Special Edition Harry Potter Paperback Box Set Paperback – 27 Aug 2013
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Very pleased arruved on time and looks lovely in uts presentation box . My daughter was so happy. Much cheaper than other box sets out there.Published 2 days ago by Calpe 1970
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happy with the collection of books for my boy.he is now well on his way to complete the whole set.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Harry Potter books have been a favourite of mine for as long as I can remember, I have read all the books (multiple times) and watched the films more times than I can keep... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Holly Fisher
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