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New Titles (Readers Choice 2018)

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Mar 19, 5:02pm Top

Just got the flyer for new "readers choice" - But it's not called that. Flyer just has the headline "Easton Press Leather-Bound Classics: Great New Titles".

Beyond Thirty (The Lost Continent) - Edgar Rice Burrougs
The Evil Guest - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Flashman - George Macdonald Fraser
The Last of the Plainsmen - Zane Grey
It Can't Happen Here - Sinclair Lewis
The King in Yellow - Robert W. Chambers
Run Silent, Run Deep - Edward L. Beach Jr.
Sweet Thursday - John Steinbeck
The Untamed - Max Brand
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

According to the flyer they are priced at $60. each + $4.95 S&H.

Edited: Mar 19, 8:54pm Top

Oooh, Thanks!

Most inviting to me are Sweet Thursday, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Run Silent, Run Deep, It Can't Happen Here, Beyond Thirty, ...

... heck, I like most all of them!

I dont' read westerns too much, but the Readers Choice western selections have been nice. I almost feel like starting.

Mar 19, 9:26pm Top

To my shame, I am not familiar with any of these works!!
Have you read any of the novels on the list? Do you have favorites among them that you feel you would very much like to get in leather (like sdawson)?

Mar 19, 9:47pm Top

>3 booksforreading:
I know some of the titles and authors, but I haven’t read any of them either. For the most part they look like light reading that I wouldn’t care to make a permanent part of my library, but they are relatively inexpensive for leather books. Apparently, they are not illustrated.

Mar 19, 9:59pm Top

Based on author alone, there are 4-6 I'm likely to consider, which is an improvement over most years, when it's only 2-4. Can't wait to get the flyer and check out the details...

Edited: Jun 29, 7:12am Top

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Mar 20, 10:09am Top

It can’t happen here is a prescient novel written in 1935 on the rise of fascism in America supported by conservative evangelical Christians under the guise of making America great again. Yadda Yadda Yadda.

I had it in my EP Sinclair Lewis set, read it last year (3 Stars) and sold it pretty fast since it was in great demand after the election. The 4 Volume set is currently on eBay.

Mar 20, 12:40pm Top

I am not familiar with any of these titles, but am interested in the westerns since I love western novels, movies, and TV shows. I'll also have to do some research online for these titles so I can familiarize myself about the stories before I choose which ones to buy. I don't buy the EP Reader's Choice titles because they are new and I don't own any of them. I only purchase books that I am interested in reading.

Mar 20, 2:01pm Top

Yeah, "It Can't Happen Here" has been quite popular! Although it was originally written about Huey Long (another Long-inspired book is "All the King's Men", which was made into an AMAZING edition by the LEC)! I wonder if the EP edition will have any illustrations? A frontispiece perhaps?

Mar 20, 4:12pm Top

I'm a big fanof LeFanu's In a Glass Darkly . Anyone know if The Evil Guest is comparable?

Mar 20, 10:14pm Top

Anyone have pictures of what these books look like? Especially The Evil Guest - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Mar 20, 10:28pm Top

The flyer shows only 2 books: The Last of the Plainsmen and Sweet Thursday. I'll post the flyer when I get the chance to scan it.

Edited: Mar 21, 7:11am Top

Here is the flyer for these books:

Mar 21, 8:11am Top

You are a rock star. Thank you! Can anyone purchase these new titles, or is it based on a subscription? Also, when is it available?

Edited: Mar 21, 10:13am Top

I am on travel this week, I sure hope this is waiting for me when I get home.

