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Low stock ordinary FS editions

Editado: Dic 8, 2018, 5:52am

On the Folio Society's website, Patrick O'Brian's HMS Surprise on 25 September 2018 is showing 21 copies left.

Update on 8 December 2018 - 9 copies remain.

Dic 2, 2018, 12:27pm

- Murder on the Orient Express currently showing 38 copies left
- Charlotte's Web says out of stock, but it is still available as the E.B. White set with Stuart Little
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz currently showing 44 copies left
- Midnight Folk 47 copies left
- Greenwitch by Susan Cooper 18 copies left
- The Pink Fairy Book 18 copies left

Dic 3, 2018, 1:55pm

I just grabbed a Greenwitch -- somehow I had the other four but not that one.

Dic 4, 2018, 3:50am

>3 gmacaree: Lucky you. I bought Greenwitch and Over Sea, Under Stone in the last new year sale, but completing the set seems not feasible due to the egregious prices for the other three books on the secondary market.

Dic 5, 2018, 8:55am

Not exactly an ordinary edition but only 2 copies remain for Paradise Lost.

Dic 5, 2018, 9:16am

>4 c_schelle: The secondary market may yet yield to you, my other four were packaged on on eBay for (if I remember right) less then $100 not so long ago.

Dic 10, 2018, 2:02pm

Thanks for the tip about the Pink Fairy Book. I finally splurged and got it, when there were 11 left!

Editado: Dic 11, 2018, 5:08am

>>4 c_schelle:

I got "The Dark is Rising" in my favourite secondhand bookshop for £40. That was after one went for a mere £15 on Ebay!
I think that was about September last year or year before. So keep looking :-)

Dic 12, 2018, 11:01am

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian is shown as 'Out of Stock', although I assume this means 'Sold out'.

Dic 12, 2018, 1:36pm

>9 Chawton:

Could be either way - they've reprinted several times already.

Dic 12, 2018, 1:44pm

The Folio Society tends to move in mysterious ways … although I am not sure why this is so!

Feb 14, 2019, 2:20pm


Got an email regarding low stock items. There are about twenty-five titles. I ended up grabbing Crime and Punishment after skipping out on it during one of the sales last year.

Feb 25, 2019, 3:16pm

The Malay Archipelago is showing 52 copies.

Feb 25, 2019, 5:02pm

>13 just_visiting: That’s been a silent seller. Unfortunately it seems it will pass my library sans reprint.

Feb 25, 2019, 5:50pm

Would recommend the Malay Archipelago to anyone on the fence. It's beautifully done.

Feb 25, 2019, 6:14pm

>15 gmacaree:

Me too--the FS did a great job on this edition.

Feb 26, 2019, 1:34am

>13 just_visiting:

Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to buy that as soon as my in-progress order gets delivered. It's already overdue...

Mar 2, 2019, 7:01am

I just saw that there are only 2 copies left of At the Crossing-Places by Kevin Crossley- Holland.

Mar 11, 2019, 4:24pm

Hello All. New here, but, as a long time Folio Fan- digging all of the cool info and discussion! Can someone please enlighten me as to how one can see how many copies are left of a particular book in stock? I can't seem to find that number. I am in America, viewing the US site...

Mar 11, 2019, 4:49pm

>19 swintek:
Welcome to FSD and what will be a growing selection of superb books.
Low stock numbers only appear beside some books, mainly LImited Editions, usually beside the price on the book’s information page (see Queen Mary Atlas as an example).
It is very variable as to wether a number ever appears. Some books sell out without warning, others have a number when as many as 300 still remain.

Mar 12, 2019, 11:57am

>19 swintek:


If you look under the "Gifts" heading there is a "Last Chance to Buy" option. Most of these books have counters, but not all, and it is not a complete list of low stock books, unfortunately. One not on the list (discussed in another thread) is The Floating Admiral.

I have sent FS feedback about making the low stock listings complete (and more useful) and encourage others to do likewise.

Editado: Mar 12, 2019, 12:35pm

>21 wdripp:

Just following up on your advice about the "last chance to buy" category, The Floating Admiral is listed with 52 copies left. I'm on the UK site so that might make a difference, though why that should be continues to remain a mystery to me.

>19 swintek:

Welcome to FSD. Say goodbye to your bank balance :)

Mar 12, 2019, 2:27pm

>22 folio_books: I see it now too on the US site. They must have just added it. Their ways are a mystery to us all.

Mar 12, 2019, 6:47pm

Ah. Thanks all! There's a few horror titles (regular editions) that have been on my radar for quite awhile (Exorcist, I am Legend), and would hate to have them disappear before I had a chance to nab them (that's already happened to a few others over the years). Yep, feeling more broke than ever already..

Mar 18, 2019, 6:22pm

(hopefully) managed to order The Malay Archipelago. i say hopefully as ive been caught out before, ordering a book with a handful of copies left, only to be told by email (or sometimes not at all) that it had sold out!
my advice is to not hold out when the ticker hits 10 copies!

Oct 29, 2019, 10:14am

Would just like to add that the following books are close to sold out:

06 left Murder on the Orient Express https://www.foliosociety.com/row/murder-on-the-orient-express.html
08 left The Man in the High Castle https://www.foliosociety.com/row/the-man-in-the-high-castle.html
10 left The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie https://www.foliosociety.com/row/the-prime-of-miss-jean-brodie.html
12 left Lord Peter Views the Body https://www.foliosociety.com/row/lord-peter-views-the-body.html
13 left Paris in the Middle Ages https://www.foliosociety.com/row/paris-in-the-middle-ages.html
14 left The Renaissance https://www.foliosociety.com/row/the-renaissance-studies-in-art-and-poetry.html
28 left Wind, Sand and Stars https://www.foliosociety.com/row/wind-a-sand-and-stars.html
28 left Rogue Male https://www.foliosociety.com/row/rogue-male.html
31 left Conrad's Congo https://www.foliosociety.com/row/conrad-s-congo.html
38 left Amerika https://www.foliosociety.com/row/amerika.html
38 left Good Things https://www.foliosociety.com/row/good-things.html
42 left The Reason Why https://www.foliosociety.com/row/the-reason-why.html
47 left Restoration London https://www.foliosociety.com/row/restoration-london.html
48 left Disgrace https://www.foliosociety.com/row/disgrace.html

Oct 29, 2019, 5:41pm

Well, thanks to >26 SinsenKrysset: there is now one less of each of Orient Express and High Castle. Used the PMAG2 voucher to get 10% off and added Lord of the Flies, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, and Heart of Darkness to get to 5 books for free shipping.

Oct 30, 2019, 4:33am

"The Man in the High Castle" is sold out! "Lord Peter Views the Body" was sold out, but mysteriously got added a 20 or so more copies a couple of months ago. "America" is probably the slowest seller this year.

