Fellow readers, I have a dirty little secret to admit to you today, and I wonder how many of you out there suffer from the same...well, addiction. What is this horrible malady, this shameful weakness of which I speak? I think the best, most descriptive title I can give it is Luxuriating. Book Luxuriating, to be exact, and while it's not illegal or anything, it can certainly be hard on both your wallet and your available shelf space. Yes, folks, I confess that I sometimes buy another copy of a book that I already own, because some other publisher has released their own edition of it with a gorgeous new cover, or additional appendices--what video afficianados call "better special features"--or has restored the original illustrations. The list of reasons can be never-ending, really. Let me give you an example of a book that I have not yet begun Luxuriating in, but am considering it very seriously. (Obviously, if these books are being simultaneously released by multiple publishers, we know we're dealing with classics, books for which the original publishing copyright has expired.) Exhibit A:
|Collector's Library Edition|
This is the one I currently own.
|Everyman's Library Edition|
This is the current movie tie-in, as well.
|Penguin Hardback Classics Edition|
This whole series is so gorgeous,
and very reasonably priced if bought one or two at a time.
My secret ambition is to someday own them all.
|Penguin Drop Caps Edition|
To further torment me, Penguin is just getting ready to release
the first few volumes of this new, elegant series as well.
You see my predicament? If you're thinking that it doesn't get much more "First World Problem" than this, you're absolutely right, and it is that very realization that makes this a problem. It engenders guilt, you see; I mean, I don't really NEED all these different editions of one book, now do I? What's a bibliomaniac to do? Honestly, it's a fun problem to have, but I'd still be interested in hearing how all of you handle the issue, if you've come up with some creative solutions to the problem of Book Luxuriating.