Regarding the titles, I have read several of them, and would like to have an EP copy of them. Cannery Row is my favorite Steinbeck book. Believe it or not, it was twenty years after reading it before I knew bout the Sweet Thursday sequal. While I can appreciate the writings of Sinclair Lewis, I don't think his works have aged as well. It can be hard for today's generation to relate to his writing. Still, I like him, as I can appeciate his works for the times they were written. I have Easton Press edition of Babbit (read) and a Franklin edition Arrosmith (not yet read), and Heritage Press edition of Main Street (not yet read), and a trade edition of Kingsblood Royal (read). The latter is an example of a book that needs to be considered in its time and does not hold up well. It deals with racism from a very white perspective. A white man discovers he is something like 1/16th black and the repercussions (in the 1940's) of this. Sinclair Lewis presenting the evils and absurdities of racism of course. But if this were to be written today, the book itself would likely be considered racist I believe. But at the time, it was an attempt to refute racism.

Mar 21, 11:33am Top

>15 sdawson: have not read Babbit, Main Street, and Arrowsmith which I have in my library. Certainly Elmer Gantry (Evangelicals) and It Can’t Happen Here (Fascism) have aged quite well and are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them. Not keepers though.

Mar 21, 4:46pm Top

Any ideas when these titles will appear on the Easton Press website?

Mar 21, 4:50pm Top

>17 Matthew1956: Most of them wont. You'll have to call or email. Only a few that aren't selling well or got over produced will be listed for individual sale, and they will be priced $10 higher.

Mar 21, 4:53pm Top

>13 MisterThreeSpeed:

For those of us that may or may not receive this flyer, can you please also post scans of the paper you're supposed to return to EP with your book selections; or let us know what the offer code is?

>17 Matthew1956:

To receive these books at the discounted rates you have to return the flyer that EP may or may not mail to you. Once we find out what the offer code is, we *should* be able to call customer service and make the order with that code.

Alternatively, these books will eventually be on the website, but they will be $5-10 more expensive and will show up several months from now.

Edited: Mar 21, 6:17pm Top

>19 mortalalliance:
Sorry but I no longer have the order card (I mailed it out).

Mar 21, 6:41pm Top

>19 mortalalliance: I've never had to reference the card. I just call and tell them I want them and make sure they have the proper price in the computer.

Mar 21, 7:31pm Top

>21 Wootle:
One time they refused to give me the brochure price because I didn’t know the code printed on it. It probably depends on who you talk to. I get lots of mail from EPbut never the Reader’s Choice announcements and usually not the sale notices.

Mar 21, 7:33pm Top

>22 jroger1: Probably should just call back and talk to someone else. Doesn't make any sense not to give you the price if you are buying multiple titles. I've never had the brochure and have never had a problem.

Mar 21, 9:27pm Top

>19 mortalalliance:

I always have trouble ordering from them without an order #; it's just easier if someone from this room posts it so I have something to reference when I call them.

Mar 22, 11:49am Top

Product / Offer Code is 3361/002 . I just emailed my order yesterday and didn't even mention those, though; just mentioned that I had received the mailer, listed the books I would like, and advised that the price is advertised as $60.00 + shipping. They wrote back and confirmed the order.

Mar 22, 4:05pm Top

>25 Arknight:

Thanks; yeah I always forget that the customer service agents that answer emails always seem more competent than the ones on the phone.

Mar 23, 11:28am Top

Here are larger images for easier viewing: RC14

I called and ordered all of them this morning and was told they are not yet available and it will be a while, like months. As expected.

Mar 23, 11:45am Top

wootle So if you order the book today, it won't come in for months???? How does that even make sense? Why offer the flyer if the books aren't even produced yet?

Mar 23, 12:00pm Top

This is common procedure for EP. They are still a mail order business with a website. They have never been in a hurry to do anything. Patience is key when dealing with EP.

Edited: Mar 23, 12:11pm Top

>28 Matthew1956:
You can buy a trip to the moon now for $750,000,000, with no projected date of service. It’s a niche market like Easton.


Mar 23, 2:21pm Top

>28 Matthew1956:

One is pre-ordering them and is not charged until they are shipped. They will ship when published. I also do this, for instance, with normal trade editions through Amazon on books that will be published in the coming year.