Mar 6, 2020, 5:49am

There are only 79 left on Jane Austens Northanger Abbey

Abr 29, 2020, 6:28am

>29 kb-42: down to eight copies at the time of writing.

Abr 29, 2020, 7:25am

>30 ubiquitousuk:

But the FS site, on one of its social media outlets, says it will return later this year.

Editado: Mayo 5, 2020, 12:47am

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? & A Scanner Darkly - 29 left.

Mayo 5, 2020, 4:46am

>32 bookfair_e: 25 now .. 24 when i buy one

Have followed it closely for a week now. Now is time to act for me ..

That one, and the Saxons !

I passed on Small Gods, can`t have them all, right !

Mayo 5, 2020, 8:13am

When I ordered mine, there were 18 left.
My wallet suffered a blow, haha. I paid shipping separately for each, as it was never in my plans to buy a second book.
Anyway, I hope I like the book. It'll be my first Philip K. Dick.

Mayo 5, 2020, 9:04am

>33 Pellias: Shame the paper is glossy and horrible, was really disappointed with it!

Mayo 5, 2020, 1:42pm

>34 Kainzow: only 3 left. Looks as if it won’t last until tomorrow to be able to be ordered and shipped with Summer Collection offerings.

Mayo 5, 2020, 2:37pm

2 now thanks to me.

Mayo 5, 2020, 2:37pm

Sold out when you read this (okay 1 left now, hurry)

>35 RATBAG.: You are disappointed with everything ! ;)) .. i will just have to wait and see my friend, but glossy paper are not amongst the favourites, i`ll admit that ..

Mayo 5, 2020, 4:00pm

>38 Pellias: Looking forward to your thoughts! But to be fair, aside from the paper, it is quite nice. :)

Mayo 5, 2020, 4:43pm

>35 RATBAG.: Shame the paper is glossy and horrible,

I appreciate that you dislike something about the paper used for Androids, but whatever that something is, the paper used for this edition is not a gloss paper, it is Condat Matt.

Sep 30, 2020, 10:02am

From one crisis to another .. (meaning always something to pay for) ..

The Folio Science Fiction Anthology, has a counter of 33 left. I am on the fence .. as always

Editado: Oct 12, 2020, 2:47pm

There is now a counter on The Call of Cthulhu. Currently at 89

Oct 15, 2020, 5:54pm

Cthulhu is dropping fast. I just added a copy to my Christmas collection order and the counter is now down to 31.

Oct 15, 2020, 8:06pm

Although the thread is titled ordinary edition, would we consider this to be one a Fine edition? The interesting material for the cover, which is similar to the binding of the LE’s solander box, along with the gilded top edge and nice endpapers for set it apart I think. It’s reminiscent of the Japanese Tales a bit.

Oct 15, 2020, 8:13pm

Traitor’s Purse is at 73 copies.

Oct 16, 2020, 5:46am

Nineteen Eighty-Four has 92 copies left. Although it is not showing a counter.

Oct 16, 2020, 3:39pm

Cthultu gone, Steppenwolf down to 15. Here's hoping that FS hire Dan Hillier again soon.

Oct 31, 2020, 3:45am

The 101 Dalmations is at 44

Oct 31, 2020, 6:56am

1984 showed up under last chance to buy. Do we know if they’re going to restock it?

Oct 31, 2020, 9:11am

>49 WishIReadMore_: I would not expect 1984 to be reprinted very soon. It was in its current iteration published in 2014 and only now has hit low stock. I’m not aware of any reprints while in stock.

Oct 31, 2020, 10:47am

>50 NLNils: Thank you. Perhaps I should have grabbed one yesterday when I caved and got the deluxe Sharpe’s Tiger. Too late now.

Oct 31, 2020, 11:01am

> 49 >50 NLNils: My copy of 1984 is a second printing from 2016. Whether a third printing will come only time will tell.

Oct 31, 2020, 11:13am

>52 Redshirt:

And mine is a third printing of 1984 from 2018 just purchased last month. So I think it’s possible it does get reprinted.

Oct 31, 2020, 12:52pm

Apparently 1984 is already out of stock. That was quick.

Nov 1, 2020, 3:12am

>48 AHub: "The 101 Dalmations is at 44"

That looks like it comes from the Top Of The Pops chart rundown...

Nov 1, 2020, 9:29am

I, Robot by Asimov seems to be at 51.

Will it finish before end of year sale? And will it be reprinted?

Nov 1, 2020, 10:39am

>55 InVitrio: Clever!
>56 sekhmet0108: I don't imagine they would put a book that's almost out of stock in the sale. Maybe they would. But if it's a book you want, now would be your best bet I think.

Nov 1, 2020, 12:47pm

>57 WishIReadMore_: I don't think that it will go on sale, but i just placed an order a few weeks back and would hate to place one just for this book. I wanted to wait till the sale when i will inevitably be buying some of the sale books and could add this book to that order. Also, if they are planning to reprint this then i could just wait for the next round.

I guess i will just have to keep an eye out and when the counter goes below 15, i will go for it. Would really hate to miss out on this one.

Nov 1, 2020, 1:16pm

>58 sekhmet0108: That makes perfect sense, sorry I misinterpreted what you meant.

Nov 1, 2020, 1:33pm

>58 sekhmet0108: they might do free shipping as a Black Friday deal. If it lasts till then that would prob be your best bet

Editado: Nov 1, 2020, 1:40pm

>59 WishIReadMore_: No worries. You are right...i might just have to buy it now. It has already dropped to 41!

>60 stopsurfing: Yeah...but i doubt that it will last a month. Last year the Black Friday Free Shipping was in first week of December.

Nov 1, 2020, 2:40pm

I, Robot is down to 38 already. I wouldn’t wait too much longer if you’re interested.

Nov 1, 2020, 8:01pm

Down to 18 now

Nov 1, 2020, 10:21pm

Going, going 13 left. It seems Folio Society has a lot of fans. One message of low stock and it’s a rush to checkout :)

Editado: Nov 2, 2020, 1:32am

I noticed I, Robot was low stock earlier last week, but neglected to say anything as I wanted to wait a few days before putting in another order. New month, new budget and all that. Just put in my order for it along with A Clockwork Orange since there's less than 100 left of that as well and a few other books to earn the free shipping.

Just four more left now.

Nov 2, 2020, 4:31am

I, Robot has now sold out. Bye, Robot.

Nov 2, 2020, 4:49am

>66 CLWggg: That made me chuckle.

Nov 2, 2020, 5:20am

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Nov 2, 2020, 7:33pm

>48 AHub:
Thank you alerting me to the low stock count on 101 Dalmatians. I have been wanting it for ages but I was waiting to add it to my Xmas sale order however I ordered it this morning when the number was now down to 30. Once again, much appreciated as I would have been sorry to miss out.

Nov 3, 2020, 6:17pm

56 copies of Traitor’s Purse left. It seems to be moving pretty slowly though.

