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You ask a very good question. We have not changed our book specifications, and RepKover or other lay-flat option is used whenever possible. The factors include size of the book and the capabilities of particular binderies. When books exceed a bindery's maximum RepKover binding size, we are limited to perfect binding. We do try to match books with the best available printing/binding option, but sometimes circumstances don't permit. The two books you cite fall into that category. Most other recent Missing Manuals do have RepKover/lay-flat bindings.
I apologize for the frustration this has caused you. We work continuously with printers to improve our options and maintain the highest production values, and this is definitely an area we have an eye on. Thank you for reaching out to us with your concerns.
Associate Publisher, Missing Manual Division
Hi, Chris -
Thanks for the clarification. I'd previously purchased several Missing Manuals in the past couple of years, and was very pleased with the RepKover binding. When I bought the two new ones, and they arrived without RepKover, I thought you might have eliminated that binding.
They are large, weighty tomes. Too bad RepKover can't work on the big books as well.
So...here's hoping my next Missing Manual purchase is a smaller book.