For those of us who splurge and buy books to hoard on our shelves so we always have a lovely bit of paged delight at our fingertips, probably don’t consider the paperback, easy-on-the-pocketbook editions of Dover as ones we trot out and buy. Yet, I imagine most of us Book Boosters, really and truly appreciate that Dover does provide under $6.00 editions of classics. As a teacher on a tight budget, I’m thrilled I can get a class set of Hamlet for under $40.00.
What is Dover all about? Well, the good folks at School Library Journal took time to find out by interviewing their editor-in-chief, M.C. Waldrep. One of the takeaways from the interview is that among the top four classics that sell are Frankenstein, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and The Adventures of Huck Finn. Shakespeare is right up there, of course.
For more Dover insights check out the interview.
BtW: Dover is more than providing classics for the economic minded. They have a ready collection of coloring books for that new trend (or old trend renewed). They have initiated the first National Coloring Book Day which you can anticipate by sharpening up your Crayolas when August 2 arrives. More on the coloring craze is found here.
What Dover classics are roaming your shelves, backpack, or are fondly remembered from your school days?
Better yet, which Dover classic would you slip in as a stocking stuffer?