Why "Awful Books"?

I'm glad you asked that question (you did, didn't you?). Have you ever bought something and regretted it later? I'm not referring to a sugar-laden frosted cake or a supposedly A-grade movie that turned out to be a B-grade snorefest. I mean something relatively expensive. Something you aimed to keep and show-off proudly to your friends, such as a car, piece of jewelry, the newest cell phone, etc. But, when you got it home and took it for a test drive, you were ultimately disappointed? Perhaps to the point of feeling anger, resentment, betrayal, and/or outright rage?

I think it's safe to say that we've all experienced this at one time or another with something expensive we've bought. We've taken our licks, cursed those who suckered us, and sworn to never again be duped into another foolish purchase.

But, what if you wanted something sight-unseen?  Let's say, a limited, signed & numbered book written by a favorite author. Let's also say you were willing to spend hundreds of dollars for a particular edition. And what if you did open your bank account and gave a hefty dose of green blood, but received a rather spartan, unremarkable product? Wouldn't you have liked to've been warned ahead of time?

Such is the mission of Awful Books (dot com). To expose cheaply-manufactured books for what they are. If you paid through the nose for a book you could've otherwise found in the bargain bin of your local library, then this site is for you.

Please note that I am not a book publisher, just a collector. I realize that it takes a lot of time and effort to produce even the barest of editions. However, as with anything offered to the public for a price, you can be spoon-fed junk or demand quality. Wouldn't you rather choose the latter?