I like the look and feel of books.
Buying from the Penguin imprint was a step in the dark. At the time – the 1960’s – its covers were in tune with English middle class sensibilities; stuffy product, uninspiring presentation. The covers (symbolic and a product of a then fad for pop-art) were primitive in the extreme. I bought despite them rather than because of them. When I bought my first one I had to convince myself it was actually worth buying. My earliest acquisition was probably John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids. I say probably because although I catalogue details of paperbacks, I can only guess the year of actual purchase. I currently have 246 Penguin books with a further 40 or so of associated imprints (Peregrine, Pelican, Puffin, Peacock).
I’ve a little under 2,000 books and a breakdown of the main imprints by book count looks like:
|Ace (remember the famous Ace double?)||66|
|Ballantine (Adult Fantasy)||34|
|Five Star (found in FW Woolworths)||13|
|Mayflower (inc Michael Moorcock)||63|
|New English Library||125|
|Penguin (includes classics etc)||246|
|Quartet (always pricey)||27|
|Unwin (includes Tolkien)||33|
Total of table: 1,375.
I’ve more than enough physical books to last me a lifetime and a Kindle (which I rarely use). I know what I need to know, or failing that, I know where to look. Yet a well designed book can catch my eye.