Do you prefer Oxford World Classics of Penguin Classics for your personal library?

Do you prefer Oxford World Classics of Penguin Classics for your personal library?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Penguin have a much better selection of Icelandic sagas than Oxford do

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Oxford has a book of Galen.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        post the title or ISBN

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          https://www.amazon.com/Selected-Works-Oxford-Worlds-Classics/dp/0192839373

          This is a selected works but it still shocked me because it’s not the typical fare (fiction, novels, plays, poetry) Oxford usually releases.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Great books of the western world for first time reads. Penguin classics for works I am rereading and want notes, annotations for while also having to suffer through a more mediocre translation. For the Greeks they are particularly bad at that.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Both are good. I like the look of Penguin more but I think the Oxford are usually better with notes and analysis.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Penguin is far more readable and it is also annotated so you won’t miss anything. Honestly, they’re too annotated (Penelope- the wife of Odysseus in Greek mythology) but you can be certain you’ll get the full picture.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on which cover looks better. I think I prefer Oxford's covers, but I hate seeing bookshelves on here with only Penguin or only Oxford classics all stacked up next to each other. It makes me cringe.
    Also I prefer hardcover/leatherbound for books with real spiritual significance. Just got this version of Paradise Lost from Penguin cause the covers are pretty neat.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have this one and it's lovely. As with all the Penguin hardcovers, though, the paint is absolutely shit; after just a single rereading I panicked thinking that was bleeding somehow, when it was only the flaking pigments.

      I predict I'll manage to read it like 5 times before I'm left with the nothing but the cloth.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I was going to comment on that too. I peeled the barcode sticker off the back and now there’s a barcode-sticker-shaped rectangle on the back where a ton of the paint came off. It’s a shame, but whatever.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The paint won't come off with the sticker if you do it real slowly; though I didn't know that with my first, the Paradise lost, and had what you had. It's still going to come off anywhere if you touch it at all, though, lmao...

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Oxford for in-depth readings, difficult works and translations because the endnotes are much better
    Penguin for novels and light reading because they are cheap

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For non-English books, it reaaaally depends on the translation they're offering. I judge them individually. I don't blindly buy either one. For instance I have Eugene Onegin (Oxford), Kalevala (Penguin), Peloponnesian War (Penguin), Against Nature (Oxford). Just based on the translations I liked.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Penguin Classics arguably look better on a shelf but Oxford makes way better editions as far as actual scholarship goes.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel the Oxford are constructed more durably and hold up better over time.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      All of them are glued together so it doesn't really matter.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Glued books can last a lot. They're made better than in the past. Oxford in contrast to Penguin has thicker pages and covers, and overall feels more sturdy.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Frick glued bindings.
          Frick acidic paper.
          Frick books ghat have started falling apart and deteriorating when you want to read them again.
          It was one thing when cheaply printed books cost $2-$5.
          Oxford and Penguin just cost way to much for quality of the paper and binding.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Why buy new? If you’re buying these books it’s not to keep forever or a great reading experience. Just buy used, then they’ll still be 3-5 bucks. Shove it in a pocket, you don’t need to give a shit, as was actually the point originally.
            Ever since they changed to an arty design people started treating them like they were some high end publisher for display. Some fat balding marketing graduate won again.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Buying classics in used condition is the enlightened way.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Oxford.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I prefer Norton Critical Editions

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      some of the ugliest front covers out of any publishing house

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Penguin has a much wider selection from all over the world, but Oxford has (generally) better translations and annotations, and the physical book is much better quality. Penguin feels like they make their books with toilet paper, one read can frick up the book pretty bad.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Nah, see my post near the top. Oxford has medical stuff like Galen.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Penguin has a much wider selection from all over the world,
      Very true. Penguin sells Asian and Latin American books but Oxford doesn't sell books from those regions. Penguin also sells obscure European and American books that would never be published by Oxford. Penguin's catalogue is just so much bigger.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Oxford; they are more resistant and can lay flat.

    Penguin's are more aesthetic but the spine is cracking after the first read and the glossy covers get scratched really easily

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >can lay flat.
      ?

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