The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 October 2007

Much more in hardcover

A note from Nate:

Over at Amazon, you can apparently buy the entire Penguin Classics library for $7,989.50, which, it turns out, is a savings of exactly $5,326.34 (40%).

Imagine that for a moment, if you will: this is a collection of exactly 1,082 books that — let's be generous and say you actually WILL read one of them a week for 1,082 weeks — would take you damn near 21 years to read.

At the time I checked the link, there were only two sets left, and I'm assuming Brian J. Noggle will snag one of them. And yes, shipping is free.

Posted at 11:26 AM to Entirely Too Cool

Holy moly. I couldn't even scratch the surface of that many books... but... I am drawn to the collection. I want it. Must... have... it.

Posted by: GreenCanary at 12:58 PM on 11 October 2007

Once I remove the ones I've already read, I bet it wouldn't take me 15 years to get through the stack.

These, however, are paperbacks. I tend to avoid buying paperbacks unless there are no hardbacks to be bought at a garage sale. I will add it to my Amazon wish list, however.

Posted by: Brian J. at 2:13 PM on 11 October 2007

I'm certain he would (Brian J. Noggle) if not for the matter of the family budget. Pesky budget.

And paperbacks - pleh. We're snobs, doncha know?


Posted by: hln at 2:19 PM on 11 October 2007

As they say on LOLcat:


Except, of course, for three small matters:

1. I don't really have $8K to throw around like that. Even if they're 40% off.

2. There's the small matter of "where to keep them." My house is already approaching Total Bookshelf Domination and until I build that anti-gravity device that allows me to store stuff on the ceiling, I don't have space.

3. I have a full-time (more than that, some weeks) career. A more realistic estimate for my reading them would be something like 50 years, and I'm sadly afraid I might not have that much time left (or if I do, my eyes will fail before my body does).

But still, what a lovely own ALL the Penguin Classics.

(And I care not that they are in paperback. Makes reading 'em in bed - which is where I usually read - that much easier.)

Posted by: fillyjonk at 8:26 PM on 11 October 2007

For the most part, I prefer paperbacks as I can, unless it is a very thick one, drop it in my back pocket and take it with me wherever I go.

Posted by: unimpressed at 2:20 PM on 12 October 2007