

If I have a windfall in the next month or so, I would still like to pick up Gormenghast, Pagans and Christains, and Winnie the Pooh. If that happens, I think I might have my fill of the Spring sale for a few years to come.

Apr 6, 2012, 12:31am Top

Add me to the list of people who got the old sale rather than the new one. I just shot an email in Folio's direction but I imagine I won't be able to access the sale 'til sometime next week.

Le sigh...

Apr 6, 2012, 1:18am Top

Am I the only one that finds it annoying that the Blue Fairy book is part of the set? Why not offer ones that were not part of the four book set?

Edited: Apr 7, 2012, 6:18am Top

>56 Thulean: I was just about to post the same thing myself, as I already have the Blue. I am toying with the idea of ordering the LE Alice and getting the Winnie the Pooh set, though I already have a Methuen hardback of The House at Pooh Corner.

Edit: oh, now I see that the Alice does not count as a qualifying book. Will have to rethink.

Apr 6, 2012, 6:57am Top

Is it normal for new members to not get offered free sets in the sale? I only signed up a week ago and I figure that's probably the reason.

Apr 6, 2012, 8:29am Top

>54 brother_salvatore: Glad to hear that British Folk Tales is a great set. By the way, Folio did offer The History of Paris in Paintings at some point. I believe I got it through one of their free set sales or perhaps a rejoining offer. I agree that they are gorgeous books.

>58 Mouldy: If you've filled your membership requirement, then I'd imagine it'll pop up for you in a week or so. I think there is a little bit of a lag at the beginning of a membership. I would email them and ask if you don't see it by the 15th (they are very nice).

Apr 6, 2012, 9:19am Top

So is the "Spring Sale" just the deal of getting a set of free books along with books you purchase at regular price? For some reason I don't see a list of books "on sale". Its very confusing. I'm a U.S. member and have purchased all of my books for the membership year. My recollections of the "Spring sale" in the past was just that...a sale. I don't see it.

Apr 6, 2012, 9:34am Top

>60 acidneutral:

Correct. You pay a few books full price and choose a set for free.

Apr 6, 2012, 9:35am Top

>60 acidneutral:

I was actually wondering the same. This is my first Spring sale and I was under the impression it was going to be an actual sale.

Edited: Apr 6, 2012, 10:05am Top

>60 acidneutral: & 62

It is an actual sale. If you wanted the Gormenghast Trilogy ($195.00 retail), it was roughly $100 in the winter sale. ($95 off). It requires 3 books in this sale. I could buy books that cost $37.95, $42.95, $42.95 and in the end, I am paying about $24 more for 3 extra books I wanted (you don't pay shipping for the free set, or at least I didn't).

Trilogy alone $100
Trilogy + 3 other books I wanted $124

I view the Spring Sale as the better sale for me and it is certainly better value if you do want some of the sets on offer. If you are not interested in any of the sets, then obviously the Winter Sale would be better for you.

Edit: Even at nice discounts, the 3 extra books, if they were in the winter sale, at say at least 50% off, $62.

Same package deals:

Retail: $319
Winter: $162
Spring: $124

In short, assuming you want sets, the Spring Sale is the best.

Apr 6, 2012, 1:19pm Top

I must say that the complexity of the rites and the rituals of the Folio Society do appear to rival those of the Masons or the Papacy at times. Anyway, I've snared a couple of cookbooks I've always wanted, along with a couple of books I was always going to get sometime.

I think that there is little point getting too worked up about what may, or may not be part of some sale. Sales are mainly a device for getting rid of excess inventory. No reason to think that the Folio Society is any different.

Edited: Apr 6, 2012, 2:08pm Top

Does anyone remember what are the minimums for 2, 3, 5, 10-month plans? I can't find it on the website. Thanks in advance.

P.S. And is it before or after tax & shipping? I seem to remember after.

Apr 6, 2012, 2:17pm Top

I don't know about the tax and shipping part but my order form shows:
-orders over $120 for 3 payments
-orders over $200 for 5 payments
-orders over $400 for 10 payments

Apr 6, 2012, 2:18pm Top

Thanks a lot!