Mar 23, 4:39pm Top

>28 Matthew1956:

I believe they do this early, pre-production, to get an idea of the quantity to produce. I also think this is why they're able to give us a small discount on the book prices. I could be 100% wrong however on both these assumptions.

By the way, I placed an email order yesterday and Joe in customer service took care of me early this morning.

Mar 23, 8:57pm Top

>28 Matthew1956:

This approach has generally been limited to just the Reader's Choice titles. When they announce other books, they're generally available or both ordering and shipping within a month's time. The Reader's Choice titles are a bit more special - limited runs and and usually new, as in never published by EP in any form before. Some will come in earlier than others; I suspect the first ones will start arriving in June. It's not as bad as it sounds.

>30 jroger1:
I'm game for the moon trip.

>32 mortalalliance:
Your print run sizing-to-discount balance idea could very well be true.

Mar 24, 10:11am Top

Nothing easier to make money than to choose a lot of out-of-copyright titles, use thinner paper and cover boards (covers warp more easily on newer titles), use cheaper cover gilt (newer editions rub off more easily), & include no illustrations other than the frontpiece...

Beyond Thirty (The Lost Continent) Edgar Rice Burroughs – copyright expired
The Evil Guest by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – copyright expired
Flashman by George Mcdonald Fraser – 1969, testing water for a new series… (?)
The Last of the Plainsmen by Zane Grey – copyright expired; to complete Zane Grey westerns (?)
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis – copyright expired; perhaps to add to the 4 books series
The King in Yellow by Robeert w Chambers – copyright expired, True Detective influence :D
Run Silent, Run Deep by EdwardL Beach Jr. – 1955, may be a good book about subs, but I love my Das Boot film
Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck - !!! – will be a nice addition to the 8-volume Steinbeck set
The Untamed by Max Brand – copyright expired
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – 3rd book by Easton for horror fans

Mar 24, 11:30am Top

>34 EPsonNY:

You seem surprised about this. The going rate for in-copyright books from EP is somewhere in the $100-200 range, and 98% of all books EP ever offers are out of copyright.

What do you mean "3rd book by Easton for horror fans"? They've published lots of horror novels. Do you mean 3rd by Shirley Jackson?

Edited: Mar 24, 8:56pm Top

>34 EPsonNY:

It's almost as if you can choose which books to buy.

Mar 26, 3:51pm Top

There is only one illustration in each book!?

Mar 26, 4:29pm Top

>37 Matthew1956:

EPsonNY's statement, like many of his other statements, is an over generalization for the books in the Reader's Choice series.

Unfortunately, many of the books will be limited to only a frontspiece but some of them will have multiple illustrations within; see this years The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (but ignore the fact that EP screwed up producing this title).

Mar 26, 4:35pm Top

>38 mortalalliance: no we cannot ignore EP’s mortal sin of screwing up the Baron Munchausen printing.

Mar 26, 4:47pm Top

>39 HugoDumas:

I agree; but that matter is irrelevant with regards to number of illustrations/book in Reader's Choice.

I'm sure there are multiple illustrations in other EP books; I just haven't gotten to reading many of them as of late. In fact I remember now the Zane book from two years ago had about 3-5 illustrations in it.

Mar 27, 8:49am Top

>40 mortalalliance:
Exactly; sometimes they have lots of illustrations; other times they have none.

Mar 27, 9:23am Top

I am reading one of last years Reader's Choice, The Manchurian Candidate, and it has the single frontispiece illustration. Many of these are the same. I am fine with this.

Mar 28, 10:13am Top

I am glad they are offering The Last Of The Plainsmen to add to my Zane Grey collection and The Untamed to add to my Western Fiction collection.

May 6, 12:49am Top

Has anybody received any of these books yet? Would love to see pictures if possible!!

May 6, 12:54am Top

We have received your order. Please check back in 5-7 days for updated order status information.