Nov 3, 2020, 6:59pm

Ah, damn. I already placed two orders this month and wanted to give this book a try in December. Well, i guess i will have to let it go. Shame!

Nov 7, 2020, 3:55pm

101 Dalmatians is now temporarily out of stock, with more copies expected in December. There is an option to be notified via email on the website.

Nov 7, 2020, 7:41pm

>49 WishIReadMore_: Website now showing that 1984 will be back in stock in December.

Nov 7, 2020, 11:50pm

>73 Redshirt: Thanks, good to know!

Nov 16, 2020, 6:05am

Jurassic Park is now out of stock, but expected to be reprinted for December. That didn't take long at all!

Nov 16, 2020, 6:12am

This must be a new record for a standard edition selling out so quickly. I don't know whether Folio made a smaller print run than usual or whether demand was simply that high. I suspect the latter, they do seem to making a lot of right calls of late, at least where it comes to the more modern pop lit, financially speaking that is.

Nov 16, 2020, 9:53am

>76 wongie:

___________Charles Ede

Folio Society___________Modern Pop Lit

Ahh, the eternal triangle.

Nov 16, 2020, 10:12am

>77 boldface:

The triangle with the broken side.

Nov 17, 2020, 5:28pm

'Every Man for Himself' by Beryl Bainbridge is down to only 7 copies now for those who are looking to purchase it.

Dic 1, 2020, 6:46am

I see that SPQR by Mary Beard has now appeared on the last chance to buy page. Do you guys really think this is the last time to buy, or will they reprint the books immediately after its sold out? I remember buying the Hobbit and Silmarillion when they were on the last chance to buy page and then they were back in stock not long after they had "sold out".

Dic 1, 2020, 7:07am

>80 rossoneri: Tolkien is the exception to the rule. Mary Beard is a Folio favourite and her SPQR is a bestseller for FS, so you might be in luck. If you can't do without, put in the single book order today.

Dic 1, 2020, 7:18am

>81 NLNils: I just got a reply from Folio. It said: "Regrettably, there is no information available to suggest that SPQR will be reprinted in the immediate future."

So yeah, I will buy it now. Just wondering if perhaps it will be included in the Christmas sale...

Dic 1, 2020, 3:21pm

"Every Man For Himself" being down to 7 is the most amusingly appropriate title since "And Then There Were None" selling out.

Dic 1, 2020, 10:37pm

I wanted to buy this book during the Christmas sale along with other books. So I'll wait till then and if it goes out of stock by then there is nothing that I can do about it. For me standard shipping doesn't work and with 52 pounds for express shipping it just doesn't justify buying single books or a smaller batch.

Dic 1, 2020, 11:05pm

Fine, I bought SPQR (and the His Dark Materials trilogy, because I missed it last printing and didn't want to miss this one). Didn't intend to place another Folio order until the sale but I like SPQR and wanted the folio version to replace my regular.

Editado: Dic 2, 2020, 5:56am

>84 bookish_elf: How on earth can it cost £52 to send a single book by courier?

I am often sending abroad (as far as Australia) hardback FS books or even small sets of two books and it costs £30 to £35 by a reputable company like Fedex or UPS.

You can check this yourself on Interparcel UK by getting delivery quotes for a book weighing say 1 kg or 1.50 kg from SE1 2NQ (the post code of the Society) to your address.

Dic 2, 2020, 8:07pm

>86 English-bookseller: I made a mistake, I think it is 30 pounds for one book and 52 pounds for two or more books while buying through FS. And it makes no sense to buy just one book.

Dic 3, 2020, 4:16am

>87 bookish_elf: Understood, but even £52 for two books sounds steep unless they are both well over 1.50 kg each.

Dic 3, 2020, 4:51am

I bought on Abebooks from an English seller and shipping to Norway cost about 24 USD for the first book and about 16 USD for each additional book

Editado: Dic 3, 2020, 5:19am

>88 English-bookseller: Many Folio editions weigh more than 1.5kg. Furthermore, insurance can add a lot to the cost of overseas postage.

Dic 3, 2020, 5:47am

>85 katielouise: Same! Except I bought True Grit & Sharps Tiger to go with SPQR. Hoping Dark Materials will go on sale.

Editado: Dic 3, 2020, 6:24am

Miss Marple Short Stories is currently down to 69 copies. Out-of-print Agatha Christie FS titles tend to command high prices on the secondary market, so this one might sell out quickly - especially if its low stock status gets flagged up in the Facebook group!

Dic 3, 2020, 8:02am

>88 English-bookseller: The 52 pounds is for 2 or more books. So if you buy 100 books also it is only 52 pounds. The more books you buy the lesser the shipping becomes.

Dic 3, 2020, 9:25am

The UK website shows 330 titles, give or take. I don't count Limited Editions that are sold out.

There are 23 available limited editions, counting the Fine Press Classics bundle as a separate item.
10 regular titles are shown as out of stock.
48 regular titles are listed as sold out.
So assuming the out of stock might return (e.g. The Lord of the Rings) and the sold out probably won't, that leaves 259 regular editions.

12 regular titles are currently listed on last chance to buy.

In terms of what might go into a sale, there is quite a lot of old stuff (Spring, Summer, Winter anyone?) but 23 new titles from this year won't be on sale, and probably 50 first published in 2019 are unlikely to be.

18 available titles are priced under £30
88 are priced £30 - £40
86 are priced £40 - £50
28 are priced £59.95 - £80
28 are priced over £80

I'm betting the sale will concentrate on the older titles of course, but also on the lower priced items, leavened by some of the older sets / more expensive titles that they don't seem to shift.

Dic 4, 2020, 7:23am

I wanted to wait till the sale to get that Miss Marple Short Stories one, but it's already at 59. Doesn't look like it will last till end of the month. Damn. Should have added to my last order.

Still going to try and wait a little while. Once it drops below 20, i will go for it.

Dic 4, 2020, 10:43pm

I didn't want to miss out on Miss Marple. So even though I had also planned to place an order during sale, I ended up buying Miss Marple, SPQR and 7 other books. I'll buy less during the sales maybe. My only pain is having to pay 52 pounds in shipping twice. It was 45 pounds before and now an increase of 7 pounds in shipping. Ghastly to say the least.

Dic 4, 2020, 10:53pm

>95 sekhmet0108: I did not want to take that risk. If FS announces the book is low stock on its social media channels, then sometimes the books disappear in a matter of hours.

Dic 4, 2020, 11:38pm

>94 ranbarnes: Is there anyway to see on the Folio site when the book was originally relased? Or does one have to check the wiki's here on LT?

Dic 5, 2020, 3:25am

>98 hamletscamaro:
No, I had to cross reference to the wiki.
One other frustration is price changes. Obviously Folio does not explicitly publicise them, and I know Dr. Carter was reluctant to include prices in the listings for a lot of good reasons.
I'm tempted to keep a spreadsheet, noting sales, new additions, price changes from now on.

