I must admit I was hesitant to purchase this set. I had let a friend-of-a-friend borrow my hardcover copy of Blink...and never got it back. Gladwell's books all have a certain clean "look" to them, and this set did not appear to keep up with that appearance. As I did not own Tipping Point, I took it upon myself to order this particular box set of Gladwell books instead of picking up individual books -- I am incredibly impressed with what I received.
I do not want to downplay the quality of the typical hardcover prints of these books, as the quality is fine. But the quality of THIS set is much better, in my opinion. First of all, as the books do not have dust covers they have a nice texture to the cover. Second, these books are noticeably bigger -- while the width is simliar, these books are around an inch taller and a half-inch deeper. Third, the paper used for the book feels to be a better quality -- thicker to the touch, feeling as there is more to them (I routinely felt like I was turning multiple pages when I was only turning one). Also, in this version, you do get some drawings by Brian Rea throughout the books -- a nice addition. I happened to note that this set was printed in Italy, while the traditional hard cover books were printed in the USA (this matters to some people).
I have to say I am incredibly pleased with my purchase. If you are a fan of Malcolm Gladwell and your books are showing some wear, I would not hesitate to recommend you treat yourself to this set. They'll look great on your desk, on your book shelf, or in your hands.