Starfinder Binding Issues and Resolution
Tuesday September 19, 2017
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM PAIZO
"Starfinder is doing phenomenally well. Player feedback has been great, sales have been great... but one thing has not been great.
Shortly after we began shipping Starfinder Core Rulebooks out, our customers started reporting issues with the binding, in both the regular and limited editions. Unfortunately, no manufacturing process is perfect, so there are always going to be a handful of issues, but by the time we came back from Gen Con, we had received more complaints than we would expect for a print run this size. We talked to our printer about it, and sent them some samples demonstrating the issue. They agreed that there was a problem, and they are doing everything they can to help us make it right for anyone who was affected.
What's the Problem?
Our hardcovers use a method called case binding. First, each group of 16 pages (a signature) is sewn together. Next, all of the book's signatures are stacked into a book block, and the book block is stitched together. Then, a fabric reinforcement strip called a spine lining is adhered to the book block to give it additional stability, and the book block is attached to the cover by adhering the book's endpapers to it. (Note that the spine lining itself is not glued to the spine of the book. This is intentional: it helps the book lie flatter when open.)
The problem some customers are seeing with their Starfinder Core Rulebooks is that the fabric lining strip isn't properly attached to the book block, separating after minimal use. This issue is occurring only with a small fraction of Starfinder Core Rulebooks, so if you have been using your book and it doesn't currently show any sign of the lining strip separating, it probably won't occur with normal use.
How Do I Get My Book Replaced?
If you have a Starfinder Core Rulebook with a defective binding, don't hesitate to have it replaced.
If you bought it from Paizo at Gen Con or through paizo.com, please send a picture or two demonstrating the problem with your book to email@example.com. (Please be aware that our customer service team is currently working through a significant backlog, so it may take several days for us to respond.)
If you bought it from a store, return it to that store by Friday, October 27. You should be able to get an exchange from them or reserve a replacement if the retailer is out of stock. They will in turn receive an exchange or credit from the distributor they bought it from, and the distributor will do the same with us. (We have already contacted our distributors regarding this issue, so your store should be able to work with them to address this issue.) If your store remains unable or unwilling to help you let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org; include the store's name and location so we can work with our distributors to ensure everyone is on the same page."
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