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Set 19, 2013, 5:09 pm

Well the time has come for my inaugural renewal and it looks likely that it won't be happening. This is not a contagion from the rabid right austerity measures, quite simply a decision made on both value for money and competition amongst my other subscriptions.

I subscribe to the NLR, LRB, GLW, NG and SF.

For a renewal price of approx $90 Australian Dollars for just 4 volumes, it is rather expensive and on par with the cost of a good scholarly paperback.

Compare that to the fortnightly LRB which I have just renewed for 30 issues at $65 AUD and the difference is remarkable.

SF is of course a pleasant read and does stir the curiosity, but so so the others.

If SF are reading this, thanks but I think the price is just getting beyond value.

Set 20, 2013, 5:46 pm

I do know what you mean. I heard about SF from the beginning but was put off by the price then, even in the UK. I only began subscribing 2 or 3 years ago. However, I don't take as many periodicals as you, and I like the focus on older books I may have missed. Indeed, a contributor's enthusiasm for books I do know often rekindles my own interest to have another look at them.

Set 20, 2013, 5:53 pm

I just renewed after hesitating for a few weeks - decided it was my birthday present to myself.

Set 21, 2013, 8:34 am

>1 LesMiserables: I agree with your sentiments. I do think that £10 an issue is incredibly expensive, and it was a real off-putter for a quite a while before I took the plunge. However, it is a price I am (reluctantly) prepared to pay, as there is nothing else out there quite like it, and it meets my needs more than any other literary periodical. They also recently added a digital subscription for free until the next renewal which is a bonus, especially as I have only recently renewed.

Set 21, 2013, 10:54 am

I fear I hand over my subs rather like contributing to the local drug-peddler - stopped counting the cost!

Mind you, it is very nicely printed and illustrated and, rather against the odds, seems to be surviving. I'm in there for the duration.

Set 22, 2013, 1:31 pm

I would agree that it appears expensive, but it does fill a niche by reviewing older books with such enthusiasm. I have only received three issues, but I will probably renew when the time comes.

Set 22, 2013, 4:06 pm

Can't work out what all the acronyms stand for, but I gave up on the London Review of Books - they never seemed to cover books I was interested in reading. Literary Review is more my cup of tea, and I subscribe to just that and Slightly Foxed, which regularly includes books I want to try. I agree, though, it's getting marginal on cost.

Having said that, the LRB bookshop is a favourite haunt of mine (as is the attached cafe!). I was there on Saturday whilst down in London (amongst other things, taking part in the London Open House weekend).

Set 23, 2013, 12:24 am

> 7

NLR: New Left Review
LRB: London review of Books
GLW: Green Left Weekly
NG: National Geographic
SF: Slightly Foxed

Set 23, 2013, 4:47 pm

>8 LesMiserables: Ah! Thank you!

Set 24, 2013, 12:25 am

No bother. Having gone away and slept on it, I have confirmed my previous conviction to not renew. After all SF is a magazine and paying over $22 a go is unrealistic. So I bid it a fond adieu and will redistribute the funds to a more reasonable value proposition.

Mar 4, 2014, 1:48 am

You can pick them up second hand for less,and the info doesnt date .
eBay , amazon ..............I collected the set bar one or two.
Cant think why I donated some of my early sub to the Hospice Shop.
Am having to buy them back.
I'm finding that I do this more often,missing books I have read and given away .

Maio 31, 2014, 10:04 am

I don't subscribe to SF but I do pick them up second hand from eBay even though they can be dear with postage. They are really good written and I must say that I enjoy the articles so much, sometimes laughing out loud, that the high price is worth it.

Dez 6, 2014, 1:08 pm

You can buy back numbers cheaply on amazon and ebay .
I have collected the set!
Fortunately my dear sister have provided me with a current sub