Dic 5, 2020, 3:32am

>99 ranbarnes:
Prices are only listed on the wikis for Limited Editions, but by referring to the Prospectuses and Catalogues listed for download on the wikis you can get the prices that were published in them. See here.

To quote what I wrote on the FSD wiki:-
"The prices of FS books vary from area to area of the planet. The FS has five pricing areas - UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Rest of World. The prices in the prospectuses and catalogues above cannot be directly converted as exchange rates vary with time, and prices in areas outside the UK tend to be higher when converted at contemporary exchange rates. The prices are current when the prospectus or catalogue is printed, but prices will vary, generally slowly increasing over the years, and decreasing with sales, so the catalogue prices are an unreliable guide to what a purchaser actually paid for a book. Books were sometimes significantly discounted in sales or given away as promotions. The catalogues and prospectuses on the wiki are there for information about the book rather than its price."

Dic 5, 2020, 3:41am

>100 wcarter:
Yes, I understand, as I said. I have actually started a spreadsheet, and I suspect the main effort is already done. I can only maintain in UK pricing though, without a huge amount of cross referencing, browsing different country versions of the website etc.

Dic 5, 2020, 4:45am

The King Must Die down to 4
Big Chief Elizabeth down to 6
Mark Twain Collected Stories now 16
The Prince in Splendour now 17
Maigret Set 1 now 20
George Orwell Life in Letters and Diaries now 21
Traitor's Purse now 36
Miss Marple Short Stories now 57
SPQR now 60
Rumi now 63
The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy now 67
The Prophet Leather edition now 94

Dic 7, 2020, 10:20pm

Well SPQR and Miss Marple hit 45 and 43 copies respectively and as I wasn't sure if they would make it to the Christmas sale, I went ahead and ordered now. That only gives me a slim window to order replacements if they are damaged in shipping to the US.

Dic 7, 2020, 11:47pm

The Shining is now at 86.

Dic 11, 2020, 2:15am

>97 bookish_elf: Where is it noted that a book in in low stock and why is that not on the FS website?

Dic 11, 2020, 2:41am

>105 Frank_Zwolinski:
It is on the FS site.
Most, but not all, books that are in low stock have a number left counter in red to the right of the price on that book’s page.
Check the FS Shining page and you will see what I mean.

Dic 11, 2020, 2:49am

>105 Frank_Zwolinski:

the Folio website has a page that does not have a link most of the time, but works on all the national sites as far as I know


Sometimes books are not included on that page, but do have low stock counters on their individual pages.

Dic 11, 2020, 9:45am

Rebecca is back on low stock and has already dropped by about 20.

Dic 11, 2020, 12:52pm

Folio announced on Instagram Rebecca was running out, but will be restocked in the new year.

Dic 11, 2020, 3:31pm

>105 Frank_Zwolinski:

I haven't found it on the Folio website since they updated it about a month back. It used to show up in both the fiction and non-fiction lists but now I just google 'last chance to buy folio society' and it pops up.

How do other folks navigate to it on the Folio website?

Dic 11, 2020, 4:00pm

>110 AHub: I don't believe you can get to it from the website, except there is a link under "limited editions" but the count is limited thereto. If you want to get to the page easily in the future, bookmark the link.

Dic 11, 2020, 4:23pm

For me, the last chance to buy category appears in the search preview, when I type "last" in the search field.

Dic 11, 2020, 6:17pm

just picked up one of the last Maigret 1 sets, im slightly surprised at how well this has sold, I thought it would be on the Christmas sale this year!

Editado: Dic 12, 2020, 9:44am


Rebecca - 61
The Prince in Splendour - 14
Traitor’s Purse - 31
Miss Marple Short Stories - 23
Big Chief Elizabeth - 6
Rumi - 27
A Life in Letters and Diaries - 15
The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy - 62
The Shining - 54
The Prophet (Leather) - 93
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci - 96
Mark Twain Collected Stories - 15

Dic 12, 2020, 11:01am

I am very temped to get the Rumi before it sells out - I even made it to checkout before second thoughts (shipping costs puts it over that psychological £50 barrier for a fairly small book) - but I've been looking after this since it came out and each time I look at the Barks 'translation'. The problem is that it's not Rumi. I was always hoping it would find its way to a sale, but that looks extremely unlikely now. I'm not sure that I'll ever regret passing on this one.

Dic 13, 2020, 8:15am

New to the section, Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.


Dic 14, 2020, 12:52pm

Rebecca down to 23 now.

That escalated quickly.

Dic 14, 2020, 1:06pm

> 117 FS already announced on Facebook or Twitter that "this edition will return next year" but warned that people who want it as a Christmas gift should buy it now.

Dic 14, 2020, 3:33pm

Miss Marple down to 6. Finally made up my mind and grabbed one

Dic 14, 2020, 3:40pm

>118 Redshirt: Yup. Just thought i'd let everyone know :)

Dic 15, 2020, 5:39pm

"Rumi" finished. Yes, I used inverted commas for a reason. No regrets missing out on this one. It's a shame they didn't use the Oxford version, but they clearly have a tie-up with Penguin at the moment.

Dic 16, 2020, 3:26am

Miss Marple has also sold out. (I feel half-inclined to make a lame joke about her having betrayed her principles, but I'll spare you that one...)

Dic 16, 2020, 4:13pm

Big Chief Elizabeth - 2
A Life in Letters and Diaries - 1
The Prince in Splendour - 11
Mark Twain Collected Stories - 14
Traitor’s Purse - 27
The Shining - 20
The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy - 56
The Prophet (Leather) - 93
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci - 90
The Spy’s Bedside Book - no counter yet
Selected Poems(Anna Akhmatova) - no counter yet

Miss Marple Short Stories - OUT OF STOCK
Rebecca - OUT OF STOCK

Dic 16, 2020, 5:24pm

>123 SinsenKrysset:

The Spy’s Bedside Book - 105
Selected Poems(Anna Akhmatova) - 105

Editado: Dic 18, 2020, 8:32am

Big Chief Elizabeth - 2
A Life in Letters and Diaries - OUT OF STOCK
The Prince in Splendour - 11
Mark Twain Collected Stories - 14
Traitor’s Purse - 27
The Shining - OUT OF STOCK
The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy - 56 (-1)
The Prophet (Leather) - 93
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci - 84 (-6)
The Spy’s Bedside Book - no counter yet (105?)
Selected Poems(Anna Akhmatova) - no counter yet (105?)

A Wizard of Earthsea - 99 NEW

Dic 18, 2020, 6:00pm

The Shining ran out quickly. I was just kicking myself for not including it in my early December order to ensure I snapped up Miss Marple, when I found a copy lurking in an unlikely spot in my library. It almost scared me. "Here's Johnny!"

