Their name is against them — sounds just a bit too exclusive and fancy; and maybe their books are occasionally (or even often, depending on your aesthetic) over-designed, but The Folio Society does to my mind represent one future for the printed book (see my July post). The fact that they are now making their books available on a non-subscription basis is good news. Even a dilettante book enthusiast like me may find a beautiful (and not inexpensive) volume arriving on the doorstep 4 times a year to be a bit excessive. Book Patrol delivers the good news in this slightly bad-tempered story.

Amazon hasn’t apparently gotten in on the deal: the only Folio Society books they show are second-hand copies (for sale through their third-party sellers.) But as Book Patrol says, bookstore distribution doesn’t seem (yet?) to be part of the plan.