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Deckle me not

Spotted on Amazon on some new hardcover book listing:

This Book Is Bound with "Deckle Edge" Paper. You may have noticed that some of our books are identified as "deckle edge" in the title. Deckle edge is when the pages of a book are made to resemble handmade paper by applying a frayed texture to the edges. Deckle edge is an ornamental feature designed to set certain titles apart from books with machine-cut pages.

...They do that on purpose? And here I thought such books were just cheaply made and sloppily left unsmoothed. Give me machine-cut any day if deckle-edge is your idea of ornamental.

And actually I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers anyway. So there.

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ladymurmur
Nov. 5th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
And actually I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers anyway. So there.

And I strongly prefer NORMAL sized paperbacks over this new trend for extra-tall paperbacks. My purses and book covers, and indeed my bookshelves have all been purchased or configured around standard sized paperback books. The extra-tall pb's spoil everything. (end rant)
mollyringle
Nov. 7th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah--those new paperbacks are often very pretty, but they're a bit too big. I prefer mass-market paperback size and secretly (or I guess not so secretly) wish my own novels were printed as such!
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mollyringle
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
I have a new business idea: people can pay me to leave their books out in the rain and let them dry in the sun and wind. They'll look really old then!
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mollyringle
Nov. 7th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's some creative enterprising! I'm surprised they stay in business.
archersangel
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
This Book Is Bound with "Deckle Edge" Paper. You may have noticed that some of our books are identified as "deckle edge" in the title. Deckle edge is when the pages of a book are made to resemble handmade paper by applying a frayed texture to the edges. Deckle edge is an ornamental feature designed to set certain titles apart from books with machine-cut pages.

i figured it was some fancy-pants thing or someone trying something different.
mollyringle
Nov. 7th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Evidently it is. :)
neadods
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I always thought it was the sign of something cheap too. I hate it, because it makes the pages harder to flip through.

Edited at 2009-11-06 02:56 am (UTC)
mollyringle
Nov. 7th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Indeed it does. Good point!
shmuel
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
...conversely, I confess I'm amazed Amazon has to explain this. The most evocative line in The Westing Game for me is near the start: "And she'd have stationery made -- blue with a deckle edge, her name and fancy address in swirling type across the top: Grace Windsor Wexler, Sunset Towers on the Lake Shore."
mollyringle
Nov. 7th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I love that book! But never knew what "deckle edge" meant, nor did I even notice it, to my recollection...
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