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Author Topic: Jules Verne and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, yay!  (Read 2217 times)
Morluna
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« on: April 04, 2007, 04:05:53 am »

I picked up two books this afternoon, Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days and Doyle's The Lost World. Altogether, I spent about $7.00 on the both of them. I was in shock at the sales in my campus bookstore!



I started reading the Doyle one, and I really like it so far. I think I read a watered down children's version of 80 Days when I was a kid... and I remember liking it okay, so I thought I would give it a go. Plus it was so pretty I couldn't resist. It even has gold-edged pages! Oh and I should have photographed the back cover... it has a gold inlay of latitude and longitude lines with corresponding numbers making a map grid. So pretty.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2007, 04:33:56 am »

Oooh, sounds nice.  Is your bookstore a Barnes and Noble?  Whatever criticisms one might have about B&N, they do put out good-looking and inexpensive versions of classics, which are perfect for reading and beautifying a bookshelf. You might want to look at their new releases for 2007- Phantom of the Opera is on the list! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/classics/index.asp?z=y&cds2Pid=9481&linkid=866047

I'm still fond of my copy of the Complete Tales of Sherlock Holmes.  The paper was pulpy, but the book looks lovely on the shelf, and it brings back wonderful memories.  While I love the internet, there is nothing like settling down with an actual book.  The B&N classics are the perfect size for tossing into a book bag on a summer day or for keeping on a nightstand.

I think ebooks will only become popular when they can not only fit comfortably in one's hand while not costing a fortune, but can also be set to read the story in a comforting tone, and make that riffling sound that one gets with paper.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2007, 10:59:09 am »

Nope, it's just a local college-owned bookstore. But yes, Barnes and Noble does put out awesome classics. I love them. ^_^

I am in agreement concerning ebooks. I tried to get into them a few years ago when they were still relatively new... but they didn't stick with me. Like you said, the lack of portability coupled with the fact that it just doesn't feel the same... they just aren't as satisfying.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2007, 03:32:27 pm »

Oh i Love 80 days around the World. There was a cartoon version of it on tv when i was littlehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Around_the_World_with_Willy_Fog, i think it may have been a bad influence on me Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2007, 04:33:42 pm »

Nope, it's just a local college-owned bookstore. But yes, Barnes and Noble does put out awesome classics. I love them. ^_^

I am in agreement concerning ebooks. I tried to get into them a few years ago when they were still relatively new... but they didn't stick with me. Like you said, the lack of portability coupled with the fact that it just doesn't feel the same... they just aren't as satisfying.

The  reason I asked is because both of the colleges where I teach have bookstores that are run for them by B&N.  I prefer the in-house ones, though.

I'm happy that you found such wonderful purchases.  Please give us a review of them when you are finished reading them!
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2007, 04:39:46 pm »

Nope, it's just a local college-owned bookstore. But yes, Barnes and Noble does put out awesome classics. I love them. ^_^

I am in agreement concerning ebooks. I tried to get into them a few years ago when they were still relatively new... but they didn't stick with me. Like you said, the lack of portability coupled with the fact that it just doesn't feel the same... they just aren't as satisfying.

The  reason I asked is because both of the colleges where I teach have bookstores that are run for them by B&N.  I prefer the in-house ones, though.

I'm happy that you found such wonderful purchases.  Please give us a review of them when you are finished reading them!

I certainly shall!
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2007, 08:38:59 pm »

Oh i Love 80 days around the World. There was a cartoon version of it on tv when i was littlehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Around_the_World_with_Willy_Fog, i think it may have been a bad influence on me Tongue


Ah, I used to love that and by all account probably still would if I ever got to see it again. Rigadon and Tico were great as I recall. I kept getting the theme tune to that stuck in my head yesterday after I put the Steve Coogan/Jackie Chan film version on at work.
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2007, 10:12:41 pm »

Ah, such nice things... A long-standing dream of mine is to set up a small publishing house to try to market out-of-copyright texts in decent formats like that. Increasingly difficult though - tiny margins, internet availability and so forth... Pick up nice bindings like that when you see them because they won't be around forever. In the UK Penguin Classics and Oxford Classics make lovely paperbacks of everything you could ever want, but they have some academic write an introductory essay and charge the same as a modern book.

 
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