Thoughtful Thursday: Multiple Editions

Hosted by Pamela @ Reading is Fun Again

This Thursday’s question:

Have you ever bought multiple editions of the same book? What inspires you to do that (e.g., covers, language, author revisions)?

I’m pretty form agnostic when it comes to books. I’ve never had much preference for hardbacks over paperbacks aside from their availability and price. When I started reading the Wheel of Time, Eric and I decided to seek out good used copies in full-sized hardbacks, which is more difficult than you might think. Likewise with Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire and Herbert’s Dune books. Unfortunately, I’m too cheap to be a collection completist and still have a mish-mash of paperbacks and hardbacks.

I have a passing interest in translations and have several different translations of Beowulf and some Russian poetry. There are other “classics” I’ve owned in a myriad of editions: Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, various copies of The Canterbury Tales and random Shakespeare plays, collections of Poe. Some have been gifts, some have been upgrades from Dover $1 editions to hardbacks, some have been repurchases when, in college, the original was residing in a different city.

Lately, of course, I’ve begun to acquire Kindle editions of some of my favorites. I mean, really, what’s better than having a library of your comfort books in your purse/backpack? Of course, my most ironic moment of ebook collecting has come when I was a little annoyed that there isn’t an electronic version of 84, Charing Cross Road. Considering Helene Hanff’s opinions of paste-board hardbacks, I can’t imagine what she’d think of a Kindle or PDF.

2 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursday: Multiple Editions

  1. Kokoba

    I’ve collected a few editions of The Little Prince: French, English, and Korean. It’s a book I love and for some reason I like to have copies of it every language I have at least a passing familiarity with it. I still need to get a copies in Swedish, German, and Russian…

  2. Reviews from a Bookworm

    I seem to be the exact opposite, although I never used to be bad for this until I started buying online. Now if a book comes and I’ve gotten the wrong size to match others in the series then I usually will buy the one that matches. I am terrible for buying newer editions of series I love as well, I don’t like my first copies to get ruined from all the rereading. Harry Potter is one that I have multiple editions of. Here’s mine, my answer is at the bottom.


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