Easton Press Online Catalog: I love Easton Press. They make leather reproductions of classic books — I have 35 of them on my bookcase. I collected them one at a time for three years while I was in college. Right next to them, I have a complete reproduction set of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. They’re gorgeous.
So I was dismayed to see that Easton Press Web site is perhaps the worst site I’ve ever laid eyes on. Take a tour through this baby sometime, and learn how NOT to do e-commerce. Hint one: don’t just scan all your catalog pages and put them online as big images. To top it off, they have a search engine so worthless as to make it worse than nothing at all (as near as I can tell, it always links to the front page of the catalog).
Missing the boat big time here, which is very sad. Don’t let that turn you off the books themselves, through — they’re amazing. Order a catalog and check out their “Masterpieces of Science Fiction,” “Signed First Editions of Science Fiction,” or “The Science Fiction Hall of Fame.” Or how about a leather-bound, gilt-edge copy of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy? There’s a signed Asimov over on eBay.