Dic 19, 2020, 9:00am

Dang I was hoping that A Wizard of Earthsea would be on sale.

Dic 19, 2020, 11:24am

>127 warehouseisbare: Me too... it was the only reason i didn't pick it up with Miss Marple.

Real pity. This sale is going to be rather disappointing.

Dic 19, 2020, 1:42pm

>128 sekhmet0108:

Yeah I just hope they have some high interest titles thrown in. I’ve saved around 400 bucks which is a lot for me. If they don’t have anything interesting I definitely won’t be placing an order and will put that money somewhere else.

Dic 19, 2020, 4:37pm

>129 warehouseisbare: Your name has finally come into its own. They don't really have a whole lot of books available.

Dic 19, 2020, 9:28pm

>130 WishIReadMore_: haha! Nice one. I think they have plenty of books but they haven’t been around very long.

Editado: Dic 27, 2020, 11:28am

Big Chief Elizabeth - OUT OF STOCK
The Prince in Splendour - 10 (-1)
Mark Twain Collected Stories - 13 (-1)
Traitor’s Purse - 25 (-2)
The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy - 50 (-6)
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci - 73 (-11)
A Wizard of Earthsea - 75 (-24)
The Prophet (Leather) - 91 (-2)
The Spy’s Bedside Book - (105?)
Selected Poems(Anna Akhmatova) - (105?)
Life, the Universe and Everything - 98
His Dark Materials - 88

Dic 27, 2020, 9:53am

The Dark Materials is the UK version apparently. The US and Canada versions don’t show low stock (not sure about other countries).

Editado: Dic 27, 2020, 11:44am

>133 WishIReadMore_:

Probably because the BBC/HBO TV dramatized version (series 1 & 2) has just aired in the UK. Series 3 is chalked up for production in 2021, so expect a reprint in due course!

Edited to add HBO.

Dic 28, 2020, 9:06am

I have a question to you more experienced FS owners. I've been following the stock of several FS books over the months, making an excel spreadsheet, just to get an idea of how fast titles disappear. And how many are printed in general.

It's been discussed here the titles have been depleting without many new being added. I thought I'd make a bigger order during the sales regardless of whether the books I want get discounted. But seeing the numbers now, majority of those I'd like are so low in stock they will definitely get sold out during the upcoming sale. I'm not a millionaire so it will be some hard decision making.

My question is - do you think the more popular/famous titles, or ones published quite recently, are likely to be reprinted? For instance, Rebecca was sold out within a few months, yet The Blue Flower (despite being at half price during summer sales) was at 260 pieces at the beginning of the sale in June and still has 197 left right now, with 4 pieces sold over the last 3 months. Meanwhile, Nineteen Eighty-Four was at 140 pieces left 3 months ago and got quietly restocked (now at almost 1900 pcs). The same thing happened with The Arabian Nights (440->1450), Alice in Wonderland (500->2500), American Gods (600->2400) etc.

I'd think that business wise it's in the company's best interest to keep reprinting the titles people buy faster than they can print them but it's been pointed out here a few times there seem to be no guarantees when it comes to the FS publishing decisions.

Given the price of it all, I am now deciding between whether to get His Dark Materials or the Hitchiker's Guide series as all of those books are low in stock. I'd naturally assume the latter is more popular and has a better chance of reprint but don't wanna risk guessing wrong. I guess it also matters which one would be harder to get second hand (worst case scenario) at a reasonable price.
And then I also wonder about the classic titles by Austen or Brontë sisters (published recently) - those have only hundreds left so doubt they'll survive the sales. Are those likely gonna come back?

Dic 28, 2020, 9:59am

>135 santiamen: I am now deciding between whether to get His Dark Materials or the Hitchiker's Guide

As you have noted Folio's decisions are anything but predictable so the starting question for you is will they be reprinted? I think there's a good chance for both but when, in what format (boxed set of Hitchhikers rather than individual titles?) and for how much is anybody's guess. Personally I'd assume His Dark Materials has a far greater chance of being reprinted, almost certainly sooner than Hitchhikers. The current TV series of HDM has proved very popular and the third part of the trilogy is yet to come. Hitchhikers is not in the public eye so much. For a long shot, a His Dark Materials LE would not greatly surprise me.

Dic 28, 2020, 12:08pm

>135 santiamen:

All we can do is guess. I agree that it's likely that His Dark Materials will be reprinted, but nobody can be sure. I also think that the Austens have a fair chance of staying around for a while, but there are no guarantees. Personally, when I have to make these choices, one guideline is to think about which book (or set) is most important to me and which would frustrate me the most if I miss out on it. And of course the reverse. The rest is basically a gamble.

Dic 28, 2020, 12:16pm

>135 santiamen: Can I ask how you see the number in stock, if it's not on a "low stock" counter? Looking at the US site -- or the UK site -- I can only see that information when it gets to approx. 100 left. It would be quite helpful to know, for instance, that American Gods has 600 left as opposed to 2400.

Dic 28, 2020, 12:59pm

I think a counter should be added to each book. No matter if a book has 2500 copies or 100. At least readers and collectors could have a clear idea of what to purchase and when.

Dic 28, 2020, 1:18pm

>138 aeneax: You have to add books into your basket until the site tells you there are not enough copies to put in your basket. A quirk of the website discovered by members of the forum a while back, but a useful one. If you want to save yourself exact numbers, anything not coming up at 500 is presumed save (by me).

Dic 28, 2020, 1:55pm

>140 NLNils: That's exactly how I did it. It was annoying the first time, once I wrote down the numbers though I knew most books would have fewer copies the more time passes. It is then an exciting surprise to find out some of them had been restocked since the last count.

Thanks everyone for your insight. I'm honestly really surprised you feel that way about His Dark Materials - the show isn't a world phenomenon like GoT after all so I assumed once this batch was gone that's it.

I have about 15 books on my wishlist and doubt any of them will ever get any discount so it seems it will be a gamble.

Dic 28, 2020, 3:26pm

>140 NLNils: >141 santiamen: Thanks very much, both of you. That's very helpful. Best wishes, Happy New Year and happy reading/collecting

Dic 28, 2020, 3:38pm

Do you have any idea when will be the next sale? (I am quite a new fan of FS and I never saw one)

Editado: Dic 28, 2020, 3:53pm

>143 AuRaY:. Next week. Probably would have been going on now if not for Brexit/pandemic.

There are generally two big sales per year - New Year’s sale (starting around now, historically) and the summer sale (starting in late June, historically). The NY sale generally has varying discounts while the summer sale is 50% off.

They’ve had other offerings during the year that aren’t as consistent (eg fall set sale, mystery books in the spring, vouchers and the like).

