Today is Tuesday so that means new releases. Wizards of the Coast has some new classic D&D books up for POD today. Be sure to check them out.
Today I want to compare the POD 3e Draconomicon to the one I bought my son when it first came out.
A bit of background. The Draconomicon is a watershed book for the Brannan family. I got it for my son because he loved dragons. Still does really. Well he carried this book with him everywhere for years. Needless to say it is in pretty bad shape. I have wanted to get him a new one for years and I have seen many at Half-Price books and of course at my FLGS, but none have jumped out at me saying "buy me". We I opted to spend some of the money from the sales of my own books on the POD version. I splurged and got the "Premium Heavyweight" paper.
In the pictures the original print in on the left side of your screen, the POD on the right.
Side by side it is hard to know which is which. The art on the POD version seems a little bigger. You will notice there is a spot on the bottom where the cover doesn't quite make it to the bottom. I have seen this before on other books. Sometimes it prints like this other times it doesn't.
The Heavyweight POD is noticeably thicker than the original print.
The POD does not have the dragon art printed on the inside cover. The images are repeated in the original printing but only one of each in the POD. The POD actually looks more interesting.
Inside the books are remarkably identical.
My son was 6 when I got this for him. He carried it to school for two years straight.
This is the LightningSource/OneBookShelf page added to all the books. So no chance someone will mistake these for originals if they know to look for this.
Equally, the original features an ISBN barcode. The the POD has a different one that is not an ISBN.
The spines are also very different. This of course is by necessity to accommodate the varying thickness of the paper choices.
In all I am happy with it. It doesn't look like my original, but that is fine with me. It makes it more of a "new" book in some respects. Yes, just like the original I am giving this to my son for Christmas. Don't tell him.