New year, better paper

A few years ago we were made aware that some of our books had problems with the binding. Before this, we had heard about maybe 10 books out of hundred thousand, which is not enough for being worried. Now people told us it was ten out of the hundred books they had bought from us. A 100-fold increase in the problem! From 0.01% – a bad luck, please get a replacement from your vendor and they will get one from us – situation, to a “holy cow!”, this is actually a problem!

So, we decided to go for the sturdier sown binding. It is more expensive and our printer advised against it, finding it overkill, although happy to take our money of course. We have not heard of any problems since then.

Going into 2018 we decided to make another change and go from 80 gram paper to 90 gram paper. The 80 gram paper we were using would no longer be produced and we looked at the options, deciding to go for the higher quality materials. There are some pros and cons to this decision, but so far we are going to stick with it. The con is about packing. We will be able to put less books our boxes and thus have to pay a bit more for shipping. It is also more expensive. On the other hand the books feel and look better. Even if big. We would like your feedback on this when you get access to the new books. The first will be Avrukh 2A and Thinking Inside the Box paperback, both out on Wednesday, January 17th.


26 thoughts on “New year, better paper”

  1. I only buy hardcover books from you and there is no doubt that the production quality of your books is the highest I have seen in recent years among chess book publishers. And the pricing always seemed reasonable and fair to me too, again compared to other publishers.

    A better paper quality is of course welcome but I hope the books do not get much more voluminous since some of them are already quite heavy, not only in content ;-).

  2. They will not be more than 1/8th heavier, but their size will increase with maybe 20%. Same number of pages, just a bit more air in there someway.

    I should say that we have not increased our core price since we started in 2004. This will probably not continue, but at the moment we are focusing on finishing books…

  3. Jacob Aagaard :
    They will not be more than 1/8th heavier, but their size will increase with maybe 20%. Same number of pages, just a bit more air in there someway.
    I should say that we have not increased our core price since we started in 2004. This will probably not continue, but at the moment we are focusing on finishing books…

    As long as you do not produce books in the 700+ pages range any more this is not a problem. But I fear “Playing 1.e4 – Sicilian & French” might become a monster of a book.

    And I´m certainly okay with a small increase of your core price after 14 years…

  4. I fully agree – a price increase is perfectly reasonable anyway after such a long period of stable prices. Some of your competitors are asking the same price for a paperback as QC for a hardcover! And with lesser quality authors as well…

  5. Jacob,

    As much as I hate paying money for anything, I’d rather pay for a good quality book which, like a good tool, will last for quite a while.

    Its a good investment.

  6. After the binding issue, I started buying all hardcover books. I inadvertently purchased Playing 1 d4 d5 in paper back. The binding in that book is superb. It is a 1000% improvement. I still like the hard back and will buy most in that format. But that book convinced me that future paper back books would be fine. I purchased Sharp Endgames in paperback as it does not appear to be available in hard back. What a fantastic book. The binding quality is great, the content is great. We all want QC to keep providing great material. Please pass your cost increases along. Please make sure you charge enough for postage for those of us that order from the U.S.

  7. I am also all for improving the (already splendid) quality, even at a small increase in price. I love the format of your hardcover books, so please don’t trade that in for thicker paper. Adding thicker paper on top of what you already have is of course only seen as a plus, perhaps with the only exception that my bookshelf will run out of space 16.667% faster

  8. No obvious place to put this, but though someone might find interesting so here is as good a place as any. Very interesting story on Fischer today on the Chessbase website – 10th anniversary of his death. Contains the following section, where the author (Gardar Sverrisson) talks about a chess session with Fischer
    “In place of this depressing Colle System he now wanted to show me a position in the Queen’s Indian Defense that had come up in a game Smyslov had played in the 1947 Soviet Championships. That game was to be found in Romanovsky’s magnificent textbook.”

    Looking at my copy of “Soviet Middlegame Technique” it would seem Fischer was looking at the game on p11 Klaman-Smyslov, which has a Queens Indian type structure, but is not strictly that opening. Obviously this being 2007 this was not the QC edition he used!

  9. @Jacob Aagaard
    Just received GR2A. The new paper is like one of those classic books. (I am not suggesting that QC go to leather bound. Just a compliment.) I have handwritten notes all over my other opening books, even QC. I am afraid to write on this one. Don’t want to mess up perfection.

    Question, with the new binding for the paper back books. If some of the older paper backs are reprinted will they have the new binding? My current specific interest is the older Lund books? Sharp Endgames has been a page turner. Is that something that would be clear from the ordering process? For example, it could just state reprinted in 2018.

    BTW, I also looked at the postage on GMR2. I will work out the donation at some point in the not too distant future. Its not really a donation, it is doing the right thing.

  10. @Doug Eckert
    The donation is primarily a good sense of humour and the understanding that we do what we can. You are already there.

    Yes, reprints would be on the new paper. I shall not go into the technical aspects of the publishing business, but there are no viable alternatives to that.

  11. I always get hardback editions when possible, think the slightly higher price is justified by better quality book. As somebody in thread already noted, Sharp Endgames seems only available in paperback. Is that because thought not enough interest in this type of book to justify the more expense of hardback?

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