Apr 6, 2012, 2:29pm Top

To everyone fretting about "qualifying" books: my experience in the past has been that, as with most things, FS will be flexible on this point. If you ring and ask them I'd be fairly sure that non-qualifying books can in fact be included in an order.

Edited: Apr 8, 2012, 4:43am Top

>64 SimB: I beg to differ ( I'm betting that half their gross profit comes from what they call "sales")

And they ARE different.. they mark the change of seasons, the equinoxes and solstices; the full cycle of life and nature... . Can you imagine always winter and never Christmas.. as the White Witch decreed in Narnia?.. Can you imagine all-year membership and no Sale?...please.. ;-)

Edited: Apr 6, 2012, 3:51pm Top

>63 nicklong:

I suppose that makes sense. It doesn't look like it is going to work out for me though. I would like the Folktales of Britain set but I can only find two qualifying books that interest me that I do not already own, History of the English Church and People and The Monk. Sadly I bought the Alice books and the Bhagavad Gita just a couple of weeks ago. Looks like I should have held off on them. Maybe next time. Certainly seems like a great deal for people who really want one of the sets and enough of the qualifying books though.

Apr 6, 2012, 4:01pm Top

>70 Thulean:

Yikes! My condolences - I was holding off on purchasing full-priced books until the Spring Sale for this reason. I figured that any books I couldn't pick up in the Sales I could use to fulfil my membership requirement for next year's membership year (ie: Utopia will be a purchase for me in the fall). That is assuming of course, that a) Utopia isn't in the Summer Sale, and b) Utopia doesn't go out of print before then.

Apr 6, 2012, 8:38pm Top

Is the number of qualifying books you need to buy different depending on the set you want?

Apr 6, 2012, 8:44pm Top

Apr 7, 2012, 7:32am Top

Plenty of sets I would like, not nearly enough qualifying books to choose from though.

I am tossing up between; Folk Tales of Britain: Narratives, The Gormenghast Trilogy, Shorter Oxford Dictionary (you have heard of selective hearing, well I have selective spelling) or Beatrix Potter Complete Tales.

I can only choose one set as I have to watch my spending.

Apr 7, 2012, 8:09am Top

I chose The Ghormenghast Trilogy as my free set; I have been wanting it for ages and was hoping it would be part of the Spring Sale.

The three books I bought are The Roman Revolution and Cicero: Orations, both as gifts, and In Cold Blood for myself. I chose to pay by five monthly payments.

Apr 7, 2012, 11:31am Top

Well I ended up getting the British folktales set along with The History of the English Church and People, The Monk, As I Lay Dying and The Name of the Rose.

Apr 7, 2012, 12:44pm Top

I put in my first order on the sale, there might be a second I do not know, but I will hold of on making a decision on that until I see what potential sets they will add near the end of the sale if any.

I ordered:

The Dawkins collection

The selfish gene
The man who mistook his wife for a hat
On the origin of species

Quite a creative collection of books.

I also used the 10£ voucher, as it helped as an incentive to get "On the origin of species" as it was the most expensive book.

I also have my eyes on the "Shorter Oxford English Dictionary" as I have always liked the look of it and that I do not really own any larger English dictionaries, but I would place "The campaigns of Napoleon" in front of it I think, also considering the latter require one book less.

Apr 9, 2012, 3:33pm Top

I had hoped for Plutarch being one of the free sets, so I placed my order today. My qualifying books are:

As I lay Dying
The Phoenicians
The War with Hannibal
Easy & Not-So-Easy pieces

Apr 11, 2012, 8:37am Top

I had been waiting for the Wyndham set, so I placed an order for
On the Eve, First Love and In Cold Blood.
I had been holding out on the Turgenev, as although they look beautiful books and I really enjoyed them on my first reading in the late eighties, they are expensive on a £ per page basis (which I readily admit you cannot judge a book by, but which somehow is still a consideration when deciding which beautiful Folio book to buy next).

Edited: Apr 11, 2012, 9:02am Top

>68 ian_curtin: You were right! I am interested in the Fairy books set but there is only 3 qualifying books I am interested in so I emailed them asking if I could use a non qualifying book(Restaurant at the End of the World) as the 4th book and they answered that it would be no problem at all. The only caveat, and it's not a big one, is that I will have to call to place the order instead of using the website.

