— The back cover printing is noticeably tilted. Notice the way the height of the green strip at the top is taller at the right than the left, and the barcodes at the bottom are sloping downward.
— The bottom corners of most pages have little half-rectangles on them. The half-rectangles get bigger further into the book.
— The print quality looks generally washed out, like printed in draft mode, and is particularly noticeable on pages with graphics, such as the crow and scorpion graphics, and embedded screenshots.
— Looking at the book from the top, there is a sort of waviness about the paper, like it's been printed on thin photocopy paper.
I have a few other O'Reilly titles and have always come to expect really good quality, so am obviously disappointed about this. Anything you can do?
Here's the printing information from the last page:
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Very sorry that you've received this faulty copy but thank you very much for the detailed description, pictures and the printing information.
We can now take up this issue with our printer.
If you can email me on simon(at)oreilly(dot)co(dot)uk I can then organise to get a replacement copy sent to you.
Thank you very much for arranging a replacement, which I have now received. The replacement has a better cut - no half rectangles on the corners and the tilting is gone. The print quality is the same, though, but I guess that's just something to live with.