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Yes, I sort of collect the hardback volumes they make/made. It is hard to know where to draw the line though, especially nowadays! I have alot of the older ones from the 1910's - 1980's. But not much after that.
Of course, there is the Book Service AND the Special Publications. Which ones are you focused on? Somewhere since 1992, I believe, the 2 divisions were combined. Yet, before this, there was a distinction between the 2 running series.
talk with you soon,
As someone whose family subscribed to special publications since the series outset in 1966, I have to say they are often more enjoyable reading that Book Service editions (frankly, they were chiefly compilations of individual articles from NGM bound together, so obviously read more like the magazine than a coherent book). I think that observation holds true even for special publications that never had a NGM article on the same topic by the author. Their style through the mid-1990s certainly, was far more prosaic and emphasized illustration over text.
As the divisions' merger and the proliferation of travel, kids, juvenile literature and things that do not jive with either the typical coffee-table tome or the special publications, I have become far more selective in what I order or buy new. I figure the premium for the new edition is not worth it when the secondary market usually gets it in five to ten months and almost always within a year of first release. May not be steeply discounted if still in like-new condition, but you still save shipping and handling which is what bait-and-switch on subscription to new titles took me out of buying from the Society in advance of publication.
Anyway, that's my two cents, and I'd hope Bill Cole and others would join this sub-group, as there are lots of book-related discussions that will be of little or no interest to collectors of just the magazine.
Personally I would say the Ocean/Water ones are my favorites..."World Beneath The Sea", + "Undersea Treasures" and "The Ocean Realm".
At this moment I am reading "Journey Across Russia" 1977, and It is as informative as I was hoping it to be - historically and culturally. I've been wanting to beef up my knowledge of Russia and USSR history.
Welcome Back 2 myself, been awhile since I participated. Any buyers out there?
Hi Andy, I've got many of the special publications books & have been looking for some kind of list to compare against mine. Does anyone have a checklist they would share? I'm willing to share mine if someone wants it. Thanks, Jim