Apr 11, 2012, 10:51am Top

Is this Spring Sale the first to be open to non-Members too with it's 'Free Sets for All' tag? An intriguing development in FS marketing if true.

Apr 11, 2012, 11:09am Top

Question: How long does the sale usually last?

Apr 11, 2012, 11:20am Top

>81 cronshaw:

Just for all members who buy enough books to qualify, I think, as it's always been. Without FS cookies the sale doesn't show up, just introductory membership offers and individual books that can be ordered at their standard prices.

Apr 11, 2012, 3:21pm Top

"The annual ‘Free for All’ offer is one of our most popular member exclusives."

Apr 12, 2012, 12:03am Top

I finally broke down and placed an order (that e-mail! That oh-so-convincing e-mail! How I am weak).

Was a little let down by the qualifying book list, but certainly managed to find three I wanted to qualify for my Gormenghast set: On the Eve, The Golem and The Name of the Rose, all of which have been on my must-read list for a long time.

Apr 12, 2012, 4:14pm Top

I just got switched back to the "Winter Sale" - my Spring Sale orders are being processed. But I'm very tempted to just place another order using the Winter pricing on some books... Bravo, Folio...

Apr 12, 2012, 6:42pm Top

I just got switched back too...with an email saying that the "Folio Society Sale is On."

I'd say that this probably indicates that being given the "winter sale" wasn't a glitch after all, but that they were actually trying different sales on different people.

Apr 12, 2012, 6:49pm Top

I've now been switched over to the Spring Sale. It might finally give me an excuse to buy Beowulf :)

Apr 12, 2012, 7:03pm Top

The KJB only counts as one volume? Not 66? ;)
(actually, I see that it has the Apocrypha in it as well, but having grown up in Baptist churches, I know little to nothing about it, and don't know how many more books that is)

Apr 13, 2012, 4:21pm Top

83,84 thanks for reassuring me!

Apr 16, 2012, 12:42pm Top

Gave in! My order:

John Wyndham: Three Novels

Big Chief Elizabeth
The Call of the Wild
Over Sea, Under Stone

plus The Folio Notecards Set

I've chosen express shipment for the first time. Let's see how fast that is.

Apr 16, 2012, 12:49pm Top

>91 drasvola: Congratulations Antonio!

Although, I'm not yet familiar with the other books, I know for sure that you are going to like Call of the Wild!

Apr 16, 2012, 1:10pm Top

> 92

Thanks, Faisel. It will be nice to have a quality edition of London's story. Another history book on Elizabeth, the science fiction set, and what seems an interesting twist on Arthurian themes. Happy with South Polar Times?

Apr 17, 2012, 9:22am Top

>91 drasvola:

It's strange that Folio didn't come out with the whole Dark is Rising set. I guess that they'll probably make one at a time and then when all five are out, they'll include as a set. One can hope. EP came out with the set a few years back.

If you like 'Call of the Wild', which is superior to 'White Fang' (IMO), then make sure you check out 'The Sea-Wolf' which I think is London's best work.

Apr 17, 2012, 10:26am Top

I found that I was selected for the winter/spring sale so I bought a couple of books from it and then called in another order for the Gormenghast trilogy which I'll get free notecards with - can anyone post a photo of them?

Apr 17, 2012, 2:52pm Top

>94 EclecticIndulgence: The Dark is Rising set is in preparation, there's an article about it in the Spring/summer edition of the magazine.

Apr 17, 2012, 6:58pm Top

>94 EclecticIndulgence:
I do remember reading somewhere that they would release them all one at a time. Anyway, I have the EP set, and though it might be nice to have one that's actually illustrated, it's probably not worth getting the FS ones as well.

Apr 17, 2012, 7:17pm Top

John, how do you like the E/P set? I have been considering buying the series for some time, but I don't the illustrations in the FS edition.

