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jonnygold
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Isn´t it a shame that there are so many "magic" books out there sold
for 50$+ and look so cheap with their softcover. What about the mystery of magic books? I think it is more than a thing for learning tricks like a DVD.
What is your opinion?

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I really like softcover books. Depending on their binding, they definitely stay open better with cards in hand. Most of by oversized hard cover books have footprints marking my favourite effects.

I also found a lot of gems in softcover books that, for some reason, go unnoticed. Apart from a couple classics, if you ask people what their favourite books are, they'll mention one of many hardcover books. The few softcover books I have offer some great stuff.

It's been said many times that if you want to hide something, put it in print. I'd like to add wrap it in a softcover and hide it even more.

I also like soft tacos better. I don't think it's a trend, but maybe.
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Content is more important than form, but I have many old soft cover books where the cover is falling off or pages are slipping out. Hard cover books are much more expensive to produce especially if there is a color dust jacket and gold imprinting on the cover and binding. I found out how costly these could be from my experience publishing my new coin book.
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They also bump up the cost of the postage, another reason why publishers lean towards soft covers.
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I prefer hard cover books as they look more exquisite and more professional looking. They seem to last longer than soft cover books too.

I agree that the content is important too but the packaging is also a major factor.
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Oh that there was a copy of ECT in hardback...
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On 2005-09-17 09:37, PapaG wrote:
Oh that there was a copy of ECT in hardback...


Faber edition... lovely printing... Hardcover. Hardcover looks better. But let us not kid ourselves. A good magic book is a technical manual. Which should lie flat while studying it. Wire binding and plastic covers are ideal.
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When it came to publishing my book (and the ones in the future too) I was faced with the decision of hard cover or soft cover.

Basically it all came down to cost. To put a hard cover on a book, PLUS a dust jacket costs a heck of a lot more so this would bump the price up. Further still the added weight would bump up the postage, so no longer are you just paying $62.00, you find yourself paying $70, just for the sake of a hard cover.

On top of all this I wanted people to be able to follow along with me, so considered having the book spriral bound, so that it wold lay flat. After having a single copy ran at the printers I decided it looked to cheap for anyone to want to buy. The next best thing is the soft cover.

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I agree that spiral bound books do not look professional enough. At the least, softcover should be the way to go if not hardcover. Some hardcover books can also be made in a way that they can lie flat on the floor. Take the "Encyclopedia of Card Flourishes by Jerry". Its hardbound, weighs 5 pounds, and can be placed to lie flat on the floor while you practise whats being taught.

I know that the content is whats important but honestly, people do look at packaging sometimes. And we all love a nice looking book that can be stored properly after having read them.

Just my 2 cents
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jonnygold
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But where do you put your books and magic stuff? Do you have an own room for this or just a box? When you have your own room for your magic I would like to have an more "magic" ambience.
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Could you even imagine these books on soft cover:
Worlds beyond
Greater magic
Mneumonica

What a terrible thought.
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I'm surprised that more magicians (including me) don't use the cookbook covers which are hard covers with spiral binding. It's the best of both worlds.

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