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Book Club Q&A
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:18:27 PM »
Here's where you can ask any questions not answered in Book Club - How it Works (Rules, Themes, Voting, Discussions, Twitter, etc)  ;D
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2014, 09:39:56 PM »
Is it just me or did the March & April 2014 bookclub threads disappear?


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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2014, 11:45:47 PM »
I'm still seeing them.

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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 01:31:50 PM »
Is it just me or did the March & April 2014 bookclub threads disappear?


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This may be my fault. I tried to set up the Fantasy Faction Book Club board to make it easier to see new topics without scrolling down. We used to have all the current year's book clubs directly off of the main book club board, so later in the year the list would grow. My attempt to clean it up was to create a 2014 board to hold completed book club reads, keeping the current and upcoming book club boards where they were. I think this has caused more problems and likely to address something no one else had an issue with, so I am going to change it back. My guess is that you are looking in the 2014 board for the current book club reads.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2014, 07:47:51 PM »
Everything looks back to normal now, thanks!


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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2015, 02:51:50 AM »
I didn't want to create a new thread, but I think I may have found a solution for the US/UK publishing problem for books such as The Copper Promise or Smiler's Fair, etc. Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, though.

Book Depositry

It offers worldwide shipping (so far free but not sure if that lasts) for any book whether it's solely UK or US or anywhere else in the world. Don't quote me on Chinese specifics however or translations. It requires either a credit card or PayPal, so people wary of that might not enjoy this website. From what I've gathered, they might be a little more expensive than say, Amazon or B&N, but not too outrageous, especially considering what they're opening up trade wise.

Curious as to others' thoughts.
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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2015, 04:02:27 AM »
Great advantage of Book Depository is that it does Free Shipping on any book even cheap ones. For people overseas Amazon is prohibitive p&p often costs more than books, so I changed to Book Depository ages ago. It may be little more expensive but that is still less than shipping, books well packed and it may take week or so, depending where you live, but glad to recommend it.
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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2015, 04:08:45 AM »
Still more expensive than buying second hand off Amazon, which is what we do when we want a physical copy of something  :-\
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2015, 08:16:35 AM »
I use book depository sometimes too. Atm for example amazon said that it needs two weeks to ship a book and book depository (one euro more expensive) will have it at my place in three days. :)
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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2015, 01:56:21 PM »
Still more expensive than buying second hand off Amazon, which is what we do when we want a physical copy of something  :-\

I've recently started doing the same with Amazon. Usually I have to pay 4£ for a shipment to Portugal using Amazon.co.uk, but they usually have incredibly cheap second-hand books, so it still is more affordable than Book Depository. However, I think Book Depository doesn't treat their workers like slaves, unlike Amazon, so that is a big plus.
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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2015, 02:06:51 PM »
We can eliminate requirements for books if that is what people really want. I have mentioned before that the drawback of books not being released in the US or UK is that it eliminates library options for people. It also eliminates ebook and audiobook formats, and will make getting second hand books nearly impossible (though, with newer releases that is almost always a problem as well). I also realize that there are members that do not fall within either of these countries that may have these disadvantages every month. But the goal of the requirements was to try and make our selections easily available and affordable for the majority of members.

I know in the past we have had members that only participated when they could get the books from their local library. It's still not a guarantee everyone's library will have it available, but it is at least a possibility.

But, since I have heard more complaints around books not being eligible and participation lately has been quite low, perhaps I will just open it up. Nominate what you want, second what you want, just be sure to verify if it is available to you. Thoughts?
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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2015, 02:18:43 PM »
Still more expensive than buying second hand off Amazon, which is what we do when we want a physical copy of something  :-\

I've recently started doing the same with Amazon. Usually I have to pay 4£ for a shipment to Portugal using Amazon.co.uk, but they usually have incredibly cheap second-hand books, so it still is more affordable than Book Depository. However, I think Book Depository doesn't treat their workers like slaves, unlike Amazon, so that is a big plus.
Yeah it's usually the best deal you can find. Plus with Amazon Marketplace, most of the work is done by separate companies, so Amazon is basically just functioning as a shopping cart.
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2015, 09:07:03 PM »
Forgive me if I'm just completely blanking looking at the forum (very likely!) but what is the book for May? April is Pratchett, June is Kitschies. Where's the May book?
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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2015, 10:13:47 PM »
Forgive me if I'm just completely blanking looking at the forum (very likely!) but what is the book for May? April is Pratchett, June is Kitschies. Where's the May book?

Shoot, you are not blanking. That is 100% me. There was a bit of juggling to fit in the Pratchett month, then juggling again when the original book for April wasn't available in the US. So, Kitschies shifted to June for Pratchett, but when our April book was nixed, we slid Pratchett to April (instead of May) and I completely blanked on sliding Kitschies *back* to May from June.

So, hopefully that won't be a problem, as voting ends tonight, just two weeks before the month starts  :(
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Re: Book Club Q&A
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2015, 10:07:55 PM »
So June theme? How about thrillers? Summer is a great time to read a thriller on the beach and plenty of thrillers with speculative elements.
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