Apr 17, 2012, 7:27pm Top

They were actually the first EP books I ever bought (back in December last year), and I don't have a lot of experience with other ones to compare them with.
I like the cover art, but I do kind of wish they weren't all identical other than the title; they are different stories and surely they could have had cover art specific to each book and still have a matching set. Each book has a fairly nice-looking frontispiece, but otherwise has no illustrations. I did also find one typo in The Dark Is Rising, in case that bothers you.
My primary reason for making it my first purchase was actually that I share a birthday with the author (23 May, and only 57 years apart :P), and then, strangely enough, found that the signature on the certificate of authenticity was dated 23 May.

Apr 19, 2012, 2:55am Top


Easy And Not-So-Easy Pieces
The Selfish Gene

with Rainbow Fairy Books set


Call Of The Wild
Fahrenheit 451

with The Richard Dawkins Collection

I think they should last me awhile :)

Apr 19, 2012, 2:56am Top

(plus two Folio Notecards Sets. Not sure what I'm going to do with them though)

Edited: Apr 19, 2012, 4:58am Top

> 100

Very good selections. I'm considering Pensées myself.

Apr 19, 2012, 7:18am Top

They've added the Musketeers set to the sale (as well as about 6 more). I was going to try to be good and not give into temptation on this sale, but I think they may have gotten me now. I believe they have also added additional qualifying books, for those who are tempted to take another look.

Apr 19, 2012, 7:51am Top

Gilbert White's Selborne now among the "sets" and free with the purchase of two books, here in the UK at least: that's a remarkable offer for any interested parties who don't own it yet.

Apr 19, 2012, 8:22am Top

Selborne is being offered here in the US also. With only the need of 2 qualifying books that's a must have.

Apr 19, 2012, 9:25am Top

Selborne shows two books needed on the main page but when I click on the book it says that three qualifying books are needed.

Apr 19, 2012, 9:34am Top

>106 Thulean:

Hmm, same here, but then if I put it in my basket the qualifying book requirement is just two. I've a copy of Selborne already so that's as far as my researches will be going :-)

Apr 19, 2012, 9:39am Top

>106 Thulean:

Same here...but..

My order completed with two books...I chose Darling Buds of May and The Hobbit, so you only need two books to get Selbourne

Apr 19, 2012, 10:40am Top

My order for Selborne is still being processed from an order placed before I was switched over to the sets sale. I've sent them an email to see if they will let me take advantage of the set deal. I really wish the sales were a bit more straight forward.

On the other hand, once switched over to the sets sale, I placed on order on Thursday of last week and used the express shipping and received this order on Monday(USA)! Very fast and not a single damaged book! I don't think I would use this on every order but for large orders I think it may be worth it to me.

Apr 19, 2012, 10:44am Top

I've ordered Selborne together with Pensées and A Treasury of Mark Twain.

Apr 19, 2012, 2:12pm Top

I'd successfully resisted this sale until the inclusion of Natural History of Selborne, but now I've succumbed. My qualifying titles were The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Fermat's Last Theorem.

Apr 19, 2012, 2:52pm Top

Selborne tipped the balance for me; I ordered Beautiful Bookbindings and Beyond the Pale, two I have been intending to buy anyway.

Apr 19, 2012, 4:11pm Top

Nooooo I can't believe they added the Musketeers and new qualifying books right after I placed my order.

Oh well. Still want the Gormenghast set over everything.

Apr 19, 2012, 4:22pm Top

> 113
That is frustrating, I have certainly been there. But it is equally frustrating that there are now 32 free sets available. I own 19 already, and have no interest in the other 13. So the bad news is one of my favorite annual sales has no appeal to me, but the good news is that I can save a little money for the summer sale.

Apr 19, 2012, 4:46pm Top

How are they free? I'm not a member yet, but perhaps this will tip the balance.

Apr 19, 2012, 5:37pm Top

> 103

What are the new sets? I've been reverted back to their supposed glitch of a winter/spring sale (not a glitch seeing as I just received the same sale in the post) so I can't view the sets.

Apr 19, 2012, 5:47pm Top

The Adventures of the Three Musketeers

The History of England from the Accession of James II

A History of the Crusades

The Natural History of Selborne

Notable Historical Trials

The Story of the Renaissance

I believe they also added one to the non-online exclusive list (to make the total 32), but I am not sure which. Perhaps the Harry Potter set?

