I'm not going to name the author, title or publisher, but I recently received a small press short story collection through the post and, quite honestly, if I had been the publisher I would have sent it straight back to the printer with an angry message.
It must be
one of the worst printed books I have ever come across. The pages have
been gummed in a most peculiar way, both too tight, so that the book is
difficult to open, and unevenly, so that the parts of the pages nearest
the spine have wrinkled. It is not a pleasant book to read, not because
of anything the author has written, but because it is difficult to hold
open and creaks in protest when you leaf through it. On top of this a
small number of the pages near the middle jut out along the outermost
edge like a blunt knife blade.
No printer's name included in the book, but definitely someone to avoid.
is a real shame, both on the small press that is trying to get itself
established and on the author who, if their copy is as bad as mine, can
hardly feel satisfied with what they have got.
As I say, the
publisher really should not have been willing to accept such sloppy work
from the printer and should have had the guts to send any copies like
this back to them. I just hope mine is an aberration, though I doubt it.
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