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Subject: good publisher for classics?
Date Posted: 6/24/2008 9:16 PM ET
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There are so many different editions of a lot of the classics and some are pretty thick.I want a copy to keep and be able to read the print easily and, well, have it easy to hold, etc and not start falling apart on me.

sorry if this is a stupid question, but I've gotten hold of a few that I put back on the shelf because I was afraid it would break in half before I could finish. For instance, Gone With the  Wind is a book I've been meaning to read and yes, I"m ashamed to admit I've never even seen the  movie beginning to end in one sitting :-( but I"ve been wanting to read the book along with Jane Austen's..I found several books with all of Austen's books but was wondering if it would hold up. Also wa nting to read Hound of the Baskervilles and others by Doyle...

I've always preferred paperbacks for ease of toting around and price. I don't necessarily need large print but tiny print crammed on a page is hard on my eyes.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 10:29 PM ET
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I like the Penguin editions myself.  They're paperbacks but hold up really well and the texts are easy to read.

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 2:36 PM ET
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Barnes & Noble Classics are nice, too. They have interesting notes and commentary, and most of them are pretty cheap. Some can get a little thick (for example, my copy of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. I-- which includes Baskervilles), but they're never extremely hard to hold or carry. (That honor goes to my unabridged Les Mis. Even for a paperback... yeesh.)

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 6:31 PM ET
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I think you may find Penguins to have print that's smaller than you like, though it may have changed with the new format they are using.

Oxford World Classics are pretty nice.  They are a little larger than a mass market paperback, so the print is a bit larger and easier to read.

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 6:50 PM ET
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The print in the Penguin classics editions is actually fairly large-- larger than both the Oxford and B&N prints, so far as I am aware (I'm reading the Penguin edition of Mansfield Park at the moment). It would definitely be easy to read.

Date Posted: 6/29/2008 5:59 PM ET
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yeah, they've changed their format from when I was reading them back in college.  They used to be standard mmpbs, and it looks like they've switched over to trade sized.  So I imagine the type is probably larger than I remember.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 1:05 AM ET
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I absolutely love Barnes and Noble Classics Hardcovers... you can find them pretty cheap now a days and they look good on your bookshelf.