I think this section is pretty self-explanatory – but just for some fun and quick commentary on how I’ve acquired my collection of modern Everyman’s to date, here are some informal thoughts on how to go about starting your very own collection:
BUT FIRST A SLIGHT DETOUR:
For anyone out there that finds this site and is so enamored with the Everyman’s Collection and wants all 400 Classics instantly – and has a spare $10,000 (approximately 400 Classics times approximately $25 each = $10,000) – drop what you are doing – and call Everyman’s Library in London – and I am most certain that someone will be happy to take your order.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your chance to have Moves Like Jagger! (Mick Jagger bought three full sets of Everyman’s Library he loved them so much.) Pull a Mick and order your set today!
Here’s the Everyman’s UK Website Contact Link with applicable phone numbers (if you have $10K, you can likely figure it out from here):
OK, BACK TO THE REST OF US:
I’m gonna totally wing this, but here goes: I have found 50% to 70% of mine in used bookstores probably. And the rest I have gotten in either new bookstores or online.
So, out of the current 175 I have to date, maybe 90 to 120 I have gotten with good ‘ol shoe-leather, going to book stores all up and down the east coast of the United States – see the BOOKSTORE link in the website navigation bar.
And the rest, say 50 to 80 – really don’t recall – I’ve gotten brand new from Barnes and Noble most of the time. And now that I am typing this, it occurs to me that while I have bought new ones from independent bookstores, I have relied too heavily on Barnes and Noble. But at this point, I’ve shifted into the category of Barnes and Noble is the little guy fighting Amazon, so am happy to support them – while they are still kicking. (I digress - that conversation and debate and dialogue is for another place.)
In short, if you are interested in starting a collection, it’s pretty easy. Here are your choices:
At some point, I’m beating a dead horse here (that’s just an old-timey saying!). If you are gung-ho about getting your hands on one Everyman’s or seven of your absolutely favorite novels or 10 or 37 or 50 or 100 or 389, just call your favorite bookstore and get ta ordering!
As for me, I’ve simply amassed my collection in a plethora of ways. And the hunt for them in both new and used bookstores has been half the fun!
Happy hunting and reading!