I am in a book curmudgeon mood this year. It seems that whenever I check the new releases at the library, it’s a glut of 400 books that all look the same to me, so I am finding myself drawn to the good old days—and by old, I mean classic! There is just so much great public domain stuff these days, and there is a growing niche of book packagers who are taking it and doing some cool things. The Masters of Art series by Delphi Classics is one such example.
Overall, I am very pleased with the Masters of Art series and will definitely buy more of them as they come out. I also have found the customer service at Delphi Classics to be excellent. They frequently update with new content and error corrections (email notification for this would be nice—it’s currently just listed on an update page) and when I had a problem getting an update to a title I purchased at Amazon before I found their website, they simply emailed me a copy of the ebook file. I have since emailed them several times with minor questions, and they have responded promptly and politely every time.
I think there is definitely space in the marketplace for this kind of business. Yes, if I wanted to, I could go on Wikipedia and Google Images and Project Gutenberg and get all of this myself for free. But that is a lot of work, especially if the collection is about something you don’t know much about already. For $2-3, to have them do it for me? I am happy to pay the reasonable amount they are asking, and I bet I am not the only one.