Everyman's simply beautiful books
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They are, as I said, lovely, and on top of that, they are durable. I don't really think any book can match an Everyman's.
AndrewL, thanks for your comment. I take your point about the pages being on the thin side, but that is not a problem for a CAREFUL book handler such as myself. I pass over my Everyman's only to those who absolutely love books.
Small, neat, durable and very readable with usually a book list in the back which pretty much mirrors my own reading wishlist. What other series can you find Thomas Babington Macaulay's History John Evelyn's Diary and Richard Hakluyt's voyages.
I can literally say Everyman turned me into a reader. Inheriting a complete Dickens collection in the small red volumes, obviously collected as shelf fillers and scandalously unread, I felt I must do them justice and read them. Taking a writer I may never have read in 100 years the books made him my favourite author and shifted my entire book reading focus if not my entire world view.
Aside from dog-eared penguins (i'm a cheap-skate) Everymans are the books I mainly buy. I do not know how I managed to resist throwing away a brand new copy of The Anatomy of Melancholy to buy a battered Everyman version in three volumes which would be so much more convenient to read on the bus.
Still, I think it's an amazing publication, and I really approve of the initial reasons for it.
Sorry about the misunderstanding. You make a good point. From the Everyman's in my collection, however, the slight (in my opinion, and I am a fussy type) problem is only apparent in something like one in four. This is not an extensive survey, and of course some books are of higher quality than others.
What do other members think about this?
I've been trying to determine another way of distinguishing between the two. I thought for a while that the extra Knopf on the bottom of the spine (some have it, some don't) might be it, but it doesn't seem so.
Zeno's Conscience has the nice cream coloured paper, Bembo typeface, smooth thick paper. Heart of Darkness for example has much whiter, thinner paper, low quality typeface.
Superficially, the volumes of the Everyman's Library (EL) and the Library of America (LOA) series are very similar. Both are roughly the same dimensions with Smyth-sewn cloth cases and silk ribbon markers. EL uses European-style half-round spines while LOA have flat spines bound with the grain of the paper so they open easily and lie flat. Both use acid-free paper, EL's is a higher weight cream and LOA is a lighter weight fade-resistant white. EL volumes are printed in various fonts and sizes, LOA uses a standard Linotron Galliard 10-point font in all volumes. EL come in eight different colors: sand (poetry), mauve (ancient), light green (non-western), light blue (17th century), dark green (18th century), dark red (19th century), dark blue (20th century), and scarlet (contemporary). LOA come in four colors (no color-coding assigned): red, blue, green, and tan. Most EL books are jacketed and all volumes are being jacketed as they go through reprints. LOA is either in a slipcase (subscribers) or in a black jacket (retail) and are packaged in plastic wrap from the publisher.
Is there a subscription program for EL or do you just acquire their books through leading books sellers?
I would really appreciate if someone could post just some pictures showing the binding of EL.
There are some pix on there.
I subscribe to LOA and Everyman's is my go-to for non-American titles, though I have to be sure of the translation for non-English works. There is no subscription for Everyman's.
I do like the LOA slipcases. I might just follow your advice and just subscribe to LOA and buy Everyman now and then (much nicer without their dust-jackets) - yes the translation is dealbreaker
A few years late but pictures are up in another thread in this group. I think I'll even put up a website and post binding details on books I buy. But finding out that some Everyman's Library books were glued was really frustrating as I didn't expect it.
As I stated in the other threads please, report on the books you have: Title, number of pages, publishing date and whether it's glued or sewn. Should not be hard to notice the difference. I hope to find some common factor for glued and sewn so I (we) can decide my (our) next purchase.
I stumbled upon your post today about the glued spine of some EL books. I't's quite shocking indeed and I believe it's a good idea to list or report EL books that are glued so as to avoid them!
On another note how are you finding LOA? Are you happy with their catalogue? I am mostly interested in non-fiction ie. on history and founding fathers, etc. I have been tossing and turining about the idea of joining but am to concerned with taxes on my side of the pond. $25 + $15 shipping is not that much but with around 35 to 40% taxes on top makes a lot of difference. Maybe I should make another topic over in LOA
Regarding subscription. I'm located in Sweden and asked them a month ago if they send books from USA or somewhere in Europe to European subscribers. They told me it was sent directly from the US. I don't think we have any tariff on books in Sweden but the taxes are 6%. It's not a huge amount of money but the shipping is cumbersome (whatever carrier it is they use) and something I'm trying to avoid (FedEx DHL and so on, I like our domestic that leaves the package at some store for me to pick up). Note that they are very easy to find and rather cheap in Sweden (40$ for ISBN13: 9781883011185, with 1$=7 SEK it's about 280 SEK and I can find it for 250 SEK in the usual shops). So I asked if I could buy the slipcases without becoming a member (as I do like the dust-jackets as well and would like to have them to). They said 4$ per slipcase and 24.50$ shipping regardless package size. With the slipcases the price gets around the advertised 40$. My idea is to buy a lot of slipcases in one batch from them when I have most of the books I want or order in advance.
You should mail them and ask specifically for your country though. What country is it, if you don't mind me asking, the taxes on books sound huge! I hope I at least gave some useful information even though I'm not subscribing. I guess it would be good to ask over in the LOA group.
EDIT: Saw your post over there now, should I say good luck, or hope you come to some good conclusion on what to do :).
http://www.adlibris.com/dk/ (I have ordered from the Swedish site a few times, they have been generous and have he lowest prices by a few SEK as far as I can see). Looks like the standard site now. The Danish site does have higher prices though. For example. ISBN13: 9780940450653 (221 SEK) -> (252 DDK), with the current exchange 1.14 -> 287 SEK. Around 22% more expensive. I would guess that's your taxes and nothing the store can do about (Sweden have 6% on books as I said earlier).
http://www.cdon.com They should work as well. Have ordered a few times, once book and it worked well. Can be much cheaper on some titles with their continuous discounts.
So, I don't know. Maybe try the Swedish bokus but I would guess that Post Denmark might charge something then. Although I, for some reason, think Post Denmark and the Swedish Posten are merged, what that now means for us. Heck, maybe try the Norwegian site if they have 0% tax on books although they are outside the EU, but I guess no tariffs and taxes should be added when importing from them.
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