May 6, 1:03am Top


May 6, 1:13am Top

I ordered all of them for now, and it shows Run Silent Run Deep as the first book. Is this what everyone else shows that ordered that title?

Edited: May 6, 1:53am Top

>47 Wootle:

I ordered a bunch and it only lists that one, with the text of >45 Wootle: next to it.

Edited: May 6, 2:55pm Top

>47 Wootle:

If you want them to all arrive at once, you will probably want to call Customer Service. Typically when you order all of them they set it up so that you will receive one book per month.

May 6, 3:50pm Top

One a month is all I can do. I have to buy some DLE's this summer as well.

May 7, 11:37am Top

I don't think any of these have shipped yet.

Edited: May 7, 8:32pm Top

>51 Arknight: According to Customer Service, Reader's Choice titles are supposed to ship in June and Military History titles in July.

Jun 7, 2:48pm Top

Still no ship date on these per customer service.

Jun 7, 3:04pm Top

I just put my order in yesterday and Johnni told me that they would start shipping out in two months, so I assume sometime in August we will start seeing them arrive.

Jun 8, 10:33am Top

Per Customer Service, the two Reader's Choice titles I ordered are not in yet. They suggested I would probably see one of them in July.

Jul 23, 11:47am Top

Anyone heard anything on the 2018 Reader's Choice titles? Anyone receive one yet?

Jul 23, 4:37pm Top

I haven't received anything yet, although I did receive one of my Military History Selections on Saturday.

Jul 23, 6:04pm Top

I’d sure like to see if the Zane Grey matches my others before I buy it

Jul 25, 11:42am Top

I received a letter last week by mail from EP stating that the Reader's Choice titles won't start shipping until August.

Aug 2, 7:08am Top

My account is showing that "Run Silent, Run Deep" shipped yesterday. Hopefully some of the other titles will be available soon too.

Aug 7, 9:00am Top

I did receive "Run Silent, Run Deep" over the weekend, and after checking my order history today it shows that "Flashman" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" are shipping on Monday, 8/13. Hopefully the rest will be released soon, looking forward to reading some of these. Really hoping that "Sweet Thursday" matches the 8-Volume Steinbeck set.

Aug 7, 9:45am Top

Still waiting for 'The Last Of The Plainsmen' and 'The Untamed' to ship.

Aug 7, 10:37am Top

61 - I’m hoping it will match the Steinbeck set too but I’m not holding my breath... having flashbacks of the different color they used for “Spacious Skies” (ARRGGHH)

Aug 8, 3:02pm Top

My account shows that 'The Untamed' by Max Brand will ship on Tuesday (08/14/18). Hopefully, 'The Last Of The Plainsmen' by Zane Grey will follow very shortly. Have a nice day.

Aug 17, 11:48am Top

I received Flashman today. Will post pics later.

Aug 17, 12:41pm Top

Just received an email from EP that "Sweet Thursday" has shipped. It was shipped by FedEx and they included a tracking number. This is a first for me, but it's nice. I'm pretty sure it will not match the Steinbeck set from a few years back. It would be nice, but not counting on it. I'm just delighted to have a new Steinbeck by EP.

Aug 17, 2:23pm Top

Please report back when you see what the cover/spine of “Sweet Thursday” looks like. I’m sure it won’t match the 8 volum blue/red set they did in the past, but those of us that have the set are crossing our fingers 🙏

Aug 17, 4:05pm Top

Fingers crossed!

I just read Sweet Thursday last week and enjoyed it. A nice sequel to Cannery Row.

