I have £50 to spend on books - I was thinking of getting the Penguin Little Black Classics, is it worth it? I want to get the best value for money, bang for my buck and bounce for my ounce.
If not what else should I get? I know I could nip into the local second hand bookshop and buy piles of books for £50 but they won't have a great range on offer.
Well the thing is I don't have a lot of short stories on my shelf - I mainly have longer reads, I don't usually buy short stories when I go out and I feel like spending the next few weeks blazing through a load of them.
Not really a pirating books kind of guy seeing as I don't have an Ereader, and I usually read on the go.
>A lot of books on Amazon are in the £2-£4 range with delivery
Amazon is a fucking godsend when I feel like binging on books. There are a lot of sellers that just use a flat price and don't actually look into the value of individual books. I scored a Thomas Ligotti hardcover the other week for $4 shipped.
They're alright but I wouldn't want to spend a whole £50 on it myself. I know they're 80p alone, so I'd consider picking up a few of the little black classics written by writers you already enjoy or interested in.
After that, go buy some actual novels.
They're not all excerpts and extracts, but some of them are. As long as OP avoids the excerpts and actually picks up the short stories (The Yellow Wallpaper is worth a thumb through, OP), then he'll be fine.
Go to a antiquarian bookshop and buy books? I'm not quite sure why you'd bother getting penguin books as they are quite expensive. You can get hardcovers for under 5 pounds in the bookshops I mentioned.