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Old 07-11-2018, 02:03 PM   #241
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Obviously, my apologies, since I clearly didn't even look. That being said, it is still free at both AmazonUK and KoboUK, so I hope folks can easily avail themselves of one of those options.
No need to apologize! It's on all of us to vet the selections. Given the vote, maybe everyone was hoping no one else would notice.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:20 PM   #242
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The reason for this particular rule is to help make books available and cheap enough; in this particular case, I hope people can avail themselves of the free UK edition or don't face a long waiting list at the library.
I was a latecomer to the party, so I don't know what went into the creation of the one-year rule, but I don't see much point to it. Prices don't seem to drop significantly at the year mark, library availability seems hit-or-miss--there were long Overdrive waiting lists for Radium Girls, for example, even though it was a couple of years old. Even Dandelion Wine, old as it is, had a waiting list at my library.

I can understand trying to avoid a brand-new book that libraries might not have purchased yet, but is there really anything magical about a one-year milestone? People already take price and availability into consideration when nominating and voting.

My two cents' worth.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:43 PM   #243
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The only real consideration for the one-year mark is that for many publishers, that's when the mass market paperback (MMP) is released, which usually also results in a reduction in the eBook price. Of course, that's clearly NOT true for some of the Onerous Five. And, of course, in the hope that the first rush of Library borrows would have worked its way through the system, leaving a more tolerable wait.

In general, it's my opinion that availability at a reasonable price is a major consideration, however we achieve that. We have regulars for whom an expensive book is simply not in the cards. I completely get that, and want to do everything I can to remain sensitive to it.
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:17 PM   #244
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We’ve had this discussion several times. I thought we were going to make it a recommendation rather than a rule. Plus issybird said she was willing to overlook some rule bending if it seems appropriate.

I have had a major gripe about this from the beginning. I agree there is nothing magical about a year. There is no requirement that a book is available in the library. Price is a recommendation. Sometimes older books are less available in the library than new books because they are either popular or the library hasn’t maintained copies that they might have had in the past.

You take your chances when you nominate a book that it may not be put into the vote if price is too high or it’s not widely available. We provide enough info in the posts, and we’re all adults who should be able to check whether you are willing to delay discussion or purchase the book before you vote.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:12 PM   #245
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Yes, I agree it’s up to all of us to do our own homework when we vote for a book. I always check library availability, and belong to a couple of library systems, living close to the boundary of two local government areas.

So I think Bookworm-Girl is right and we can treat it as a recommendation.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:40 AM   #246
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^Ditto^ to most of the sentiments expressed above. I do think it's good that the vote this time was almost unanimous, it leaves much less room for anyone to feel too put out by a slight bend in the rules, but also emphasises that a club can and should be flexible about such things.

Whatever else, I think this rule:
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[...] I think our rule of thumb has to be that if a book hasn't been challenged by the time the poll goes live, it's an official choice. [...]
should override the others. Any book that found 3 votes and no objections leading up to the poll can't be too much of a problem.
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Old 07-12-2018, 11:09 AM   #247
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In general, it's my opinion that availability at a reasonable price is a major consideration, however we achieve that. We have regulars for whom an expensive book is simply not in the cards. I completely get that, and want to do everything I can to remain sensitive to it.
I am very serious about this in my budget. If I had not been able to get Halifax at the library, I would not have voted for it. On the same note, if I hadn't gotten an ARC copy of Radium Girls, which has been out for a few years, I would not have been reading that one either.

I appreciate the rule/reg whatever as is. I also agree with others that homework is required on this. (This is also why most of my nominations have been books that are free).
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:52 PM   #248
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Thanks for the post! The switch to topics has brought diversification to my reading selections because it forces me to search using different and unique criteria. It helps to find books that I would not have discovered before. Although, I mostly still select books to read that are within my favorite genres.

My TBR is growing from the nominations, but I had that problem before with the clubs! I wondered if people are reading the books they discover or just adding to the pile. Here are my personal stats for the year-to-date.

I have read 2 books that I nominated: The Fifteen Lives of Harry August and The Summer Book.

I have read 1 book that someone else nominated: Salt: A World History.

I have read 1 book inspired by the monthly book: On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

I have read 3 books that I discovered while searching for a nomination: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien, A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin and Turtles All The Way Down by John Green.
I thought of another book to add to the llst. I watched the movie of my nomination, Despite the Falling Snow, from the month "The Book Came First."
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:58 AM   #249
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I remembered that I have read one of my nominations: The Prestige by Christopher Priest, which I nominated for the Time month. I enjoyed it very much indeed and recommend it. I shall certainly be reading more of his books.
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