Edited: Sep 11, 11:31am Top

So far for me:

Beyond Thirty (The Lost Continent) - Edgar Rice Burroughs - RECEIVED
The Evil Guest - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu REVEIVED
Flashman - George MacDonald Fraser - RECEIVED
The Last of the Plainsmen - Zane Grey - RECEIVED
It Can't Happen Here - Sinclair Lewis - RECEIVED (Even though I didn't order it.)
The King in Yellow - Robert W. Chambers RECEIVED
Run Silent, Run Deep - Edward L. Beach Jr. - RECEIVED
Sweet Thursday - John Steinbeck - RECEIVED
The Untamed - Max Brand - RECEIVED
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson - RECEIVED

Aug 17, 6:25pm Top

Flashman Photos:

Aug 17, 9:43pm Top

>69 Eastoner:

Nice, I just discovered that Run Silent, Run Deep has disappeared from my Order list, I sent an email to EP customer service this evening, hopefully they are able to correct any issues on Monday.

Aug 18, 1:27pm Top

>71 mortalalliance: This just happened to me too about a week and a half or so ago, not sure what happened exactly but sent an e-mail and EP reinstated my order.

Aug 21, 11:06am Top

Anybody receive the Steinbeck book Sweet Thursday yet?

Aug 21, 11:13am Top

>73 GOBOGIE: Mine is currently sitting on my front porch! I won't be home until closer to 5 today and it's going to drive me nuts!

As an aside, The Last of the Plainsmen is now scheduled to ship next week.

Aug 21, 12:43pm Top

Ok I’ll hold off and wait to order tomorrow after I hear back from you

Aug 21, 6:12pm Top

Aug 21, 6:50pm Top


Aug 21, 7:21pm Top

>77 GOBOGIE: The funny thing is I just realized that Sweet Thursday is pictured in the flyer on post 13, so I think we had our hopes up for nothing. Now, having just finished reading Sweet Thursday a few weeks ago, I'm failing to understand why there is a butterfly on the spine or a bear on the cover.

Aug 21, 7:39pm Top


Aug 21, 8:22pm Top

78: Well, the bear is easy to explain since it is so prominently featured in the flag of California - and, of course, the whorehouse in the book was called the Bear Flag Restaurant. The butterfly, in turn, could be related to the fact that the madame of said establishment was called Fauna (but might also be related to something more specific).

Aug 21, 10:22pm Top

>80 supercell: How dense of me, of course the Bear Flag. I think it was in Cannery Row where they explained the name more. After looking into it more there was that whole Butterfly festival which now makes sense of the butterfly. Boy, I really need to work on my memory.

Aug 24, 1:34pm Top

I haven't seen it yet, but my copy of 'The Last Of The Plainsmen' by Zane Grey arrived today and is waiting for me at home.

Aug 24, 1:55pm Top

Would you mind posting a pic when u get it?

Aug 24, 3:07pm Top

>83 GOBOGIE: I would be more than happy to post a pic, but I don't know how to post one on LibraryThing.

Aug 24, 9:33pm Top

>83 GOBOGIE: I received my copy of 'The Last Of The Plainsmen' today. The design and color match my copies of 'Desert Gold' and 'The Lone Star Ranger'. The leather though has a different appearance than the other two. It is smoother and has a smaller more uniform type of grain pattern. It is still "Bound in Genuine Leather". However, I am not complaining. I find it a very nice compliment to the other two Zane Grey books.

Aug 28, 10:38pm Top

I hadn't seen this post. I just started a thread about the painting in the Flashman novel.

I contacted the artist trying to order a print of it and instead he sold me the original painting. I received it today and am very excited about it.

Flashman remains one of my favorite fictional characters.

Aug 29, 3:27am Top

So cool - Gotta post a picture of the painting for sure!

Aug 31, 11:01am Top

My credit card just got charge for The Evil Guest! Really looking forward to getting it!

Aug 31, 4:52pm Top

>88 RRCBS:, mine just got charged for one of these, but I'm not sure which one yet.

Aug 31, 4:53pm Top

For me it’s the only one I ordered, so sure it’s for that.

Sep 10, 7:04pm Top

I received "Beyond Thirty" last Friday and read it in half-a-day. It is a nice short novel and, in several ways, it is still pertinent...

Sep 11, 11:32am Top

Updated my post in >69 Eastoner: above. I have received all 10 titles now, so they should all be in stock.

