Penguin classics: OMG.

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Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 1 October 2005 04:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Free shipping, thank goodness.

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 1 October 2005 04:21 (fourteen years ago) link

I, uh, kinda have a thing for Penguin Classics in the first place. Although usually it's because you can get used copies for pretty durn cheap.

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 1 October 2005 04:27 (fourteen years ago) link

You Save: $5,326.34

Hurting (Hurting), Saturday, 1 October 2005 04:40 (fourteen years ago) link

I love these too! And they've got cool new covers! And are cheap! Because most of the authors are dead! But Wordsworth's Classics are even fantasticer at $4.95!

salexander (salexander), Saturday, 1 October 2005 05:13 (fourteen years ago) link

they did this last year w/the Criterion Collection DVDs, too. I wonder if anyone actually buys them.

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Saturday, 1 October 2005 06:44 (fourteen years ago) link

OMG indeed, tho those are not my favourite Penguin covers.

Don King of the Mountain (noodle vague), Saturday, 1 October 2005 09:00 (fourteen years ago) link


Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Saturday, 1 October 2005 10:00 (fourteen years ago) link

(casuistry: only the black ones or just penguin classics in general? I fetischize the grey 20th century classics and the orange-y popular classics most of all.)

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Saturday, 1 October 2005 10:04 (fourteen years ago) link

I am also partial to the grey covers, but think they are actually SILVER. There's something so satisfying about them. Epitome of elegance.

salexander (salexander), Saturday, 1 October 2005 10:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, definitley silver.

What's the difference between the silver ones and the blue/greenish ones? I mean, black = highbrow cache, orange = the people's lit, and popular poetry is pretty self-explanatory; but the silver ones and the blue ones both seem to be 20th century classics.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Saturday, 1 October 2005 11:09 (fourteen years ago) link

I guess per an NPR report a few weeks ago, about 9 people had bought them, including one of the Amazon reviewers.

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 1 October 2005 14:35 (fourteen years ago) link

but the silver ones and the blue ones both seem to be 20th century classics.

I've noticed that books I've bought in aquamarine have been republished in silver, so I think they are moving the collection over to the new colours.

Navek Rednam (Navek Rednam), Saturday, 1 October 2005 18:28 (fourteen years ago) link

I've just cum all over my computer.

SRH (Skrik), Saturday, 1 October 2005 19:38 (fourteen years ago) link

It seems like the silvers may have the best designed covers. They also aren't available in the USA, which could be why they are color coded different than the blacks (just guessing). The aquamarine ones were generally some of the most dull looking books I've seen - I'm glad they are slowly disappearing. The newly designed black ones tend to be a big improvement, but not quite worth the price hike. I'm also not too keen on the two finish covers. That switch from smooth to rough is slightly unpleasant. Occasionally the black covers are downright awful. For instance the black spine version of On the Road is a disgrace.

Jeff LeVine (Jeff LeVine), Sunday, 2 October 2005 03:08 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Penguin Classics deckchairs?

Jaq (Jaq), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:45 (fourteen years ago) link

I was hoping for the black-spined look.

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:54 (fourteen years ago) link

I'd buy some of those mugs, but I don't really have enough of a relationship with any of the books featured to invest ("The Great Gatsby" comes closest.)

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:58 (fourteen years ago) link

"Carry On Jeeves" teatowel! yes!!!

etc, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 01:36 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

I love that the Amazon link here still works.

Only 1 left in stock--order soon (more on the way).

thomp, Monday, 3 August 2009 20:00 (ten years ago) link

"This item is not eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping"

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 August 2009 21:19 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

Don't know what to make of the merger talks with Random House. Reminiscent of the consolidation that happened when the music industry collapsed. I'm not sure P3@rs0n sees much of a future in physical fiction sales or is 100% sure of the revenue model for digital going forward.

Go Narine, Go! (ShariVari), Friday, 26 October 2012 07:27 (seven years ago) link

it'll be really nice to add the collected works of ayn rand and friedrich hayek to the library of Penguin classics

but the boo boyz are getting to (Z S), Sunday, 28 October 2012 21:49 (seven years ago) link

Ha, there are at least three Rand books in the Penguin Modern Classics library already!

Go Narine, Go! (ShariVari), Sunday, 28 October 2012 22:12 (seven years ago) link

haha, really?

ok not to get all fahrenheit 451 but that library could probably be cut down in size a little

but the boo boyz are getting to (Z S), Sunday, 28 October 2012 22:37 (seven years ago) link

Deal with BMG has been done. 53% stake sold, 47% retained. Will be called Penguin Random House.

Go Narine, Go! (ShariVari), Monday, 29 October 2012 08:33 (seven years ago) link


set the controls for the heart of the congos (thomp), Monday, 29 October 2012 09:42 (seven years ago) link

really gutted they decided against Random Penguins

but yeah this isn't great

Polly Toynbee OK (Noodle Vague), Monday, 29 October 2012 11:16 (seven years ago) link

I suspect the Murdoch leak and the rumour of a 75% stake going over to BMG (via the FT, which is owned by the same company as Penguin) was to make this look like a less awful option. In fairness, it could have been a lot worse. It's very difficult to say how much of an impact this'll have on the running of Penguin or the books that it carries. The deal still has to be ratified by the competition authorities and the integration isn't really expected until late 2013. No details have been released at this stage.

Go Narine, Go! (ShariVari), Monday, 29 October 2012 11:52 (seven years ago) link

Does anybody know what the asking price was when this was initially posted. Looking at what it says now & its a couple of thousand nearly so I'm assuming that isn't the same figure.

Stevolende, Monday, 29 October 2012 12:01 (seven years ago) link

sorry, bit out there. actually $13,400.00 which makes it sound like even less of an offer.
Surprised that a marketplace seller would do something like that, is it cheaper to buy the titles individually? Just seems a meaningless figure when it's that high, doubt if anybody would avail of the offer.

Stevolende, Monday, 29 October 2012 12:04 (seven years ago) link

I don't know. You often hear of rich people buying books by the yard to make their houses look better. I can see the appeal of having 1100 of the "greatest books in history" as a ready-made library. It's almost certainly a big saving on the individual RRPs but probably not a massive one on the Amazon prices.

I would be willing to listen to offers in the region of $10,000 for my collection of 800 or so, btw.

Go Narine, Go! (ShariVari), Monday, 29 October 2012 12:48 (seven years ago) link

Okay, the conversation overlapped for a second there and I thought Stevolende was saying that Penguin was bought out for $13,000, and I was all, "B-b-but we could've bought them out!"

Come Into My Layer (Old Lunch), Monday, 29 October 2012 13:01 (seven years ago) link

it was like medium four digits i think.

set the controls for the heart of the congos (thomp), Monday, 29 October 2012 13:19 (seven years ago) link

xpost, me too. ILX Penguin!

but the boo boyz are getting to (Z S), Monday, 29 October 2012 15:20 (seven years ago) link

Two of the largest book publishers -- Penguin, home to Patricia Cornwell and Nora Roberts, and Random House, which publishes E.L. James and George R.R. Martin --

abanana, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 15:13 (seven years ago) link

five years pass...


— Hannah Gais (@hannahgais) July 28, 2018


Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 28 July 2018 23:55 (one year ago) link

on several levels

the Joao looked at Jonny (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 29 July 2018 00:05 (one year ago) link


money of course. his only value is the human centipede of fanboys who follow him.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 29 July 2018 00:22 (one year ago) link

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