Books you WISH you could afford

This list is dedicated to books you WISH you could afford, since they are so expensive and de-luxe.
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92 books · 73 voters · list created January 18th, 2010 by Jacobmartin (votes) .
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message 1: by Grace (new)

Grace Can I join



message 2: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Actually, I have The Will Durant History of Civilization set. The others are an impossible dream.


message 3: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Technically I can afford some of these books, like a $60 art book. But it's still a luxury item and I'm not going to buy such a book because it's just not a priority.

The Penguin Classics Complete Collection is $8,047 on amazon, down from a list price of $13,413. I'm trying to find more expensive stuff, but no luck yet.


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Jan 22, 2010 02:52AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Lobstergirl wrote: "Technically I can afford some of these books, like a $60 art book. But it's still a luxury item and I'm not going to buy such a book because it's just not a priority."

Yes, same here. Every so often I splurge and buy one of the Library of America volumes (or a set of two, if I REALLY feel like pampering myself). But I won't ever be able to own the whole set, or the Penguin Classics for that matter ... and even going one by one, it's going to take a long time until I own the complete Henry Irving Shakespeare, Arkangel Shakespeare, Thomas Mann's complete published diaries, and/or Durant's History of Civilization. As for art and other expensive coffee table books (with or without scholarly explanations), they're almost exclusively down to my birthday and Christmas gift wish list!


message 5: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Lobstergirl wrote: "Technically I can afford some of these books, like a $60 art book. But it's still a luxury item and I'm not going to buy such a book because it's just not a priority.

The Penguin Classics Complet..."


When I graduated from college and got my first job. I was taking home a very small paycheck and shopping used bookstores and paperback stores only. However, two of the used bookstores had lay-away plans. For years I brought home sets of authors like Alexander Dumas pers, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Complete Poetical Works of all my favorite poets, and all kinds of histories. Those bookstores have long since gone out of business and despite moving to progressively larger apartments to accomodate all my books, I finally got rid of most of those sets to make room for more books. For my art and photography books, I never had room. I used to make a weekly trip to the humanities library at our local university. I really recommend this to people who love that kind of book. It is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. As I would sit there week after week, wearing my white cotton gloves, I got to know all of the librarians and was allowed to used the special collections rooms.

Reading in libraries has always been one of my favorite activities. No matter where you travel, libraries will allow anyone to read and research onsite even if you do not have library cards.






message 6: by Jacobmartin (new)

Jacobmartin I splurged on an Araki photography book and didn't regret it, but some books are even more unaffordable in Australian book prices. We're talking $200 Australian dollars here. That's how much some photography books cost here.

But I do like buying photography and art books, as well as first editions of books I like. I still have my copy of Good Omens signed by both Terry Pratchett AND Neil Gaiman, but that's a paperback.


message 7: by Antoine (last edited Jan 23, 2010 08:44PM) (new)

Antoine I wanted to include the complete Loeb classical library, but it doesn't seem to be available as a set, within the Goodreads network anyway. However, apparently it can be purchased for the bulk price of just over $9000 (US). Sigh.


message 8: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Well, maybe after your tax refund:) And I thought I made a large investment when I bought the Harvard Classics (used).


message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I added the Routledge 10 vol. Encyclopedia of Philosophy which is $5,400. I can't find an ISBN for the complete Loeb but I know you can buy it.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) There's a one-volume Loeb Classical Library Reader -- I know in and of itself it's amazingly affordable (and it doesn't feature the signature green and red covers) ... but failing a proper ISBN for the complete Library set as such, maybe it will serve as a stand-in? (Do let me know if you don't like the idea and I'll delete it again.)


message 11: by Antoine (new)

Antoine No, I think that's brilliant. Hear-ye, hear-ye! Let it be understood that the Loeb reader is a Stand-in for the entire collection.


message 12: by Antoine (new)

Antoine By the way, I used to see the Durant series a lot when I worked in the secondhand book trade (also the Great Books of Western Civ set). It isn't quite as prohibitive as it seems. It costs more in shelf space than dollars.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Well, as far as I can tell used sets go for about $200, give or take, if you want them to be in reasonably good condition. That's still quite a packet to shell out all at once (and if you go volume by volume, you may find yourself ending up with books in vastly differing conditions) ...

Then again, it's a shame the publisher doesn't seem to be greatly interested in keeping a classic such as this one in print in the first place!


message 14: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Its funny. My time in the trade ended about 16 years ago, not long before the internet came into play. It really has reshaped pricing of old books to a considerable degree. Some prices have gone down, but a surprising number have gone up and by a lot.

Now the question (it seems to me) is how long will it take for the Industry to realize that, with print-on-demand technology being what is, that "out-of-print" could quickly and easily become a meaningless phrase. slowpokes.


message 15: by Antoine (new)

Antoine By the way, I started an out-of-print books list. I couldn't believe there wasn't one already! Go put the Durants on it.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I did -- thanks! (And invited a few other people to vote on the list ... there has got to be a greater variety of books that people would like to see go back in print than the current entries?!)

POD only works with the relevant copyright holder's consent, btw, and/or for texts in the public domain (in the US: author's natural life plus 70 years, if I'm not mistaken). So the big "hole" in terms of publication is for those authors who died less than 70 years ago (or whatever the relevant period pursuant to a given country's copyright laws): their books can't just be reproduced at will because they are not yet in the public domain, but on the other hand, if the publisher doesn't seek their heirs' consent -- and/or if the heirs don't push for ongoing publication, and the publisher complies -- their books go OOP and the reading public is at the mercy of the used books trade. (Durant, incidentally, died in 1981.)

Frankly, this bugs me no end ... not so much because of the "used books" part (I actually love antiquarian book stores/stalls and the like), but because of the sheer neglect that causes so many great books to fall into oblivion, or be continuous in danger thereof. Besides, particularly in the case of something like Durants "Story of Civilization," it seems to display an astonishing degree of disrespect for the reading public. I just can't believe there's no sufficient market for that particular series any longer -- never mind that historical scholarship has moved on in certain respects since the series's last revision. This is a classic and, incidentally, still darned near unbeatable in its manner of presentation, detail, readability, scholarly approach, and many respects; and whatever amendments the publisher may consider necessary in light of the ongoing scholarly debate can easily be taken care of by way of a detailed introduction or by some other such editorial tool. I mean, just take Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" ... if it's working there, why can't they do the same thing for Durant?!

(Alright. Rant over. Soap box folded down.)

Interesting insights about the pricing of secondhand books, btw. A clear example that the internet doesn't necessarily cause the price of EVERYthing to go down ... maybe because in the case of these books, it made it clear for the first time just how much of a market there actually still is for a given title?


message 17: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I find the pricing of used books on the internet endlessly fascinating. On Amazon you will find some book with 20 copies available and prices ranging from $10 to $175. What the hell is going on - what in the world is the point of pricing the book at much more than the lowest price? I'm obviously missing something.


message 18: by Lynda (new)

Lynda On Amazon, there are three type of sellers of used books: readers who are selling books they read but don't want to keep (they will usually sell the most cheaply); used bookstores that sell at 50 or 60%; and antiqarian and rare book dealers who will sell first editions and out of print books.

There are also dealers in used library books. They are usually very cheap.







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