a while back, i got a beautiful edition of one of my all-time favorite books—zuleika dobson—for my birthday. when i was trying to find the specific edition on goodreads, to brag about my beauty of a book, i came across this edition:

and it rattled me to my core. books in the public domain—books anyone with a digital file, a printer, and a dream can produce and sell, can be a sweet side hustle for people looking to make a quick buck, and they are free to make their own choices when it comes to the cover art they select, but this one cracked me up because it is not even close to representing the contents or the tone of the book. i decided to do a deep dive into the world of public domain publishing, to see what else was out there. and OH, the discoveries i made…



no need to hunt for the snark today, friends; i'll bring it right to you: what a difference a letter makes!
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