Dic 28, 2020, 4:23pm

>144 Chemren: Brexit/pandemic. Say no more... My last order is stuck somewhere between UK and FR

Dic 28, 2020, 4:35pm

>135 santiamen: - My guess would be the Hitchhiker's Guide would be LESS likely to get a reprint, as His Dark Materials is a currently-airing series on HBO and may be pulling in new fans, and a lot of people entering the age where they have disposable income to buy nicer books grew up with the series and have never read THHGTTG (I run into a lot of twentysomethings who've never even HEARD of it). As well, His Dark Materials comes up decently often on the secondary market but I haven't ever seen the THHGTTG set, and you may run into the issue where there are a lot more of the earlier books floating around than the later ones. When I made this same decision earlier this year, I ordered THHGTTG for that reason. And then ordered His Dark Materials for Christmas lol.

Dic 28, 2020, 4:39pm

>135 santiamen: I would guess same as most. Heard of a lot of ppl only buying the first three in the HGTTG, so could see them only reprinting the first three and the last two becoming scarce.

Editado: Ene 8, 10:17am

These are the stock levels, as of about 1am UK time on the 7th Jan 2021, for for all books listed under the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories on the FS website: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fDJnR2mNPXM60Fg-BIsAypxSLoEK-QoLe9u33f87...

Ene 6, 8:52pm

>148 JamesMcMinn:
Welcome to FSD, and thank you for this fascinating information. It seems you have inside access to FS. Pity that the FS does not make this information generally available at all times.

Editado: Ene 7, 4:34am

>149 wcarter: no more inside access than anyone else, just a good understanding of how the web works and a few minutes of poking around the html and network requests to extract information that's readily available but not always displayed on the website.

I was mostly just curious to see what stock levels were like for a couple of books I'm interested in getting - I'd rather pay full price now than miss them if they disappear quickly in the sale!

Ene 6, 9:07pm

>150 JamesMcMinn:
James, if you could start a new thread with this information, and keep it up to date, many fSD members would be very grateful.

Ene 6, 9:22pm

>151 wcarter:

But then Mole will report it up the chain and FS will move to block the information leak!

Let our new Spy do his Spy stuff!

Ene 6, 9:26pm

>148 JamesMcMinn: very cool, thanks!

Editado: Ene 6, 9:36pm

>149 wcarter: Pity that the FS does not make this information generally available at all times.

That would probably eat into their sales. If people know there are over 2,000 copies of a book, they might leave the purchase for later even if they really want the book. I think for a merchant it makes sense to reveal stock numbers only when they get low to spark the fear of missing out and ensure quick clearance.

>152 treereader: Yep, that's what I worry about when devotees report various website holes and tricks - I know it's nice to share helpful info with others, but we all know the mole is always burrowing somewhere near and might move in to plug the unwanted holes... Let's keep it in this thread at least, and hope for the better.

Ene 6, 9:58pm

It's unlikely I will keep the list updated regularly as I'd rather not do anything that might harm FS sales. If it wasn't already very easy to estimate the remaining copies of individual books, I likely would not have published the list at all. However, with the sale coming up, I thought it would be worth getting it out so that levels are known going into the sale and to avoid disappointment if they go quickly.

Ene 6, 10:29pm

> Incredibly interesting information and certainly helpful to all who follow this site, thanks for your efforts. That said, I understand your concerns and, like others, I suspect that FS will try to prevent access to this information in the future.

Ene 6, 11:08pm

>155 JamesMcMinn:
I really appreciate you posting this list. For me it doesn’t make me less likely to spend money, just more likely to prioritize what I buy. I don’t see how that’s a big problem because there’s always a wishlist bigger than my budget so I’ll always be coming back for more later.

Ene 6, 11:19pm

Really great information to have invaluable many thanks.

Editado: Ene 7, 3:37am

>148 JamesMcMinn: Very interesting, thanks for posting. I'm sure this'll prompt an emergency meeting within FS towers, haha, particularly as it includes numbers for LEs which they've previously tried to hide. I note in particular that Herodotus has sold very well, down to 105 after only 2 months (glad I picked up my copy before EU VAT) while Babar has sold badly (as anticipated on this forum) with 486/750 remaining after 11 months.

Ene 7, 3:25am

>159 Levin40: LEs are often produced in much smaller batches than the regular editions, especially the ones in full leather. The fact that they have only 105 copies of Herodotus in stock doesn't necessarily mean that they sold 645 copies already. Another batch or 3 might be coming later.

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Ene 7, 3:37am

>160 elladan0891: Possibly, though the website has been saying 'over half sold' for a while now, so it would have to be quite a small last batch.

And it appears that they didn't apply this approach to Babar, which seems a mistake.

Ene 7, 3:54am

>162 Levin40: It could go either way, hard to say with LEs. What was the last batch of the Edda? Maybe about a hundred copies? I remember a few other LEs were also stocked in batches.

Ene 7, 4:09am

>148 JamesMcMinn: James

Thank you very much for your post. I suggest you have provided the best post on this group forum in 2020. Quite an achievement. Regards, Andrew

Ene 7, 5:18am

Well, thanks to the very helpful information from >148 JamesMcMinn:, I bought a couple full price titles that seem likely to sell out before the next sale (Hornblower 1 and Wizard of Earthsea), and added a few sale titles since I was already paying for shipping (Empire, She-Wolves, Secret Agent, and Guns, Germs & Steel)

Ene 7, 5:26am

>148 JamesMcMinn:

Very useful information. Am I right to assume it is not a complete list? I ask because the one and only book I tried to find, Guns Germs and Steel, does not appear. Have I just been unlucky? Or blind? Thanks.

Ene 7, 5:28am

>166 folio_books: there are two tabs in the spreadsheet, one for fiction and one for non-fiction. It appears on the non-fiction tab

Ene 7, 5:40am

>148 JamesMcMinn:
How can we have negative quantities?

The Farseer Trilogy: Signed Edition
Dune (Limited Edition)

Are all showing with minus quantities.

Editado: Ene 7, 6:21am

>168 N11284: I'm not sure how they ended up with negative quantities. The quantities are copied directly from the website, so there's no real maths involved on my part and no clue as to original quantities / number of sales. At a complete guess, the minus quantities might be reserved copies for competition winners or something of the sort where the sales stock was listed as 497 but they have 500 sales recorded with 3 that were went out as prizes?

Their website has checks to ensure that the stock isn't shown if the quantity is 0 or lower, so it's something they must expect: <div class="component-wrapper low-stock-wrapper" data-bind="if: qtyNotification() > 0">

Ene 7, 6:21am

>148 JamesMcMinn: Making a splash with your first post! Very useful resource which I immediately put to use. Thank you!

Editado: Ene 7, 6:47am

>167 jsg1976: there are two tabs in the spreadsheet, one for fiction and one for non-fiction. It appears on the non-fiction tab

Ah, thank you. Blind!

