When collecting books by series or by author, how much does it matter to you whether all the books are of the same imprint and/or design?

When collecting books by series or by author, how much does it matter to you whether all the books are of the same imprint and/or design?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    For collecting only first editions matter, unless they're being produced by a speciality workshop in which case the imprint is important.... but this only applies to a very small number of imprints.

    If I'm just stocking my bookshelf then absolutely imprint matters. The spine of the book is, imo, the most important part of the design and should be consistent. Other parts of tbe book don't matter so much, and if the books have identical covers its kind of annoying although I do have a series of books exactly like that which are very nice.

    A good imprint is like a recomendation from an erudite friend, its a mark of quality, a certain je ne sais quoi that you can trust. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Gallimard, Adelphi, and New York Review of Books are all imprints I'd consider falling under this category.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >The spine of the book is, imo, the most important part of the design and should be consistent.
      Based and spinepilled

      No, it doesn't. Unless you're OCD or really like one specific publisher.
      I collected all of the Penguin Science Fiction collection that came out in 2021. Although I already had some of the books they released. It was a bit of a consoomer moment, but I found the volumes quite nice and I really loved the purple spines.
      https://www.penguin.co.uk/series/PENGSCIFI/penguin-science-fiction

      That's a nice series too, absolutely fantastic cover designs. I picked up the Cat's Cradle from that because I'm a big Vonnegut fan, but I haven't got anything else. Looking at that page, though, I'm tempted by The Cyberiad and Robot
      Penguin does these little mass market paperbacks very nicely. The Orwells in the OP have the same cover/page textures as that Sci-Fi collection and it feels so tactile. I wish all paperbacks felt like that.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >only first editions matter
      Why? Why do they matter at all. I don't understand this moronic obsession people have with first editions. Who cares.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Spoken like someone who hasn't ever had a first edition

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Spoken like someone who collects funko pops

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Because they have a clear limit on the amount of copies that exist. Any decent print shop can make a "delux limited edition" run to sell to morons at marked up prices, but that shitty chapbook printed on toiletpaper which ran under 500 copies will always be Edgar Alen Poe's first novel. Just practically speaking, if you want any resale value for your collection it should be primarily first editions.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Because it's nice to own a physical piece of history, anon
        Also this:

        Because they have a clear limit on the amount of copies that exist. Any decent print shop can make a "delux limited edition" run to sell to morons at marked up prices, but that shitty chapbook printed on toiletpaper which ran under 500 copies will always be Edgar Alen Poe's first novel. Just practically speaking, if you want any resale value for your collection it should be primarily first editions.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I prefer a single complete works collection, even if it has to be multiple volumes. But if I'm not trying to get the complete works then I don't care really.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    No, it doesn't. Unless you're OCD or really like one specific publisher.
    I collected all of the Penguin Science Fiction collection that came out in 2021. Although I already had some of the books they released. It was a bit of a consoomer moment, but I found the volumes quite nice and I really loved the purple spines.
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/series/PENGSCIFI/penguin-science-fiction

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't sort by author so it doesn't matter much.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Absolute psychopath

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Better a psychopath than a phoneposter.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >implying
          I took the photo with my phone and then emailed it to myself so I could make this thread on my computer.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >how much does it matter to you whether all the books are of the same imprint and/or design?
    Doesn't matter at all. I'm only concerned about collecting every work.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think I'd deconstruct your question first - you ask: when "Collecting" books by series.......

    If "Collecting" to keep - then I want them in the same edition, size, cover style / binding art etc

    If I'm just reading to enjoy - who cares then

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think these are two mutually exclusive things. You can read and enjoy a book as well as wanting to keep it.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Y'all keep your books?
    I return them to the library, return them to the library OP.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I care about the contents of the books I read, therefore I have an ereader. None of this superficially autistic shit

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      eReaders are far more autistic than just getting an actual book

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >go on Anna's archive
        >click download
        Vs
        >Find which publisher you want book from so it matches le shelf aesthetic
        >Spend hours finding which store has your specific version
        >Go to store, oops they dont actually have that version
        >Order it to store, and go back days later to pick up your book
        >You just wasted a week of your life instead of 5 minutes getting a book

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >a pleasant afternoon procuring a beautifully produced physical copy of a book, which you can read at your leisure
          >the instant dopamine rush of clicking download plus 8-12 hours of staring at a screen
          Which way modern man? Keep in mind only one of these actually supports the continued creation of great works of literature.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Staring at a book is equivalent to staring at an ereader. Keep wasting time on le physical book and pointless aesthetics, I'll be over here reading

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Keep wasting time on le imageboard and pointless discussions. I'll be over here reading.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Keep wasting time on le imageboard and pointless discussions. I'll be over here reading.

            Ladies, please. You're both wasting time on an image board

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Keep wasting time replying to my posts. I'll be over here reading.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Reading these posts on an image board, I presume

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Keep wasting time on le imageboard and pointless discussions. I'll be over here reading.

            [...]
            Ladies, please. You're both wasting time on an image board

            Keep wasting time reading. I'm going to be having cool discussions on the IQfy.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yup, you've definitely got autism

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The only books I "collect" are Everyman's Library, so my rule of thumb is to get a book if it's available in their catalogue, unless there's a particular translation or edition that I'm looking for, in which case I get that.
    Otherwise, I'm completely fine with a mixed, eclectic shelf, since the books look curated rather than something I just bought in one shopping binge as wall decor.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't mind, I like the variety of different designs

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