Friday, July 11, 2008

People of the Book

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM

This, about a new line of backlist Penguin paperbacks, makes me want to ask: do any of you guys buy paperbacks compulsively just so you have as wide a variety as possible of all the different design templates places like Penguin and Vintage employ for their library of classics? Like how recently Penguin Classics switched their primary design from seafoam green spine/black and white photo with white title box on the cover to black spine and bottom third of front cover/painting on the upper two thirds of the cover*, and now I'm trying to by up as much of the old ones as I can before they go out of circulation? (Weirdly, I also have a lot of the orange spine/text-based cover Penguin Classics from just prior to the seafoam era; not a good stretch for Penguin.) Do you guys have preferred editions when buying used books? Or am I destined to die alone, with nothing but my fourteen different editions of Libra to keep me company?

* I refer, of course, to U.S. editions only; of course whenever I see a U.K. edition I have to get it, for the sake of variety.

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