Advantages Special Offers, Great Variety, Easy To Use
Disadvantages Editors Choices, Postage Charges, Minimum Membership Orders
I've been a member of FSF since my student days over 13 years ago and to be honest rely on it for most of my purchases. I initially joined World Books, part of Book Club Association (BCA), through a magazine advert and then, through a leaflet drop with that club, discovered FSF Book Club, also part of BCA.My first point would be that they have a long standing history as a reputable company, you aren't going to get ripped off in any way and the deals they offer are 100% genuine.
Buyers should be aware that although you are offered 5 books (or sets) from 25p or 50p, "from" is the key word here. Some items will be considerably more. For instance a book on graphic art aimed at a more specific market may well be priced higher than a Terry Pratchett paperback. The highest price I've seen on one of these starter offers is £8.00 on a Lord Of The Rings Illustrated edition, not unreasonable when you consider the publisher's price is £45.00.
Its worth mentioning that if you introduce a friend who places an order, you also get a bonus such as 3 free books for yourself from the starter offers and don't even have to pay postage.
The Elder Gods by David and Leigh Eddings
Dragon's Kin by Anne and Todd McCaffrey
New Spring by Robert Jordan
Snare by Katherin Kerr
(a 2 book set by Terry Goodkind)
The Pillars of Creation and Naked Empire
Once you're a member you're committed to buying a book from every magazine for the first 4 mags you get. Be aware that not all of the special offers and sets count towards your membership.You also have access to other special deals such as pre-ordering books due to be published, buy two get one free, sales supplements, special edition books, extra leaflets offering access to other book clubs such as History or to DVD and Music offers and the chance to win extra items like a limited edition replica Darth Vader lightsaber!! (If you're into that kind of thing!)
The FSF web site is simple to register with, easy to navigate, colourful and split into straightforward categories. It provides a chance for you to pay and order online, access to web site specific deals and a way to track any orders or outstanding deliveries.The web site and magazine provide, quite simply, the best range of Sci-Fi and Fantasy material I've found anywhere.
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