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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Barnes and Nobel's Leatherbound Classics

    If you are like me and have a life ambition of creating a fantastical library filled with beautiful books, then you'll love the Barnes and Nobel's Leatherbound Classics Collection. Surprisingly, horror literature seems to be a huge staple of their collection, which means that now you can own that edition of Dracula that will make your friends,family, and neighbors envious because they are stuck with some crappy paperback version.

 Originally, each book of their collection was a compilation if an artist's work. For example one book might have the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe or the most notable works of an author like Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.

    I can not praise the overall look of these books enough. They are simply gorgeous with their specially designed cover,gilded pages, and ribbon bookmarks. These books are not just pretty, they're well made as well. I can tell you from personal experience that these books were built to last and are so well made that you'll most likely be able to pass it down for future generations.

 The only drawback to these books is that they can be pretty hefty, especially if the book happens to be three books in one.  You can pick up each book up for around $20 or so, which is a phenomenal price considering the quality you are getting. The books are often on sale, especially during the holiday season or you can purchase one of the bundles or the boxed sets for a fraction of the price. It aslso seems that new books are added every so often so be sure to check out the Barnes and Nobel website or the nearest store location ever so often.

Just recently, Barnes and Noble came out with single leatherbound novels, which you can purchase for around $14.

You can view and purchase the rest of the leatherbound collection on the Barnes and Nobel website. If you want to see more beautifuly crafted books, check out the Penguin's Hardcover Classics Collection. They are just as good visually, but the overall value and quality of the books just don't seem to match up to B&N's classics. Each book is around $20 and unlike Leatherbound Collection being a compilation of works, the Penguin classics are divided up to a single novel.

-Horrorwood Doll


  1. These really are beautiful editions, at least on the outside. The B&N that I saw them in last had them wrapped in plastic, so I couldn't see the interior. That always makes me wary of the purchase. I'm especially intrigued by the Poe collection, and I think I recall seeing a War of the Worlds, as well.


  2. They are just as splendid on the outside as they are on the inside. If you check out the site you can view the books interior. I own quite a few of them already and I can guarantee that they are worth the price.

    They do in fact have an H.G Wells edition, which includes The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. Along with others.

    The only drawback to these books is the fact that they can be pretty heavy and can be quite tiresome to carry around.

    I would love it if they came out with an edition for Frankenstein or a Mary Shelley collection.

    -HW Doll.



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