Apr 19, 2012, 6:22pm Top

Still no set sale for a very peeved me but luckily for the Deal of the Day, I've always been curious to know more about the Phoenicians.

I could open a tearoom with all the Folio Society mugs that I have been getting...

Apr 19, 2012, 6:27pm Top

Did you email them Bond_Girl? I emailed them and was changed to the set sale within a day and was able to place an order. Unfortunately they've changed me back again so I've just had to email them AGAIN (blimey!).

Apr 19, 2012, 6:28pm Top

Thank you, Sourire!

Apr 19, 2012, 6:31pm Top

Selborne did it! I chose the matching Turgenevs.

Apr 19, 2012, 6:36pm Top

> 119 I'm just catching up with the board, so I had no idea that emailing FS could help. You are right, I should write to FS instead of complaining where they can't hear me :)

Edited: Apr 19, 2012, 8:06pm Top

> 121

You will not be disappointed, the Turgenev editions are beautiful!

Apr 20, 2012, 8:15am Top

Placed my second order, chosing "The natural history of selborne" which I contemplated during the wintersale but opted out for because it was not on my list, but now I could not resist it and I fear it might go out of print, which I assume is the idea since they offer it now again eventhough it was just in the wintersale as well.

I chose:

- All quiet on the western front
- In cold blood

in addition as my qualifying books.

Apr 20, 2012, 9:47am Top

In reference to my post #91, that order, placed on the 16, was delivered today i.e. four days later. I call that a great bargain in shipping speed and arrangements for £5 extra. Distributed over the 6 books plus the free set of notecards (16 very colourful cards in an attractive box that can be reused) it really is a worthwhile choice.
Ohh... the books are also great. I don't know when I'm going to find time for reading my purchases made during this Spring Sale. To think that the Sale didn't seem that enticing when announced...

Apr 20, 2012, 10:23am Top

>125 drasvola:. I'm glad someone got what they paid for. I placed my order over two weeks ago, paid for express shipping (3-7 days), and still have not received a thing. I'm sure it's on it way, but I'm a little perturbed nonetheless.

Apr 20, 2012, 10:28am Top

>125 drasvola:. I agree, I have used the express option twice (ordering from Madrid) and both times it has arrived in less than five days and been delivered to my flat (rather than waiting 3-4 weeks and having to go to the post office to retrieve the bag). For the price difference, I think it is a great option.

Apr 20, 2012, 10:29am Top

>125 drasvola:-127

I will certainly consider this option as well in the future based on what you have said.

Edited: Apr 20, 2012, 10:37am Top

> 126

Well, brother_salvatore, to tell you the truth, I was surprised myself how well the express delivery worked. The package was carried, like other regular shipments, by Royal Mail and I had to sign for it. So it must be some special arrangement that FS has contracted with the mail service. It might be different in the US but you should be getting your order very soon.

Apr 20, 2012, 11:53am Top

Looking for some advice re: selecting a free set.

There are a couple I've been eyeing (Byzantium & Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) that I know I've seen offered as renewal sets before, so I feel like I can afford to wait on them.

Does the Pagans & Christians set ever pop up in other promotions? I don't remember seeing it at the Winter Sale or as an introductory offer when I joined in January. Is this a good time to pick it up, or is it likely to appear again? This is my first Spring sale, and it's hard to decide between all the choices!

Apr 20, 2012, 1:56pm Top

>130 makaiju: I think this is the firrst time I've seen Pagans and Christains offered as a free set. It's definatley on my want list, so I hope if pops up again in the future. Byzantium is really nice and an enjoyable read. I really like the full cloth binding. I haven't read the whole thing yet, but I quite enjoy it when I dip into it.

It is so hard to decide! You have my sympathies!

Apr 20, 2012, 2:40pm Top

>119 thesleepyreader: thesleepyreader, you are my hero! I'm happy to report that FS graciously switched me to the set sale overnight.

Has anyone recently managed to check out Selborne with 2 qualifying books? I only get the check out option if I put 3 of any books (including the non-qualifying ones) in the basket.

