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Of Books and Binding!

Got an inquiry as to the nature of the binding on the Digger Omnibus edition, from someone wanting to buy it, but concerned about bindings on a book large enough to beat someone to death with.

This is a good question. Binding is very important. I turned to Jeff of Sofawolf for the info, and here's what I've got.

The softcovers are called "PUR" perfect binding, which has to do with the chemical composition of the adhesive. It lays flatter than vinyl acetate and is very durable for standard usage. As with anything, it's not immortal, but it'll hold up as well as any other professionally produced, non-mass-market softcover, with all the usual caveats about not soaking it in water and taking a hammer to the spine and so forth. But it should hold up pretty darn well.
The hardcovers are smyth-sewn, which means the pages are collected in bunches and actually stitched together -- then backed with fabric and adhesive before being bound into the hard covers. This is very durable and considered "library-quality" by some (I get the impression that there are debates over the nature of library bindings, and it is not a settled matter, so we won't get into that--I caught a vague whiff of flame wars past in the air, as one sometimes does.) Anyway, this is uber-durable, give-to-your-heirs stuff--which is why it's more expensive.
Either should last a goodly long time, but the hardcover of course is going to last longer, same as any other book.

I hope that helps!

You can order either version of the omnibus through Sofawolf Press.

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And the hardcover version is a thing of beauty.

I can attest that the hardcover binding is appropriately tough. It has withstood actual reading, as opposed to just sitting on a shelf and looking pretty. This includes several readings by an 11 yr old who was repeatedly advised to be careful with the book, but who is still just 11.

Durable binding

(Anonymous)
Will you have to testify at the trial?

I have the hardcover, and I love it; it's definitely heirloom-quality. My only caveat is that if you are like me, nearsighted and with other vision problems of the type that make it more comfortable to read without glasses, the thing is just too heavy to hold at a good reading distance for any length of time. But that's why I also have the individual volumes, which work just fine for my everyday reading.

We would have liked to have opted for the anti-gravity binding, but even with the success of the kickstarter, it was out of our reach. Also fictional. (But it would have been good for shipping costs...)

I was a bit heartbroken about the omnibus-- since I have all the original softcovers, I couldn't justify buying it all over again, especially since one HB volume would be a lot harder to read. =) But it was the first time since I started following you that I didn't pick something up, and I had a sad.

You will want to quit your job tomorrow when you try this system and start getting paid online $7362 in 1 month.

Just as Lois implied I'm shocked that a person able to earn $7362 in 1 month on the internet . Go now ᵂᵂᵂ.fiscalpen.Ⅽᴼᴹ

This is very good to know, thanks! I've been worried about this a bit myself, since I'm close to wanting to re-read Digger again. (I read it once through when I got the PDF and again when the softcover arrived. Money well spent!)

I might rely on the PDF more often than the softcover, in general... but still.

Love the book anyway

(Anonymous)
I have the softcover version of the omnibus, and the binding broke before I was even halfway through the book. On the plus side, the glue holding the individual pages is awesome, so there's not even a hint of individual pages trying to pry themselves loose to go on solo adventures.

This is not a complaint, mind you, just a caveat for others. I knew the spine would snap eventually on a paperback book of this size, and I was willing to live with that for the lower price (for now--I may buy the hardcover later).

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