Edited to add: Which means, for the 4th sale in a row, nothing for me. With 960 left in stock and very likely few takers with the laughable discount I'm happy to wait for the Summer Sale.

Editado: Ene 7, 6:53am

>171 folio_books:

I was about to purchase Guns Germs and Steel and Yangtze Valley but you are right I doubt that many copies will sell before the next sale which most likely will be a much better discount.

Ene 7, 7:17am

>171 folio_books:
>172 Charon49:

So, the posted list is already starting to cost Folio society some money. I knew exactly how many copies of this book are left, even before JamesMcMinn's post, but I am still considering to buy it.

Ene 7, 7:21am

>173 Mujaddadi: I knew exactly how many copies of this book are left, even before JamesMcMinn's post, but I am still considering to buy it.

Which is fine, if you think it's worth what they're asking for it. I don't, which is why it's on my "waiting for a sale" list. At half the current price I'd buy it.

Ene 7, 10:20am

>148 JamesMcMinn: Fascinating information. Thanks for sharing!

Interesting to see how their print run sizes compare. 6000+ copies of Game of Thrones left; but only 1700 copies of Storm of Swords.

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Ene 7, 7:36pm

>175 LondonLawyer: It shows that majority of people abandon the series after the first book.

Editado: Ene 8, 3:26am

>177 bookish_elf: Indeed.

My other observation is that they've transitioned to much smaller print runs and, in future, we are likely to see fewer mountains of slow moving stock destined for deep-discount sales. The days of simply "waiting for the sale" to get your 50% off almost any title may be a thing of the past.

Ene 8, 6:12am

>177 bookish_elf:

Not necessarily, whilst there is some drop off, for later books and hence a smaller production run, such a large drop off is probably because the books were not released at the same time and so swords is probably on its first printing, whilst GoT is on at least its second and given the number there I expect a new printing was just released.

Ene 8, 7:57am

>178 LondonLawyer: Yes very true, also with the pandemic their sales might have increased in 2020 with more people being forced to stay inside. FS is certainly having a better grip on its stock of late, so the days of plentiful discounting might indeed be a thing of the past.

Ene 8, 9:26am

>179 Juniper_tree: This was my interpretation as well. GoT could even be on its third printing now, which would make sense given the 6,000 count. Storm of Swords just got released.

Ene 8, 6:07pm

Well I was thinking of getting "London & New York" with this sale, but with shipping going up to $80 USD to the States I'm having second thoughts. I know their shipping prices went up for the logistics companies, but maybe I'll just hold on to my cash. I'll have to read the reviews again.

Ene 9, 7:43am

I couldn't resist picking up Life, the Universe and Everything when I saw it had 42 copies remaining. It felt like a sign.

Editado: Ene 9, 6:27pm

>171 folio_books:
Which means, for the 4th sale in a row, nothing for me. With 960 left in stock and very likely few takers with the laughable discount I'm happy to wait for the Summer Sale.

I've done exactly the opposite: my only purchases over that period have been in the four sales!

My attitude to Guns, Germs and Steel in ordering was that the price hasn't changed since it was first issued 3 years ago, and that £40 isn't much more than an increasing number of trade history publications are now selling for (at least, before discounts). The nominal discount is not massive (I wouldn't describe it as laughable*), but the effective discount is greater with the lack of price movement since publishing. This may seem contorted thinking, but I think that sort of consideration does now come into play given the FS's price inflations (less so with non-fiction, it is true). It is certainly now more within the price range of 'Everyman', which IMO it wasn't when it first came out. I suppose, also, given that I have only about half a dozen books on my wishlist (of which I've bought 3 in this sale), I have slightly more leeway on how much I feel I can spend on any one book (especially given that I've sold rather more than bought in the past six months!).

Having said that, I wasn't aware of the largeish stock numbers, which do suggest that there are enough to carry over into a future sale at a higher discount, so I'm sure you will benefit from waiting.

*What I do find laughable are prices for books like Beyond The Wall, in the sale at £25.75, which I bought in the last Christmas sale for £8. I really don't see what the FS are playing at with that sort of approach.

Ene 9, 8:20pm

Vita Nuova now sold out.

Ene 12, 6:13am

The Silmarillion just popped up in the US store as ‘last chance to buy’ with 140 copies left. Would anyone care to join me in wild speculation that a revised LOTR edition is being planned? I thought FS continually published these books. Maybe someone with more FS experience could enlighten me?

Ene 12, 7:48am

>186 ntenBroek: It will be reprinted. Even Lord of The Rings were OOP sometime back. So most likely not.

Ene 12, 9:52am

>187 bookish_elf: Good to know. :-)

Ene 15, 3:07pm

After noticing that The Left Hand Of Darkness is on its final countdown I contacted customer service (who seem to never sleep) and they said that they have no plans at present to print another run. If anyone has been thinking of getting it, now might be the time.

Ene 15, 6:27pm

Hornblower set 1 down to 99 copies.

Ene 15, 11:49pm

>186 ntenBroek: LOTR just went out of stock after a last chance to buy and then reprinted a couple of months later. I bet the same will happen with the Silmarillion.

Ene 16, 2:56pm

>189 l.gallagher: wow that’s surprising considering they have the “best seller” label on it. Interesting. The more I’ve read about the book I just think it’s not for me. It does look lovely though and I may come to regret not purchasing.

Ene 16, 8:42pm

>192 warehouseisbare: It wasn’t on my list of absolutely must-gets but I figured since there was very little in the sale for me, and if it’s not being re-printed any time soon, I could justify taking a punt on it.

Ene 16, 9:07pm

>189 l.gallagher: Thanks for the heads-up!

Ene 16, 10:18pm

Mixed messages from folio with the Facebook group posting a screen shot from customer service saying they are reprinting it so bit of a mystery.

Ene 16, 11:17pm

With the success of Jurassic Park I think it’s possible the print The Lost World or something else by Crichton. More predictions: another Lee Child book and maybe another Stephen King book.

Ene 17, 12:00am

>196 warehouseisbare: They need to do the "Dark Tower" series by Stephen King! I'd buy in a heartbeat.

Ene 17, 7:17am

Absolutely love Left Hand of Darkness so bought it even though I try to only have one copy of each book in my collection and now will have three.

Also bought The Dispossessed, The Prophet, Folio Book of Short Stories and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Really needed a pick me up, and looking forward to the two orders I have on the way!

Editado: Ene 19, 4:13pm

Between the 7th of Jan and early this morning...