Apr 20, 2012, 2:52pm Top

> 132

Yes, I have. See #110.

Apr 20, 2012, 3:19pm Top

> 133 I'm definitely only offered to Continue Shopping.

Apr 20, 2012, 3:32pm Top

My two orders partially arrived today. 3 of the 4 bags - they bundled up the free sets in their own boxes, then one of the orders in the 3rd box. I assume the 4th and final box will be arriving tomorrow or Monday. I do have to admit that I'm rather surprised at the size of Cicero - Orations - much larger than I originally thought it was.

I think I need to start checking the book sizes...

Apr 20, 2012, 3:36pm Top

> 134

The webpage is well-known for its quirkiness. I suggest you e-mail them or give them a call. That should correct the situation.

Edited: Apr 20, 2012, 4:56pm Top

>136 drasvola: I have figured it out! You must select your qualifying book from the qualifying list only, not from anywhere else this same book may appear on the website.

So, I'm getting Selborne as a set (so curious to discover why everyone is so excited about this book and the Amazon snippets are a delight), and continuing with the English countryside theme: Wind in the Willows and Miss Marple Short Stories.

Apr 20, 2012, 5:33pm Top

> 132 - Glad to have helped!

Unfortunately they are yet to reply to MY email or switch me back over to the set sale. I guess now I'll have to wait to Monday...darn it!

Apr 20, 2012, 10:39pm Top

Those of you considering which set to obtain free really should look at the History of Rome in Painting. This is huge publication is one of the most magnificent books I own. It is part of a three book set (the others cover Paris and Venice), and each has several hundred paintings of the relevant city arranged in chronological order, with several fold out pages. Possibly not worth the full retail price though (in Australia said to be A$450). Beware that the cheaper version currently offered for the Rome book on Amazon is a paperback version. Amazon has the Paris and Venice books in hardback for around US$160.
Have a close look at this book on the FS website.

Apr 20, 2012, 10:54pm Top

>139 wcarter:
$425 actually, not that it makes a huge difference. In comparison with the US$235...wow

Apr 22, 2012, 5:30pm Top

Despite all the gushing over Selborne to be found here, I just don't feel the love. Maybe if I saw a copy I might change my mind. The one set that I don't already have and find intriguing is The Desert War Trilogy - can anyone comment on that one?

Apr 22, 2012, 8:00pm Top

>141 coynedj: I have a copy of the large edition Selborne, as well as the two earlier editions produced by the FS. The first is a superb production, but in a funny sort of way, I almost prefer the other two (especially the more recent edition with the marbled covers), particularly as reading copies.

Apr 23, 2012, 7:11am Top

I've done my dough and my dash. Gormenghast and the British Folktales set with Fahrenheit 451, Big Chief Elizabeth, The Monk, The Hunting of the Snark, The Realm of the Unreal and Other Stories, The Midnight Folk and Over Sea, Under Stone. I'll be cast into the netherworld of unemployment at the end of May, so this may well be my last Folio splurge... SOB!

>142 Willoyd: I bought the magnificent monster Selbourne in the last sale, but I'm still on the hunt for a secondhand copy of the edition with the woodcuts by Chris Wormell. Such a contrast between the two intepretations, but both, I think, are very successful.

Apr 25, 2012, 7:45am Top

First order received a few days ago. Wrapped in an impressive amount of bubble wrap and arrived in pristine condition. I've skimmed through The Trial and First Love. Both are beautifully made and illustrated. The "free" set was the Elizabeth David cookbooks. Put the Italian Food book to the test and made the stracotto recipe. Turned out OK and will try some more recipes in the months ahead!

Apr 25, 2012, 8:18am Top

> 144

We always get pictures of books, bookshelves and libraries... why not one of your recipes?

Apr 25, 2012, 9:32am Top

>145 drasvola:

Recipe for Vegemite on toast

Traditional breakfast food in Australia.




First ensure that Vegemite is at room temperature.

