Do you buy all your classics from same publishers?

Do you buy all your classics from same publishers? On the other hand I would like to collect Everyman's Library books but I kind a thing that it looks stupid if your bookshelf is too uniform, it looks like you were just subscribed to some book club and probably hadn't read those books so maybe it's better to buy from different publishers every once in a while

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No. I almost always buy based on size and how it feels in my hands. I prefer paperback to hardcover, and frankly I consider no dust jacket a plus. I'll take a smaller book over a bigger one unless its an art book and I want the pictures, a cheaper book over a more expensive one unless it is in some way truly hideous or in terrible condition, and a paperback over a hard cover unless I need it to lie flat. I read a lot of middle english so I don't often get a lot of options for editions, since most publishers prefer to put out modernised versions.
    One of my best friends is a book dealer and thinks I'm a psycho.
    But she just sold a harry potter book for like $10,000 so I think there are clearly bigger pyschos around than me.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I almost always buy based on size and how it feels in my hands
      Yeah that's what your mom said too

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        nah my mother is a fricking pleb who reads non-stop but can never seem to remember anything she has read.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          relatable

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          So you read a book, and you remember a vast amount or the entirety of it?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            thats what I'm saying, half the time I barely remember most passages I just read a minute or two later unless they were actual plot points. I'm still a bit newer to reading so maybe that's a focus development thing

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      your friend is right

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Why? They're just bits of paper and card board.
        If it isn't some rarity I'm planning on selling the primary value is the content. I don't buy books to look at the cover.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Short answer: no

    I buy lots of used books to I don't get to be picky all the time

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Used book Chad

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't because but I kinda wish I did, there's a point in between your bookshelf looking like a cringe uniform magazine rack and a tasteful collection, I do like Oxford's classics which look very nice and have very pretty cover I have a fair good deal of them, along with penguin of course, but those mainly on account of their price

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I buy from the publisher that has the best cover.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you buy all your classics from same publishers?
    No because sometimes an edition is better in certain publishers than others (better translation, annotations, extras, unabridged, etc).

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I tend to buy the Norton critical editions whenever possible. They seem to care more about preserving the original text than other publishers. Their edition of Huckleberry Finn includes all the illustrations that were published alongside each chapter, and Persuasion include the alternate ending that Austen omitted. Makes for a pleasant reading experience. I also like reading the critical essays—a few are very insightful, and the ones that aren’t give you a glimpse into the severe brain affliction that often affects academics

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    classics r gay

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    90% of my books are from used book stores, they're worn and mix matched publishes.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nah, I almost exclusively buy my books used and that means I generally can't be too picky about the publishers. I do like Everyman quite a bit, though, and I have a few from them. I wish they had a larger poetry selection, though, because I don't know where to find good poetry hardcovers.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I prefer sewn bindings with acid free paper were possible.
    Hardcovers are nice, but not absolutely necessary, but usually are present when buying books with sewn bindings and acid freebpaper.
    Everyman’s Library and Library of America are nice for this reason.
    Some titles not available from EL or LoA have to be purchased with glued bindings and or acidic paper and in paperback form.
    Generally, original hardcover printings of books when new to the market are printed on acid free paper, and sometimes have seen bindings, however sewn bindings are way less common in first printings than they used to be.
    Sometimes I’ll search out older hardcover editions of books.
    Folio Society are nice, and usually, although not always, cheaper than buying a first edition.
    The Barnes & Noble “Deluxe” Meme editions are sort of nice.
    Modern library has acid free paper that isn’t bad, but they glue the bindings, and don’t even use the folio gluing system, that can be rebound and sewn if the glue fails.
    With other books like architecture books, art books, and certain specialty publications, apparently the niche audience, or authors, are highly picky, and insist on better printing and binding quality.
    The same goes for graphic novels.
    I’ve had older glued books fall apart and it annoys the fricking hell out of me.
    Apparently most “literature” readers, must be the equivalent of fast food eaters at places like McDonalds or Wendys, and quality doesn’t matter, so you wind up with cheap paper and glued bindings.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >food analogy
      The book is the packaging, not the food.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/HTEDyLa.jpg

      Do you buy all your classics from same publishers? On the other hand I would like to collect Everyman's Library books but I kind a thing that it looks stupid if your bookshelf is too uniform, it looks like you were just subscribed to some book club and probably hadn't read those books so maybe it's better to buy from different publishers every once in a while

      I love the Everyman's... my only gripe is that the covers aren't consistent. I know they're differentiating between the ancient, classics, and contemporary lines, but I prefer the uniformity.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        thats so beautiful, I'm jealous. When I graduate I'm gonna re-donate all my used books and buy them again in new hardcover (mostly) single publisher prints

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I know they're differentiating between the ancient, classics, and contemporary lines, but I prefer the uniformity.
        At least there's a pattern. Library of America books don't even have a coloring code, it's just whatever the frick they feel like that day. I'm not even kidding.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I’m half tempted to print all my own dust covers for them so they’re consistent in my collection. Printing white text on the correct weight of black cardstock seems feasible.