The following have sold out:
- The World Turned Upside Down
- Letters of Vincent van Gogh
- The Gastronomical Me
- The Last White Rose
- The Spy’s Bedside Book
- The World’s Heritage
- The Prince in Splendour
- His Dark Materials
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
- The Spy’s Bedside Book
- A Wizard of Earthsea
- Mark Twain Collected Stories

The following have fewer than 100 copies remaining
- (7) The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
- (12) The Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish Painting
- (35) The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy
- (53) The Royal Academy of Arts
- (61) The Zimmermann Telegram
- (80) The Histories
- (89) Decorating with Plants

- (10) Voyages to the Moon and the Sun
- (14) Life, the Universe and Everything
- (21) Traitor’s Purse
- (51) Empire of the Sun
- (51) Letters from Fairyland - Limited Edition
- (52) Winter
- (52) The Left Hand of Darkness
- (70) Love is Enough
- (72) Ghost Stories
- (75) So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
- (80) The Histories
- (89) Selected Poems
- (89) The Prophet (Leather)
- (90) The Mark of the Horse Lord
- (91) The Oxford Shakespeare: Julius Caesar
- (93) The Hornblower Set 1: Mr Hornblower
- (94) The Pilgrim’s Progress
- (96) The Silmarillion

The top 10 selling non-fiction books were (highest first):
- An Omelette and a Glass of Wine
- The World Turned Upside Down
- Letters of Vincent van Gogh
- The Great Escape
- Empire
- The Qur’ân
- The Dam Busters
- King Leopold’s Ghost
- Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

The top 10 selling fiction books were:
- Jurassic Park
- Brideshead Revisited
- Twelfth Night
- A Tale of Two Cities
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Ghost Stories
- How to See Fairies

Both The Lord of the Rings and How to See Fairies appear to have received stock.

Ene 19, 5:18pm

>199 JamesMcMinn: thank you for putting your IT knowledge to use to give us these stats! Im sure I’m not the only one who appreciates it! You don’t happen to have an updated Google Docs sheet with current stock on it also, do you?

Ene 19, 6:52pm

>199 JamesMcMinn: I will second. Thanks for this. Very interesting and very useful. Among the interesting facts is that the top selling fiction book during the sale is a book not on sale. Clearly they hit a winner with Jurassic Park. Same with Howl's Moving Castle, which, like JP, is already on its second printing.

Editado: Ene 20, 8:23pm

>199 JamesMcMinn:

Small correction: His Dark Materials did not sell out during the sale. There are currently 528 copies in stock under Product ID 3078, rather than 3069.

Edit: Never mind, His Dark Materials sold out for the UK/Australia/ROW, but it is still in stock for the US/Canada. There are different versions since the title of the first book in North America is "The Golden Compass" instead of "Northern Lights."

Ene 20, 8:01am

>199 JamesMcMinn: Thanks for this! It seems like Folio is going to have to some significant reprinting of out of stock titles and/or large new publication catalogs to restock their selection, it seems like it's getting pretty thin.

Ene 20, 7:05pm

>202 sdg_e: Is that applying to a specific country setting? Because it's definitely sold out for the UK and offers only an option to get notified when it restocks in April.

Ene 20, 8:06pm

>204 santiamen: Oh yeah, strange. It's in stock for the US and Canada, but out of stock for the UK, Australia, and ROW.

Ene 20, 8:08pm

>205 sdg_e: I think there are two versions of it with different names for one of the volumes?

Ene 20, 8:25pm

>206 RRCBS:

Ah yes, that also explains why I was getting a different Product ID than JamesMcMinn when doing my stock checks. I didn't realize the first book was originally called Northern Lights before it was published in North America.

Ene 22, 6:38am

I didn’t realise FS had stuck with the name change of Northern Lights in the US.

I can only assume the original publisher insisted on this, otherwise it’s a missed opportunity to restore the correct title. If the Beatles can eventually get their albums released properly in the US, then surely FS can do the same!

I wonder if this also means the US version of the Amber Spyglass still has the redacted text as well, lest innocent American minds be corrupted?

Editado: Ene 22, 10:18am

It's a Milton thing - like His Dark Materials, The Golden Compasses comes from Paradise Lost.

mentalfloss.com says:

"Pullman first called his series “The Golden Compasses,” a reference to a line from Milton’s epic poem: “The golden compasses, prepared / In God's eternal store, to circumscribe / The universe, and all created things." The “compass,” in this case, referred to the tool used to draw circles, not the one that indicates direction. After Pullman submitted the first book’s manuscript to U.S. publisher Alfred A. Knopf, editors there mistakenly referred to it as The Golden Compass, thinking the name a reference to young Lyra’s alethiometer. The name stuck, even after Pullman informed them that the title in the UK and elsewhere would be Northern Lights. Rather than fight with Knopf, though, Pullman acquiesced: “Their obduracy in this matter was accompanied by such generosity in the matter of royalty advances, flattery, promises of publicity, etc, that I thought it would be churlish to deny them this small pleasure.”

In fact, the entire mentalfloss article is fascinating and is worth reading by anyone interested in Pullman's work:


Ene 22, 12:50pm

>208 Uppernorwood: Could you elaborate on the difference in content in The Amber Spyglass? Specific chapters or paragraphs?

Ene 22, 12:59pm

>210 Inceptic:
The mentalfloss article is quite specific.

Editado: Ene 22, 3:43pm

>210 Inceptic:
In addition to the mentalfloss article, which specifies the chapter and content, skullduggery typed up the differences in this post from ten years ago: https://www.librarything.com/topic/122599#2891229

I have yet to purchase His Dark Materials from FS. If anyone has the US/Canada version, would you be able to tell us which text version is used?

Editado: Ene 22, 3:50pm

>208 Uppernorwood: I checked my copy of The Amber Spyglass (third printing 2018), and it has the “uncensored” text. It’s in the “Golden Compass” version of the set (I’m in Canada).

Ene 22, 3:51pm

>213 Mooch360:

Thank you! That's heartening to hear, and I look forward to reading the trilogy whenever I get around to purchasing the set.

Ene 29, 7:38am

Homer's Iliad is on the last chance to buy page. Is that a book that they usually reprint or do you guys think it's better to buy it now? I've looked around on Ebay and there I see earlier editions of what appears to be the exact same Iliad edition.

Like this one which is from 1996: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Folio-Society-1996-Homer-Iliad-and-1998-The-Odyssey-w...

Ene 29, 8:01am

>215 rossoneri:

I've got the older edition and the way I remember it, there's a difference: The older version was bound with leather as opposed to cloth like the new edition. So yes, it was reprinted, but 'downgraded' with regard to the material. Whether they reprint it again is anyone's guess. But if you prefer leather, the only way to go would be a used copy anyway.

Editado: Ene 29, 2:07pm

Here is an odd anecdote about W. E. Gladstone and Homer's world.

Gladstone has some claim to be our greatest ever Parliamentarian. He had a brilliant mind, seemed to have been inexhaustible and had many various interests from assisting fallen women to Homer.

It was Gladstone who studying Homer made the extraordinary discovery that classical Greeks had no word for the colour blue.

So when classical Greek writers described the sky or the sea, they came up with all sorts of words, but never the equivalent of our word blue.