Soften butter to a spreadable consistency ( 20 secs in Microwave...may vary depending upon butter & microwave)

Place bread in toaster until toasted

Remove toasted bread as soon as it pops up

Lightly coat toast with softened butter. Do this immediately so that butter is drawn into the toast while warm

Spread Vegemite to desired thickness..

side note..Vegemite is a bit like wasasbi...start with small quantites until acclimatised



Edited: Apr 25, 2012, 9:45am Top

And what happens after "Eat"?

PS. - I remember having brought back from my last trip to Australia, 24 years ago, a micro jar of Vegemite which I have cherished so much that I never opened it and it still stands pristine somewhere in the kitchen. But I believe it would do for one toast only with this recipe...

Apr 25, 2012, 9:42am Top


Apr 25, 2012, 9:51am Top

> 146

Thanks, SimB. This is probably heretical but here goes: Is Vegemite somewhat akin to Marmite?

Apr 25, 2012, 10:40am Top

>149 drasvola:

It is somewhat heretical. Comparing Vegemite to Marmite is like comparing a top class Rioja wine to some grocer's wine blend from god know's where. However, poor substitute that it is, Marmite is the nearest equivalent product outside Australia.

>147 Pepys:

At 24 years old your jar of Vegemite is just hitting its straps. I've seen those micro jars and I reckon that there are at least 10 pieces of toast to be spread.

Apr 25, 2012, 10:50am Top

> 150

Thanks again. Excellent choice of comparators. Vegemite is available from amazon.co.uk. I've tasted Marmite so now I'll order some Vegemite to try.

Apr 25, 2012, 11:10am Top

#150> Do you think the content of the jar improves with time? ;-)

Apr 25, 2012, 6:42pm Top

>146 SimB:-152
I have grown up in Australia my whole life and been forced to eat Vegemite and have never liked it, no matter how much I try to get used to the taste.

Apr 25, 2012, 9:54pm Top

>146 SimB: - "Remove toasted bread as soon as it pops up. Lightly coat toast with softened butter. Do this immediately so that butter is drawn into the toast while warm"

These are the key steps. This is what I call "the window." If you miss "the window" the whole experience is ruined!

>147 Pepys: - "And what happens after "Eat"?"

Probably brush your teeth! Unless you want people keeping a rather safe distance...

Apr 26, 2012, 3:20am Top

I actually went to bought a marmite after last marmite and vegemite thread.

Apr 26, 2012, 6:19am Top

>152 Pepys: Vegemite is immortal.

Apr 27, 2012, 2:41am Top

I've been lurking around these threads and found them quite helpful regarding all things Folio Society. For example I've only just discovered that this sale is an annual event, one I'll be looking forward too. I have gone a bit mad with these free sets this time, ordering:

Pagans and Christians
Gibbon's Decline and Fall...

I must admit i ended up ordering a few of qualifying books I may well not have otherwise bothered with:

Holinshed Chronicles
Myths & Legends of Ancient Egypt
Perrault's Fairy Tales

Here's hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Apr 27, 2012, 8:44am Top

When I placed my first Set Sale order I was disappointed to find that Thus Spoke Zarathustra and In Search of Schroedinger's Cat weren't qualifiers, so being impatient I ordered them anyway! After reading that a few members had been able to negotiate on qualifying books I contacted the folio society to find out if I could use the two books from that order as qualifiers and they kindly agreed!

So I just placed another order:

John Wyndham: Three Novels, with Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children as the third qualifier.

I'm quite happy now and pretty chuffed with the customer service! It just shows...it never hurts to ask!

Apr 27, 2012, 9:39am Top

Vegemite is too thick and difficult to spread - it sticks to the knife.

Marmite is the only real choice. Spread it thick - be a man! ( But don't handle any books until you have washed your hands ).

Apr 27, 2012, 6:28pm Top

>158 thesleepyreader: - I could only see the winter/spring sale so I bought 2 more books in the sale and then called an order - one of the 3 books I ordered to qualify was Thus Spoke Zarathustra and they didn't say it wasn't included. Maybe they let it slide because I ordered so many books.

Apr 27, 2012, 9:08pm Top

How long will this sale last? Selborne is really tempting me and I want to know how much time I have to think it over.

