I guess the publishers were holding back the cover photo of the new Heaser book until after it was released, because I've been checking out the Amazon listing every so often, with no luck. Now that the book's out, at least I can see the cover. I don't really understand the logic behind the move, if it was a conscious decision on the part of the publishers and not just some glitch in the system. Personally, I'm much more likely to buy a book if I can see what it looks like. I "trust" it more if I have a photo. Tempting us with a great picture of the cover would have generated more interest in pre-ordering, I imagine.
The book's title is Encyclopedia of Polymer Clay Techniques: A Comprehensive Directory Covering a Panoramic Range of Exciting Applications. (What a mouthful!) I'm interested in reading some customer reviews, once they start pouring in, because I've liked Sue Heaser's other books (that I've been able to see). However, I doubt I'll purchase this one. From the little information I've been able to find, I get the impression that it covers a lot of the basic techniques-- ideal for the beginner, but not quite as exciting for someone who's worked with clay for a while and read a few other books on the basics. That said, I'll bet it's full of useful tips, many of which I've probably never heard before.
I like the cover. It reminds me of Carol Blackburn's bead book-- the font of the title, the colors, the dimensions of the book. . . And I love the stained glass effect in the main photo.
. . .Well, that's enough time wasted for now, I think. ;o)