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Penguin and ease of use

I have been alerted to this deal at Amazon:

"Now, for the first time, the entire line of Penguin Classics is available in one complete collection for home, office, or institutional libraries. The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection currently consists of 1,082 titles, all great works of literature totaling nearly half a million pages."

Ok, let's get our calculators out.

1,082 titles for $13,413.30 works out to about $12.40 per book.  A quick eyeball tells me that Penguin Classics go for $8 to $13 new.  So I gotta say there's not much savings there.

Not counting the shipping, which who knows what that is (I imagine that if you order all the titles by hand, you will get the super saver shipping.) and the thought that anyone who might be interested in getting this is likely going to have a fair number of copies already...  

Still, not a bad use of a gigantic bookshelf that you might have in some empty corner of your house.