Babylon 5 Encyclopedia: Complete Set in One Massive Paperback: (Includes Free Access to the Online Multimedia Edition) ペーパーバック – 2019/8/13
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An affordable alternative to the Babylon 5 Encyclopedia: Signature Edition (2 volumes, full color images, slipcase, each hand-signed by series creator J. Michael Straczynski). Also on Amazon. Search....• One creator, eleven experts and a span of eight years to complete• 5,000 entries from 160+ canonical sources• 817 pages and 1,440 black and white images (paperback edition, hardcover set is color)• Insides are identical to the 2-set hardcover, including page numbers. Instead of 2 books, it's one really, really big book.• 100% canonical. No suppositions. No added "fluff" with "behind the scenes" information. Just canon.• Click "images to see sample pages"
It's true. You get the complete two-volume set of the Babylon 5 Encyclopedia in one, massive, 800+-page volume.
- 5,000+ entries for Babylon 5 (and Crusade)
- 100% canonical
- 1,474 black & white images
- Everything in the original 2-Volume Signature Limited Edition
- One FREE year to the multimedia edition (a $37 value) · no credit card required · offer valid worldwide
Instructions for getting your one year of free access is on the very first page of the book
The online edition is not an ebook. While it contains the text of the entire book, it is a video-driven, cross-referenced exploration of the 5,000 entries. Even includes 4K images and CGI videos (Blu-ray quality) created for exclusively for B5 Books.
It also includes a FREE year to the online multimedia edition which is great. Instructions for the free login were easy - on the first page - and didn't require a credit card.
I helped edit the original hardcover version, and my copy of the Signature Edition is still in shrink wrap because I want to keep it perfect. With the paperback version I can read it and reference it while recording The Babylon Project Podcast without any worries of making a coffee stain like Garibaldi did on the Book of G'Kar.
When the original version of the Encyclopedia was released, that version came as a sturdy two-volume hardcover set. Great quality, hefty, durable, and even signed by series creator/everything JMS. The original version had a limited print run, making it into an instant Collector's Item. It's hard to pop open a Collector's Item on a whim and wander through the entries.. ..all the while fretting over bending or smudging the pages. For those of us who were afraid of taking their toys out the box to play with them, we also had access to the online version of the B5 Encyclopedia.
Somehow the two volume hardcover set has been successfully repackaged into a single volume paperback edition. In September 2019 the total cost (sold by Amazon) is around $58, which is about 75% less than the original Signature version. The paperback comes with a one year subscription to the online version, allowing purchasers a 365-day look at the digital version of the Encyclopedia. The online version offers not only the basic text/images contained in the print versions, but also includes digital media from the series. Ex: Article on a White Star Ship also includes a media clip of the vessel. Although $58 is nothing to sneeze at, for those of us loathe to take the original version out of it's protective case, the paperback will allow us to have our Encyclopedia and read it too!
Regarding the Encyclopedia's content, would think it covers close to EVERYTHING. When re-watching parts of the series I would notice something and wonder if that odd-bit-of-trivia was mentioned, and *carefully* popped open the Encyclopedia.. ..found an entry each time. Searching the Encyclopedia at random would be interesting, as the entry at the top of page 461 (page 467 in the Sig. Ed.) is hilarious. It's an excellent item for B5 fans to own, although no idea if the 2019 paperback is scheduled to be a limited run or will continue to be available in the future. This is undoubtedly the most extensive B5 paperback reference work to date, and we won't see it's like again till "All Alone In The Night" comes onto the scene in 2020. Since many of these books tend to have a limited run, best guess is to Get It While It's Still Available.
- They say it's four pounds!!
- Measures a bit under 8"x 10" x 2" (ish)
- 827 Pages
- As it doesn't come shrink-wrapped, mine arrived with a few marks on the back cover, but as this is a HUGE paperback, one can expect some cosmetic imperfections. Paperback shall be the reading-copy to keep the original version pristine.
Minor differences between versions: Slight difference with the page numbers (ex: pg 461 PB = pg 467 SE) and color pictures with the Original/Signature version vs black-and-white in the paperback.
Unrelated: If one is looking for additional Books-About-Babylon-5 which contain episode guides/breakdowns or detailed descriptions of the series arcs, search the site! Amazon has a large variety of B5-related books for sale, even those published waaaaay back in the 90s. While the Lurker's Guide is certainly a main-stay, there are many excellent books available which offer additional details and information. ..and just as an FYI, in 2019 one can watch B5 "for free" if one is a Prime Member.
Extremely Unrelated: As the paperback doesn't come with Purple and Green Ribbons - improvise!
Buy some ribbon and get out the scissors:
B00C7AYBBA - PURPLE!
B00C7AYMVY - GREEN!
Bookmarks/Reading Guides (Includes Purple and Green)
..actually the last entry is "Zviyagin, Sergei" (Sorry Zathras).