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Hardcover Beauties

By posted at 3:12 pm on March 15, 2010 6

Penguin is putting out snazzy, mesmerizing, jacket-less hardcover editions of a number of classics. These remind of the old books on my parents’ shelves. You won’t be able to get your hands on these for a few months though.

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6 Responses to “Hardcover Beauties”

  1. James
    at 5:17 pm on March 15, 2010

    Some of these have been out in Canada for a while. You can even get ’em for $15 CAN plus tax, which a decent price for nice covers.

  2. Kati
    at 6:01 pm on March 15, 2010

    These have been in bookstores since before Christmas. Or, at least, I saw a few in a Border’s in CT in December.

  3. Matt
    at 6:05 pm on March 15, 2010

    I’d be curious to know if any of these are abridged. That “Treasure Island” looks like a winner, but not if it’s an abridged version –

  4. Anonymous
    at 8:16 am on March 16, 2010
  5. Maire
    at 1:41 pm on March 17, 2010

    Yes, many of them have been available in the states since before Christmas; I got two as gifts. It looks like they are slowly adding to the collection, so some books have not yet been released.

    Neither of the two that I have are abridged. In fact, for the two I have, the insides are basically all the nice features of a paperback Penguin Classic. (Intro, Text, Notes, Appendices if necessary.) Actually, it seems like these are all just the insides of a penguin classic with awesome awesome covers.

  6. Steve
    at 11:05 pm on June 1, 2010

    Knowing Penguin, these books are printed on flimsy newspaper paper that turns brown in 10 years (or 5). The “hardcover” boards will be flimsy. Don’t buy em to keep around.

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