I joined the Science Fiction Book Club way back about 1973 and got 10-12 ‘free’ books but had to order at least 4 more over the next two (or so) years. It was actually quite a commitment as a newly married HM3 making a whole $98 a payday. But we (my future ex- and I) loved to read and we loved to read sci-fi.
I still have some of those books. Most of them; I think. Dragged them along every time I got transferred to a new duty station. Things stayed in boxes for a lot of years.
(Looking back now one has to wonder why we never found a used book store near by or a Barns & Noble (if they existed). We always cleaned out the local Library every where we went. Where the hell did we get the time (my ex- and I) to make 6 kids!?)
But, where I was originally going: I just stopped by sfbc.com and their “join us!” special is your first two books are $9.99 each (each!) and you can add additional books for $11.99 each. And doing a quick browse it looks like they may have an inventory of around 300 books. Maybe.
How things have changed. But I suppose that selling “hardback,” or a physical copy at all, can be challenging today. Even I switched over to a Kindle Paperwhite and have been slowly moving to electronic books. Haven’t bought a hard copy in a long time. Except for Manuals or Ham Radio related books that almost require a hard copy.
And I prefer it that way. WAY easier to move if one has to move. (Not that I have to worry about that. SWMBO has told me many times that I’m going to die in this house. Or Else!)
Someone needs to make a “book” smell that you can put a drop on the Kindle to at least make it smell right.
Actually, reading was the reason we needed two toilets in the house. Now it’s YouTube.
Hey, they have Killary’s “Hard Choices” listed under History & Military. Should be under Historical Fantasy but what do I know?
Anywho, SSDD around here. Contemplating making a dump run but that depends on how hard it’s raining. Spent way too much time with the Grunts to let a little rain stop me; but it’s sure nice being able to choose to get out in it or not. (Except for walking the dog every morning. He gets grouchy if we haven’t headed out by 0900. New things to sniff. New places to pee. Let’s Go!
Watching YouTube on how to make “schmaltz.” Just because. If the shit really hits the fan I’m going to be a nice guy to have around.