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Harry Potter Boxed Set (Children's Edition) (Contains all 7 books in the series) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007

4.7 out of 5 stars 1,447 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747593698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747593690
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 14.2 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,447 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The listener is clutched by the throat' Daily Express 'Stephen Fry is "the Potter perfect narrator" ' The Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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It's time to PASS THE MAGIC ON - with brand new children's editions of the classic and internationally bestselling series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I spent a long time deciding which version of the paperback books to buy (the adult or children editions). Although the front cover art-work on the adult editions is more attractive (to me, as an adult), the print is terrible in comparison (tiny, blocky font on cheaper/rougher paper), and sadly makes the books feel very cheap. I went for the children's edition, and have not regretted it! The books in this edition are set on good quality paper, with a easy-on-the-eye font, and come in a sturdy flip-top cardboard case. Look no further!
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Format: Hardcover
I think most people considering purchasing this set have previously read some or all of the Harry Potter books. So we all like Harry. The question is do we like this set.

I read all the reviews here before I purchased. The comments about the quality of the paper, the binding, the small margins and font, the inconsistencies of the spines and the damage to the slipcase from shipping are all true.

That said, the set is fine.

This is not a set of a special edition or printing. These are the same editions that were recently sold separately to the mass market. The publisher has wrapped them in a slipcase and is selling them as a boxed set. Which is fine.

I would have been happy to pay extra for a boxed set with acid free paper, cloth bindings, etc. but it doesn't exist.

I would recommend purchasing the Bloomsbury Children Edition Boxed Set over this one. The paper and the bindings are the same but the margins and font are larger and there are illustrations (always a nice touch).

While I read and enjoyed the Scholastic editions, I would not recommend them. I was upset to find out they changed the author's language for the U.S. audience. Bad form.
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Format: Hardcover
Well, many have written about the stories of each book and if you are thinking in buying a boxed set you have probably read all that. So, I will just keep to this particular boxed set as an all.

The look of the boxed set as you can see it on the picture is quite close to what you get in reality. The books and case, being mostly black, give a very sober aspect to the set. The binding is reasonable. I still did not read The Order of the Phoenix (the largest volume) so I cannot say surely that it will handle the reading, but it seems it will.

As another reviewer pointed out the pages have very narrow margins which means they are a bit crowded with text. This influences negatively our first impression of the books. Nevertheless, as the stories are fast paced one tends to forget this issue. On the other hand having larger margins would surely mean breaking some of the largest volumes in two (or three) to keep them at reasonable dimensions.

The paper used is also of reasonable quality, yielding a nice flexibility and resistance. It would ease the reading if it was softer (a bit like Bible paper) as the books cannot be left open in any page.

All books have black dust jackets with Harry Potter written in embossed gold letters. Below the dust jackets there are plain black covers with gold lettering on the spine.

But, apart from the notes I left above, one must not forget the price one pays for this set. So the options taken regarding margin size, binding and paper quality are, I think, a compromise to attain such a reasonable price. And I would rate it as 5 stars. So, why am I giving 4?

The 4 stars are due to some details which I find could have been taken into account without interfering with the production costs.
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Format: Hardcover
I am an American, but I prefer the British version of this series, as in my opinion it is what was written. The box set came exactly as pictured and everything was in terrific condition. I would recomend this anytime.
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Format: Paperback
Everyone who has bought this box set needs to check that the books are correct to the covers, as the final book in the set we have received, The Deathly Hallows had the correct cover but was in fact The Half Blood Prince. As the returns policy is only 30 days we are unable to return the set for credit, so just be aware and check!!!!!
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Format: Hardcover
I really like this adult version of the Harry Potter book set. I checked all over the online bookstores here in the states and only found this set from a few stores. They all wanted much more than I could get it from Amazon UK and have it shipped over here. If you like the movies you will love the books. If you want the adult version of the hardcover set, save some money and get it from Amazon UK.

UPDATE:
I finished reading this set last year, and I just thought that I would post an update because I'm thinking of re-reading them (after I finish Lord of the Rings again). I really like the story, but my update is about the quality of the books. After I finally got to Order of the Phoenix, I'm a slow reader, I discovered that this book and the Half Blood Prince were damaged due to shipping, I can only presume. It was my own fault for not checking them all out first when I got them. I wouldn't have shipped them all the way back to the UK anyway. The damage to the hard covers aside, the books themselves after reading through them were printed very POORLY! I don't know if I just got a bad set or what, but the quality control for the books was really shabby. I had several printing problems where the print had faded or was not the right lettering in the word. I have really never seen anything like it. I actually had a whole page, I forget which book ("The Order" I think) where the previous page was repeated on the next page. It was very bizarre, and confusing when you are really getting into the story, to sit there and say "I've just read that". Anyway, the misprints, not the whole page, but the fading print and the misprinted words are a repeating theme throughout this book-set.

It is something that you can get over. I did anyway. Just beware that the quality can be poor, for what I thought was going to be a nice hardcover set. I'm moving my rating down from 5 stars to 4.
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