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Robin Hobb's Infrequent and Off Topic Blog

Book Disasters

Dear Readers,


Accidents happen, even at the best publishing houses and printing services.  I have been alerted by two readers that their copies of the 25th Anniversary Illustrated edition of Assassin's Apprentice have reached them in less than perfect condition.


In one instance, the pages were coming loose from the binding.

In the second one, some pages and an illustration were completely missing!


I appreciate readers letting me know that some of the copies are flawed.  It's important for me to know that. 


If this, or anything similar happens to you, with any book (not just my own), it's good to let the author and the publishing house know.  Then contact the bookstore or online retailer that sold you the book, and tell them that you need a replacement.  You paid for a perfect copy: you should get one!


Unfortunately, it is beyond my ability to simply send you a new copy. Writers seldom have a large store of their own books that they can simply send out.  It's up to the retailer to replace the bad copy, which they can then send back or notify the distributor to be reimbursed.


Please be tenacious about this.  I want every reader to get the quality of book they paid for!



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Authors Disappointing Dogs

An image of author Robin Hobb, looking into the disappointed face of a black and white dog.
Poor, poor Fox.

Clearly, Robin refused to sign her book.

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How to Get a Signed Book

I really need to put up a Frequently Asked Question page for this site!


But, until I get that done, I'm going to answer this frequently asked question right here.  


How Can You Get a Signed Book?


There are two excellent sources.  The first is for a book that is going to be released soon, such as the 25th Anniversary edition of Assassin's Apprentice.  If you would like a pristine copy of this, signed by me and shipped to you in absolutely perfect condition, then The Signed Page is for you.  Shawn has been operating that service for years now, and you will find there books by many SF and fantasy authors, all signed for you.  For instance, right now you can get books signed by Joe Abercrombie or Brent Weeks. But if you explore the site, you will find many others including some by me!  These books sell out, so if you want one, you shoudl order it.


But suppose you want a paperback signed or yes, you want the 25th anniversary edition of Assassin's Apprentice.  Then I suggest you visit Seattle's University Book Store site. In the search bar, put Robin Hobb.  Up will pop an extensive list of my books.  Choose the one or ones that you want.  As you complete the order form, note that you will see a 'comments' box.  In that box, note that you would like the book signed.  The store will send that book or books down to their Tacoma branch, I will drive to town and sign it, and it will be shipped to you.  Pretty easy for all of us!


And thank you for asking!



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