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Discussion in 'Archive: SF&F: Books and Comics' started by Darth-Kevin-Thomas, Jun 5, 2007.

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  1. Darth-Kevin-Thomas

    Darth-Kevin-Thomas Jedi Master star 5

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    Is anyone apart of this? I've been wondering about it for a while. I keep getting the add in the wizard magazine. Is it worth it to join? Is there any sort of Hidden Gimic?

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  2. Darth-Kevin-Thomas

    Darth-Kevin-Thomas Jedi Master star 5

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  3. RedHanded_Jill

    RedHanded_Jill Jedi Padawan star 4

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    it's a pain in the neck. you can go online and cancel the books but you have to remember to do so. or you can mail it in. they sent me two hundred dollars worth of books, i sent them back and for 8 months we kept fighting about whether i sent them. they have great deals but they also have a lot of weird stuff. elf soft porn, etc. after we got the whole yea i sent the dang books back i cancelled.
     
  4. EUReader

    EUReader Jedi Youngling star 2

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    That actually strikes my interest. I saw a World of Warcraft type porno once and it was awesome.
     
  5. DARTH_MARK-22

    DARTH_MARK-22 Jedi Youngling star 3

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    I'm a member of this. Not quite what you'd expect from time to time. For the most part it's a pain in the neck. But if you're an avid collector of literature, it's worth your while.
     
  6. Cinnamon_Windu

    Cinnamon_Windu Jedi Youngling star 6

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    I never joined, because I always figured it would be more trouble than it's worth. It's comforting, in a way, to find out I was right.
     
  7. Darth-Kevin-Thomas

    Darth-Kevin-Thomas Jedi Master star 5

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    I don't know if anyone has ever gotten anything from scholastic book orders but that sounds to be the same thing. They send you stuff and you have to send it back or you get charged for it. I like to collect books so that is why it struck me as interesting. But I'd most likely forget and get charged for books I didn't want.

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  8. Cinnamon_Windu

    Cinnamon_Windu Jedi Youngling star 6

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    I thought you could only buy from Scholastic Books. I didn't know you could rent from them.

    I'm also surprised that this thread hasn't been locked for the discussion of porn.
     
  9. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    It's okay because it's not the focus of the thread :)
     
  10. Darth-Kevin-Thomas

    Darth-Kevin-Thomas Jedi Master star 5

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    you don't rent them. If you open the box you pay for the book. You can send it back if you don't open it. My mistake because now I have encyclopedias A-C.

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  11. Cinnamon_Windu

    Cinnamon_Windu Jedi Youngling star 6

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    Oh. Thanks for clearing that up. :) I had tons of Scholastic books when I was a kid. AFAIK, my parents never minded paying for them. They seemed delighted that I wanted to read.
     
  12. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    My parents always used to buy me Scolastic books as well. We could get a catalogue from school every month. I loved it :)
     
  13. Space_Wolf

    Space_Wolf Jedi Master star 3

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    I'm in a Sci-Fi and Fantasy bookclub and I've been in it for about ten years now. I've had no problems with it, but I guess the UK one runs things differently, as this one gives you the option of not having to order a book if you send the slip back in time. There are, however, some that should be avoided - there was a music and DVD one I was in a while back and they kept trying to say I'd not paid for stuff when I had, (everyone whom I knew who'd been in it had always had some sort of problem with it) and there was this other bookclub I was in which I got rid of because I didn't want most of the books in it but there wasn't an option of not ordering if you didn't want it - sending back unwanted stuff became a pain in the butt after a while...
     
  14. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    I was in the US one in the '80s and joined the UK one when I moved here. I never had any problems with the US one - everything I ordered arrived fine. The UK one, on the other hand, started out OK but became a nightmare after they switched shipping companies. I spent more time in the phone queue to complain about lost & missing parcels than I care to remember. At the same time I also belonged to the Good Book Guide (more a catalog than a club) and their parcels seemed to reach me without problems. Once I got a PC I quit both and just used Amazon. I'd find it hard to recommend a book club if you have online ordering available. You get only what you want and usually with a discount.
     
  15. Space_Wolf

    Space_Wolf Jedi Master star 3

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    I guess it depends on which club you're in. Some are better than others, but they become a pain when you don't want the books in them and they keep sending stuff. The advice I have for people is to look carefully over everything before you even join one. I use the bookclub rather than the internet for stuff because I don't own a credit card/debit card (I don't miss them, anyway, as I prefer to use real money in shops then I know stuff's paid for and I don't have to worry about about a bill), and because of that, I'm better off with the bookclub. Though I have had a friend get me stuff online and paid them when there's been something I couldn't get anywhere else.
     
  16. Lord Vivec

    Lord Vivec Force Ghost star 8

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    I always told myself to join, but I never did.
     
  17. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    You might want to check out [link=http://www.locusmag.com/2007/2007NewsArchive.html]this[/link] Locus article before committing to the SFBC. Scroll down to May 24.

    Publishing News: Book Clubs Cut
    German media conglomerate Bertelsmann has announced plans to lay off 280 of its Bookspan employees, about 15% of their staff, and close a number of its specialty book clubs. Bookspan includes the Doubleday Book Club, the Book-of-the-Month Club, and the Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC). Though reports indicate SFBC is not being closed, SFScope reports that editor Ellen Asher is taking early retirement. Jonathan Strahan, editor of several original anthologies published by the SFBC, speculates on the future of the club.



    There's also a link there to the Publisher's Weekly article.
     
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