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Fantastic enlightening book, but poor Penguin print quality (2010 edition).
on 15 July 2016
Enough has been said about the book itself, by Kakuzo Okakura, and I don't feel I can add anything of value to this.
I wanted to briefly mention that the disappointing quality of this edition highlights Penguin's long recognised problem of spotty quality. The paper here is very cheap, making the book floppy and the cover is made from a cheap glossy stock. Inside, the text looks like it's been printed on as cheaply as possible, is blurry and a faded black. I own a lot of the Penguin Classics and have noticed that the quality isn't the same across, which is disappointing. The quality ranges from perfectly sharp text printed on good quality paper and a nice cover stock, to books that look almost like fakes in comparison. Penguin is a respected publisher and I expected better, especially for the expensive £8.99 cover price of 'The Book of Tea'. Maybe they've become too big, so poor quality slips through, unnoticed.