Advantages Low Priced, Variety of Authors in that Genre
Disadvantages Book Commitment, Editors Choice, Poor Delivery, Low Customer Service
The Fantasy & Science Fiction Book Club (FSF) is an online and catalogue based book club, offering readers the chance to purchase Fantasy and Science Fiction books, at great savings against the recommended retail price (RRP).
I originally joined FSF in June 03, on the recommendation of a friend, and have purchased many books from the FSF website. I rarely use the catalogue to order from as I find it time consuming, and like to receive a confirmation of my order via the online ordering section.I was actually enticed, like so many before me, by the offer off:
“Any 5 Books from just 50p each!”Whereby the customer is asked to choose from a pre-selected range of books 5 Titles that they would like. Each book is priced at a minimum of 50p, with several of the more popular (or multi-pack selections) ranging in price up to £5.00. The range of books available for the offer, include Editors Choice, Graphic Novels, Humour and Science Fiction.
Once you have chosen your 5 books you are immediately taken to stage 2 of the application where you verify your chosen choices and make any changes if necessary. If you are happy with your choices you will be asked to enter your personal details and confirm your order. Normally FSF will then send you your chosen books along with an invoice that requires payment within 14 days. On your invoice will also be your new membership number, of which you will need to create your online account, in order to purchase books from their website.Remember you are under no obligation to join after completing the application, as detailed above. The items you have chosen are sent to you on a 10-day home trial, and if you are not satisfied you return them to FSF, and they will cancel your membership.
As like many other book clubs, there is a club commitment that needs to be fulfilled. FSF ask that you buy at least 1 title from each magazine (Full colour magazines are sent out every two months) for a minimum of 4 magazines. Ordering can be done either online or via the magazine.
*FSF Club Commitment*
Please note that a multi-pack selection counts as 1 title.
Included in each magazine is a top title that FSF recommend as the Editor’s Choice. They will automatically send you the Editor’s choice unless your advise them it is not required for that particular magazine period. You can do this by returning the magazines ordering form, or via the website.After you have purchased the minimum number of books from FSF you can send them an e-mail to let them no you no longer wish to receive the Editor’s Choice. I tried this before the club commitment had been fulfilled but my request was ignored.
The FSF magazine is sent out to all customers every 2 months. Each edition is full of the latest titles available and quite often includes some old favourites, and a special offer section.
*FSF home magazine*
Occasionally there are Special Author features, which can include a preview chapter of the author’s latest release.
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