Monday, February 23, 2009

Reader's Digest Condensed Books

The Reader's Digest Condensed Books were a series of hardcover anthology collections, published by Reader's Digest and distributed via direct mail. Each volume contained several current best-selling novels (or, occasionally, nonfiction books) edited down (or "condensed") to accommodate the anthology format. Originally published four times a year, the books gradually increased to a bi-monthly schedule by the early 1990s.

The series ran for over 47 years, before being reintroduced under the name Reader's Digest Select Editions. The concept became sufficiently familiar to the American public that the phrase "Just give me the Reader's Digest Condensed version" (or simply "...the Reader's Digest version") entered the lexicon as a way to ask someone to use less detail and be more focused when telling an anecdote or explaining a point.

The Reader's Digest Select Editions are a series of hardcover fiction anthology books, published bi-monthly and available by subscription, from Reader's Digest. Each volume consists of four to five current bestselling novels, selected by Digest editors, and carefully edited (or "condensed") to shorter form to accommodate the anthology format.

This series is the renamed version of the long-running anthology series Reader's Digest Condensed Books.

Pictured above: One of several vintage Reader's Digest Condensed Books available at our Mall Store at:


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