Last week I heard some people on the radio talking about Penguin’s Little Black Classics. Apparently they are doing well. And after buying a couple can I just say, I’m really not surprised.

Penguin released 80 classics to mark their 80th anniversary and for just 80p each. Which is basically the change you would find down the back of your sofa. These books are tiny and well made and adorable and everyone should go out and buy millions and millions of them because at 80p there is really no reason not to.

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19 Responses to “DAY SEVEN”

  1. Jenn

    This collection of books was a wonderful idea – but I feel like it begs the question as to why Penguin (and other companies) books are so expensive now. If writers can make a fair profit from e-publishing, how much of the RRP Waterstones et al is cold profiteering?

    • bluchickenninja

      I think its the publisher that sets the RRP for the book. Waterstones is just selling it at that price. Its places like Amazon that are the problem, selling stuff way cheaper than the RRP. Which means Waterstones aren’t doing so well because everyone is buying from Amazon.

      But yeah, I agree with you. Books are getting more expensive.

  2. kthrog

    So this is amazing, but it turns out I’d have to pay about 27 pounds (or about 40USD) to ship those cheap, beautiful little books to me. Why Penguin, why? I want them!

    • bluchickenninja

      I was going to tell you to get them from book depository, they have free shipping, but they also have the books for £2.49 instead of 80p. You might be better off getting a normal version in the US rather than buying the fancy 80th anniversary ones. And in some cases you would get the full book rather than just excerpts.

      • kthrog

        That’s true…but they’re just so pretty. This is not the first time I’ve found better book deals in the U.K. versus the U.S. Sighhhh. I suppose I could wait for them to show up in used bookstores here, but that will be a while.

        • bluchickenninja

          Yes. I suppose £2.59 isn’t so bad. I just hate buying short books because I never think the price is worth it. But its better than Animal Farm. £9 for a 200 page book!

  3. edgar62

    Ï have just finished reading “Resistance”by Owen Sheers. Not really for me so I’ll stay with Ken McClure for the moment

  4. curtisbausse

    Thanks for that, Emma. I wasn’t even aware of Bronte’s poetry. And there are surely many in the 80 I’ll be wanting to read.


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