He noticed a drastic change in print quality, paper texture, and the cover.
There is a difference. The newer version looks and feels inferior, cheaper, like a shoddy print-on-demand, self-published volume. And yet it costs the same and there’s no way of knowing what you’re getting. I assumed this volume would be the same as all the books I’ve bought in the same series, by the same publisher, in the same edition. But something’s changed, with no clue on the item’s Amazon page.
Here's my point. Publishers bleat about how books are so important, how they cost so much to make, and the inherent value of a printed book. Then they go do something like this.
Yeah. Right. If you care so little about your books, don't complain about the market undervaluing them. In this case, HarperCollins wouldn't have a leg to stand on.