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Changed appearance, prices and other issues

September 3rd, 2009 21 comments

In our next release, Champions of the New Millennium, we have  changed the type of paper we are using. Instead of the usual Multioffset paper, we are using the classier Galerie paper. This works very well with the colour photos in the book and makes the book.

The quality of the paper made me think about the pricing of our books. In 2004, we charged 24.99 euros for Experts vs. the Sicilian, today we are charging 24.99 for the GM Repertoire books as well as this new (colour photo) book. You would think that in a world where prices are increasing rapidly, that this should slowly move us towards the cheaper end of the spectre, but this appears not to be the case.

Gambit and Everyman have lowered their prices, as they are operating their business in pound sterling. They can do this because they print in the UK and distribute from here as well. We are printing in Estonia and distributing from Poland, so our expenses are in euros only. Compared to for example New in Chess and Chess Stars, Quality Chess are actually cheaper.

It should of course be mentioned that the books from Gambit and Everyman, which cost 18.99 or 19.99 euros, are usually 128-160 pages on low quality paper. Compared to these, a 456 book on high quality paper, should not be 24.99, but 49.99…

All in all, the world has turned and left us here. But I am actually quite happy with where we are standing. Maybe we will stay here a little longer…

Here is the latest publishing projections. The main change in dates is because of the IM-tournament in Edinburgh starting the 12th, that we are not only sponsoring, but also means that we have to be without Andrew for a week.

SEPTEMBER
9th    Ftacnik, Kopec & Browne    Champions of the New Millennium
9th    Mihail Marin    Grandmaster Repertoire 3 – The English Opening vol. 1
OCTOBER
14th    Marin/Garrett    Reggio Emilia 2007/2008
14th    Tibor Karolyi    Genius in the Background
14th    Boris Avrukh    Grandmaster Repertoire 2 – 1.d4 Volume Two
28th    Jacob Aagaard    Attacking Manual Volume 2
28th    Jacob Aagaard    Attacking Manual Volume 1 2nd edition
NOVEMBER
15th    John Shaw    Quality Chess Puzzle Book
15th    Boris Alterman    The Alterman Gambit Guide – White Gambits
15th    Artur Yusupov    Boost your Chess 1
DECEMBER
1st    John Shaw    The King’s Gambit
1st    Lubomir Ftacnik    Grandmaster Repertoire 5 – The Sicilian Defence

SEPTEMBER
9th Ftacnik, Kopec & Browne Champions of the New Millennium
9th Mihail Marin Grandmaster Repertoire 3 – The English Opening vol. 1
OCTOBER
14th Marin/Garrett Reggio Emilia 2007/2008
14th Tibor Karolyi Genius in the Background
14th Boris Avrukh Grandmaster Repertoire 2 – 1.d4 Volume Two
28th Jacob Aagaard Attacking Manual Volume 2
28th Jacob Aagaard Attacking Manual Volume 1 2nd edition
NOVEMBER
15th John Shaw Quality Chess Puzzle Book
15th Boris Alterman The Alterman Gambit Guide – White Gambits
15th Artur Yusupov Boost your Chess 1
DECEMBER
1st John Shaw The King’s Gambit
1st Lubomir Ftacnik Grandmaster Repertoire 5 – The Sicilian Defence
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