Sep 11, 4:09pm Top

> 92 is The Evil Guest nice? I’ve been charged for it but haven’t received it yet.

Sep 11, 8:16pm Top

>93 RRCBS: Black leather, tasteful cover designs. There's no frontispiece but several black and white illustrations throughout.

Sep 11, 8:49pm Top

Thanks, looking forward to receiving my copy!

Sep 27, 12:56pm Top

I just ordered a copy of 'It Can't Happen Here' by Sinclair Lewis and was glad to find that it was still available.

Sep 27, 10:21pm Top

>96 uncledaveh: I believe these just started shipping in July, so I wouldn't expect these to be sold out this quickly.

Edited: Sep 28, 10:10pm Top

>97 hamletscamaro: Thanks. I wasn't sure how quickly they would sell out or how many they produced in excess of pre-orders.

Sep 29, 12:29pm Top

>98 uncledaveh:

Historically some titles start selling out around 8 months after they first start shipping; as a rule of thumb, I usually order this series at a rate of 2x per month and never have any issues regarding any being OOS.

Sep 29, 5:48pm Top

>99 mortalalliance: Thanks for the info.

Edited: Sep 29, 9:35pm Top

Received my copy of Last of the Plainsmen by Zane Grey and it was damaged. Looked like it was on the top of a stack of books in a bigger box of many books and someone opened the box with a box cutter as there is an edge driven cut on the cover from left to right about 1/16th of an inch deep.

Need to call them Monday and get a replacement on the way

Oct 7, 11:57pm Top

What's the item number for these (e.g., "xxxx-xx" or whatever iteration is used)? I searched by title & author and no match. (Granted, some are sold out by now.)

Oct 8, 2:35pm Top

>102 iluvbeckett:

I can’t directly answer your question, but if you’re referring to the 2018 Reader’s Choice Books, it’s highly unlikely that any are sold out right now. Last year, and seemingly this year, they seem to be keeping these off of their website for a period hopefully to allow those of use who “reserved” them to get a first crack at ‘em.

Oct 8, 8:59pm Top


Oct 10, 11:42am Top

Can you get these on a subscription delivered/billed at the rate of one per month or do you have to take them all at once? Seems like everyone got theirs over a short period of time, but I really like the excitement of getting a new book each month.

Oct 10, 4:42pm Top

>105 eastonlionel:

You can set these up as monthly books, however at that "slow" of a rate, you are almost guaranteed to miss out on some of the more desirable titles as they will inevitably go out of stock prior to being sent to you. To avoid this, I set it up such that I receive 2 books per month and generally do not have any issues with availability.

Oct 11, 6:22pm Top

To anyone that has received these, what are the item numbers for each title? I think they start with 3361.

Oct 11, 6:40pm Top

001 - Run Silent
002 - Flashman
003 - Castle
004 - Beyond Thirty
005 - It Can't Happen Here
006 - Evil Guest
007 - Sweet Thursday
008 - Untamed
009 - Plainsmen
010 - King in Yellow

Oct 11, 7:40pm Top

Thank you. Have to keep the records up to date.

Edited: Oct 11, 8:11pm Top

When they list these titles for $74.95 does that include shipping, or is shipping extra?

Also, does this mean they are no longer taking orders through the Reader's Choice offer of $60+shipping per book?

Oct 11, 8:58pm Top

That includes shipping as is usual. You can still subscribe to the series and get the $64.95.

Edited: Oct 12, 11:22am Top

Just placed an order and was told Run Silent, Run Deep is down to 16 copies, so they are sending that first. I was concerned about It Can't Happen Here, and he said they have over 300 copies of that title at this point. I chose five of the ten and asked to get them once per month. Not a fan of the horror/Gothic genre, so avoided those.

I have to say, I'm excited to be getting an EP book each month again.

Oct 12, 12:11pm Top

Received Beyond Thirty yesterday.


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