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#1 Um_2_4

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 01:37 PM

So I need actual physical books, not ebooks, as I want DS13 to highlight, note etc. And he prefers actual physical books. 

I ordered 20,000 leagues under the sea. The font is so tiny, he would need a magnifying glass.

Most copies  I look at on Amazon are that way.

I need the following books:

Lord of the flies

20,000 leagues under the sea

Oliver Twist

Count of Monte Cristo

 

I want the full versions, not abridged. Does anyone have a publisher they have found that they like??? I know they probably do this to make the book look smaller, but I rather double the pages and have text that doesn't look like it is running together. 



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 01:53 PM

Barnes and Noble prints classics in a fairly standard format.  If you have a store near you, you should be able to see them.  Also, the Norton Critical Editions tend to have a slightly bigger format.  

 

Also, you can look for illustrated versions as these will frequently have bigger fonts.

 

And as a last resort, you can look at the dimensions of several versions of the same book.  Anything really small in any dimension is likely to have small print.

 

Anything that has a name like "budget edition" usually has tiny pages and tiny letters.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:04 PM

I look specifically for "large print books". 

 

As an aside, I have noticed that font gets smaller as the book gets older and newer editions are released.  Roald Dahl books used to come out in a good sized print when they were first run.  A lot of the books I have from the 1960's -1980's have good sized print.  From 1990 on, the editions are often smaller and use tinier font, which sucks for a child transitioning to chapter books.  I have started buying older copies again for my kid because of that.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:06 PM

I wish Amazon and library catalogs included font size in the book descriptions.

 

Many classics are available in large print versions.  Otherwise, hardbound editions usually have larger print than the same title in paperback.  

 

Avoid Dover and Penguin Thrift editions.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:34 PM

The Penguin Classic paperback version of "The Count of Monte Cristo" has slightly smaller font than the just-published hardcover novel I am reading, but it is not microfont.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:55 PM

Usborne books publishes some unabridged illustrated classics. I haven't seen them in person but I would think the font would be a decent size. I don't know if they have the titles you are looking for though.
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:58 PM

Avoid versions with "mass market" or "budget" in the description. For just paperback look at the physical dimensions to make sure it's not a little one. Hardcover usually avoids the problem altogether, or looking for particular lines, like Penguin, etc.
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#8 Alessandra

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:51 PM

I like used hardcover books. Abebooks has good descriptions, but if I find that, if I want a lot from one vendor, I often get a better deal on shipping by going to vendor's website.

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 12:12 AM

Funny. While I find Dover editions unreadable, I think Penguin Classics have a fairly good font and great translations of foreign novels.