There is something special about a book, and there is something very special about a quality printed book. The type is dark and sharp and the acid-free paper has a special feel to it. I have a growing library of books that is gradually taking over the house. When I have a choice and can afford the better book, I will always buy the quality choice. I favor books from these four suppliers: Franklin Library (no longer in business), Easton Press, the Folio Society and Subterranean Press. This post was inspired by the receipt yesterday of Phases of Gravity by Dan Simmons from Subterranean Press. Originally published in 1989, the book was republished in 2011.
It is possible to buy directly from the publishers, except for Franklin Library. However, I also shop for bargains at Amazon and eBay. Just search for the preferred publisher and prepare to be surprised at the results. I particularly enjoy classics like Anthony Trollope and Joseph Conrad from the Folio Society, and Joe Lansdale, Dan Simmons and Cage Baker from Subterranean Press.