Paul at Velcro City Tourist Board posts about “Compact classics” and literary elitism where he discusses the publication of abridged classics and Literary Snobbery:

The issue I have is with the assumption that people need to have read the ‘classics’ to have any valid claim to being a reader. It’s this attitude, I think, that drives so many people away from reading as a hobby – because, like enthusiasts of any pursuit, readers can be very snobbish about reading, and that “what do you mean, you’ve never read {x}?” attitude has one effect and one effect only – it makes the accused feel inadequate.

And for those for whom abridged versions are still too long, there are the Book-a-Minute Classics and Book-a-Minute SF/F websites.

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