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A comparative roundup of book clubs new and old

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* History Book Club, 40 Guernsey Street, Stamford, Conn. 06904. Est. 1937. World and American history. Thirteen bulletins yearly: 1 main, 7 alternate selections; 200 backlist titles annually. Minimum purchase 4 books in 2 years. Discounts up to 33 percent. Prices $10.50 to $75; average $13.75.

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* Fortune Book Club, 485 Lexington Avenue, New York, N.Y., 10017. Est. 1970. No longer affilitated with Fortune magazine. Business, investment, economy, management, consumer affairs, personal finance, current affairs. Fifteen bulletins yearly: 1 main, 6 alternate selections; 150 backlist titles annually. Minimum purchase usually 3 books in 2 years. Discounts vary widely. Prices $8.95 to $16.95; average $12.95.

* Conservative Book Club, 15 Oakland Avenue, Harrison, N.Y. 10528. Est. 1964. Back in hands of founder after several years of separate management. Conservative political philosophy, economics, investment, current affairs, and political history. Thirteen bulletins yearly: 1 main, 5 to 12 alternate selections; 65 backlist titles annually. Discounts 20 to 50 percent. Prices $4. 95 to $20; average $9 to $10. Minimum purchase usually 4 books in 18 months.

* Veritas Book Club, 143 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, Conn. 06870. Est. 1971. Affiliated with Devin-Adair Company, which publishes 45 percent of club's selections. Conservative political philosophy, economics, education, current affairs. Twelve bulletins yearly: 1 main, 3 alternate selections; 350 backlist titles annually. Minimum purchase 2 books in 2 years. Discounts 20 to 30 percent. Prices $3.95 to $15; average $9.95. TECHNOLOGY/SCIENCE

* Book of the Month Club/Science, 485 Lexington Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017 . Est. 1981. Full range of science for educated lay people. Fifteen bulletins yearly: 1 main, 4 alternate selections; 500 backlist titles annually. Discounts 10 to 20 percent. Prices $8.95 to $15.95; average $13.95.

* The Library of Science, Riverside, N.J. 08370. Est. 1962. Physical and life sciences, mathematics, electronics at level of Scientific American magazine. Sixteen bulletins yearly: 1 or 2 main, 4 or 5 alternate selections; 150 backlist titles annually. Minimum purchase usually 3 books in 1 year. Discounts 20 to 30 percent. Prices $11.95 to $23.95; average $13.95.

* The Natural Science Book Club, Riverside, N.J. 08370. Est. 1963. Archaeology, astronomy, physics, nature, wildlife, earth science, the outdoors. Fifteen bulletins yearly: 1 main, 4 or 5 alternate selections; 150 backlist titles annually. Minimum purchase usually 3 books in 1 year. Discounts 20 to 30 percent. Prices $11.95 to $33.50; average $15.95.

* The Computer Book Club, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. 17214. Est. 1981. Affiliated with TAB Books, which publishes 60 percent of selections. Books and software available. Thirteen bulletins yearly: 1 main, 2 alternate selections; 400 backlist titles annually; 60 to 75 programs offered annually. Minimum purchase 4 books in 1 year. Discounts 25 to 75 percent. Prices $6.95 to $18.95; average $10 to $11.

* Personal Computer Users' Group, 143 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, Conn. 06870. Est. 1981. Affiliated with Devin-Adair Company, which publishes 10 to 20 percent of club's selections. Books and software available. Six bulletins yearly: 1 main, 15 to 20 alternate selections; 80 backlist titles annually. Minimum purchase 2 books over 2 years. Discounts 20 to 30 percent. Prices $7.95 to $19.95; average $25. Programs priced up to $100. GARDENING/ECOLOGY