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Lanea
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  1:50:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Are any of you Zooba members? I was just looking at their selection of knitting and other books and am sorely tempted.

Edited to explain that Zooba is a web-based book club that works like Netflix--you make a list of books you want, and it sends you one a month for $9.95.

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minh
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  2:16:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message
Yep! Lookie, I asked the same thing:
http://knittersreview.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=43872

I got three knitting books so far and although the shipping is kind of slow (7-10 days), the books are in tip-top shape and the prices are really good. I'm going to branch out and order cooking books now. I wish more of my relatives were bookworms, this would make my Christmas shopping so much easier (for me and my wallet).

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RachelKnitter
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  2:17:33 PM  Show Profile Send RachelKnitter a Private Message
The other difference is that the books are yours--you're buying them, not renting them.

The only thing I'd say is that it's run by Book-of-the-Month Club, and the way they work is that they get the rights to print their own copies of the books, and the production quality is generally considerably lower than the publisher copies. Cheaper paper, cheaper binding, etc. I can usually spot a BOMC edition from a mile away, but that's the bookstore owner in me....

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knittinggal
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Posted - 12/07/2005 :  07:34:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit knittinggal's Homepage Send knittinggal a Private Message
I recently had a friend tell me about Zooba. Since he isn't a knitter he didn't know what type of selection they had so I browsed the site myself to see. I was a little disappointed with the limited selection of knitting books. Am I missing some? lol My other interest was to find fiction books on CD. I didn't find any of those either. If I just didn't dig deep enough, please let me know!

Kay
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Knit and Purl Grrl
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Posted - 12/07/2005 :  11:25:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knit and Purl Grrl's Homepage Send Knit and Purl Grrl a Private Message
I checked this out but I feel like I get a better deal at Crafter's Choice. They have a fairly good selection, and with the sign-on bonus and specials, they typically average around $10 each, I would say.

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Lanea
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  06:24:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Well, I got the first Zooba book last week. I ordered the Rowan Vintage Knits book: http://www.zooba.com/doc/browse/detail/product_detail.jhtml?repositoryId=969314B131.
It seems to be of relatively good quality, but I'm not all that knowledgeable about binding and paper quality and such. I'm not sure how much I'll actually knit from the book, but I could say that of most knitting books. My current plan is to use Zooba to limit my book purchases (baaahahahaha!).

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