          The ultimate dream of course would be having my entire library rebound so that they’re all similar, regardless of size or dust cover.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Recently had a chance to buy the Dante for like $20-something, declined because I already own and have marked up the cheap mass market paperback Bantam editions from years ago. I kinda regret it now even though I know it's silly.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Nice Dumbarton-Oaks editions.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are there any affordable hardback sewn and acid free Italian, French or German publishers?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Are there any affordable hardback sewn and acid free Italian, French or German publishers?
      “Bibliothèque de la Pléiade“ is the French version of Everyman’s Library or Library of America, and hoes back to the 1930s.
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblioth%C3%A8que_de_la_Pl%C3%A9iade
      There is supposedly an Italian version “Biblioteca della Pléiade.”.
      German publishers seem to be somewhat decent at using acid free paper, and sewn bindings.
      Most Everyman’s Library editions are printed and bound in Germany, and even paperback books I’ve gotten from Germany have sometimes been sewn.
      I’m not sure about a particular series though, but would not be surprised if one or more existed.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I wish there were more publishers of buckram bound books
    I like Buckram the best
    I don't like leather

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Buckram can have issues in high humidity, or it it gets wet.
      The corners also get obvious wear.
      I had to carry a buckram bound binder and notebook in elementary school, and they tended to look like crap after a year.
      There is heavy duty bookbinding buckram that is used for binding and rebinding permanent records for municipalities, and archives, etc., but that is rarely the buckram used for binding off the shelf book editions.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you buy all your classics
    No, I tend to borrow, find, rescue or steal.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >stealing books
      unequivocally based. Stealing knowledge. If any kind of stealing could be cool, its that kind

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have never purchased a book in my life. I steal all my books

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      ok, Jamal.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        come on now, we both know Black folk dont read.
        but DEI blackrock-owned bookstores insist on pandering to Black folk, so I will continue to expand my knowledge via mercurial methods, at their economic and security expense. cry more, illiterate capon.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        jamal cant read

        https://i.imgur.com/nprdoIv.gif

        I have never purchased a book in my life. I steal all my books

        https://i.imgur.com/piaqayH.jpg

        come on now, we both know Black folk dont read.
        but DEI blackrock-owned bookstores insist on pandering to Black folk, so I will continue to expand my knowledge via mercurial methods, at their economic and security expense. cry more, illiterate capon.

        after reading this I might start stealing from barnes and noble... I steal most my groceries anyways. I bet B&N has even less security than a grocery store plus I can get new and un-fricked books without spending a fortune that way

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >ok, Jamal.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >after reading this I might start stealing from barnes and noble... I steal most my groceries anyways. I bet B&N has even less security than a grocery store plus I can get new and un-fricked books without spending a fortune that way
          I live in a major city, and the Barnes & Noble just moved to a different building.
          There seem to be 3 to 6 security guards in the new location at all times.
          The location also got rid of the Starbucks Cafe and public restrooms.
          Most Supermarkets in the area only have one, or at most two security guards, except maybe the Walmart two to three miles away.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          a surprising number of books have anti-theft RFID tags. if you do steal, feel around the covers for a rectangular lump, and rifle through the pages to check for a square sticker with embedded circuitry.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >stealing books
      unequivocally based. Stealing knowledge. If any kind of stealing could be cool, its that kind

      jamal cant read
      [...]
      [...]
      after reading this I might start stealing from barnes and noble... I steal most my groceries anyways. I bet B&N has even less security than a grocery store plus I can get new and un-fricked books without spending a fortune that way

      If you're a real person (1st worlder) then stealing physical books makes no sense. You can go on bookfinder and find almost any classic for like $3-$6. That's a great money-to-entertainment value considering how many hours it takes ro read a decent sized book.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        > If you're a real person (1st worlder)

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >If you're a real person (1st worlder)
        daily reminder that this is what the first worlder "culture" looks like

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >burgerstani
          >1st world
          ?

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Half of the IQfy classics are long time out of print in my country. I have to buy used or download some ghetto e-pub convert from a weird site. Notes from the underground for example is so rare in my country that it costs like $150.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It’s only going to get worse fren

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Half of the IQfy classics are long time out of print in my country. I have to buy used or download some ghetto e-pub convert from a weird site. Notes from the underground for example is so rare in my country that it costs like $150.
      South America?
      Somewhere in Central Asia?
      Canada?
      Portugal?

      Most major Western countries don’t seem to charge import duties on individual book purchases, and usually have reduced shipping rates as well for media thru the postal systems.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Nope. Poland.

        Yeah I can import books easily, there are even stores here that have Penguin Classics in stock, ready to ship out. The thing is, I prefer reading in my native language, not only because I know it better, but also because I use Polish as my only writing language. I don't really like English, I use it more as a tool to communicate with others.

        I barely read any books by English authors, and what's the point of reading a German book translated into a language that I don't feel too comfortable speaking or reading? Also, Russian books are better translated into other Slav languages than into English.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Much more of a quality of the binding thing for me. I usually try to get all from the same few publishers, just because you know for certain they'll be decent with sewn, not perfect, bindings.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't even buy them in the same language.

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