Apr 28, 2012, 7:41am Top

>159 charleseugenebongo2:

I'm sad that you have had a disappointing experience with Vegemite. My recipe for vegemite on toast did include a step that the vegemite should be at room temperature. If you keep your vegemite in the fridge then its molecular structure is more tightly bound, and becomes difficult to spread. "Room temperature" does of course vary around the world, and perhaps I should have been more precise. My vegemite jar is unrefrigenated but it is is certainly more spreadable in summer than winter.

Once global warming is established, and Vegemite becomes more of a slurry rather than a paste, I would find it hard to believe that anyone would prefer Marmite to Vegemite.

Apr 28, 2012, 12:15pm Top

> 162 "Once global warming is established, and Vegemite becomes more of a slurry rather than a paste . . ."

In many equatorial regions, I've heard, Vegemite is celebrated as an invigorating health drink.

May 1, 2012, 4:01pm Top

I'm thinking of using the Daniel Defoe 'Tour through GB' volume as one of my qualifying books, but have spotted that it's been 'edited' and 'sensitively selected'. Can anyone tell me how much abridgement there has been, or how much has been selected? Thanks.

May 1, 2012, 5:37pm Top

I placed two more orders during the last couple of days. My free sets are:

The Desert War Trilogy
The Natural History Of Selborne

As qualifying books I've chosen:

First Love
The Persian Expedition
The Fables of Aesop
The Bhagavad Gita

May 1, 2012, 9:45pm Top

>165 Stephan68: Both First Love and The Bhagavad Gita are stunning editions, you will enjoy them! I'm also waiting for Selborne but so far, I have mysteriously received only a lonely Folio mug, sans books.

May 1, 2012, 10:44pm Top

With regards to my comment at >89 johni92:, testing by putting it in my basket, it would appear the KJV counts as 2 volumes, even though it doesn't say so in the description.

May 2, 2012, 8:03am Top

>164 Willoyd: From the Introduction to Defoe's Tour: "The full text of Defoe's Tour runs to over 400,000 words. The problem of reducing it to somewhat under half that length is a difficult one."

May 2, 2012, 10:52am Top

> 164

Further to the information on #168, I might add that all thirteen letters are included. These are abridged by making substantial cuts where Defoe quotes other authors or copies out documents; where he supplies standard detailed information available elsewhere; where he repeats himself; where he digresses. A few of these major cuts are indicated in the notes to the text. The bulk of other excisions relate to detail about small towns and villages (in the opinion of the editors). My account summarised from the explanation found in the Introduction.

May 2, 2012, 2:27pm Top

Many thanks pythagoras and drasvola. Sounds like some fairly hefty excisions. Did they affect your enjoyment (given that a fair amount sounds like it wasn't Defoes's own writing)?

May 2, 2012, 2:38pm Top

> 170

Not in my case. The book is better read in short stages much like other 'itinerant' descriptions. Otherwise, it is a well produced volume with many attractive illustrations from the period. I recommend it, but am no authority.

Edited: May 5, 2012, 5:24am Top

Thanks drasvola - I think I'll go for it!

Later edit: Maybe not yet! I've ordered the latest two O'Brian's (Nutmeg of Consolation, Clarissa Oakes) and Waverley, to go with the Gormenghast Trilogy, but whilst I'm interested in Katherine Briggs's Narratives, I will hang on for a few days to see what the one day deals reveal first. Have also found that FS have previously published an unabridged version, so will investigate that before deciding.

May 27, 2012, 3:50pm Top

I held out for quite a while, but finally succumbed like I knew I would. Bought Kafka's Trial and Castle, got the Desert War Trilogy as my free set. Now I should be able to make it until the third or fourth renewal offer!

May 28, 2012, 10:27am Top

I have finally made up my mind and ordered the shorter oxford English Dictionary as my freebie and Beautiful Bindings, The Golem, Greenmantle, The Collected Stories of Gogol as my qualifing books.

I am still tempted by The Sound and The Fury, would like to have some knowledgeable opions on this book. I have never read it and want to know if the way its being presented will (different times/dates/years? in different colors) will ad anything to my understanding of the story being told.

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