Heaviest book of all time?

At B&N* today, I happened to see a book that was “War & Peace,” “Anna Karenina” and “The Cossacks” all in one volume.
WHAT IN THE SAM HILL?
Why would you want to hold two of the world’s longest books on your lap at the same time? How could you possibly read this monster? Is this just a book you an give people that you know aren’t going to read any of it anyway, so why not make it look better by cramming three copyright-free titles into one. Ridiculous.
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3 Responses

  1. I think the meeting at the publisher went something like this:

    PUBLISHER BOSS: What should we put out now? I want something that will make news!

    LACKEY: What about putting “War & Peace,” “Anna Karenina,” and “The Cossacks” together?

    BOSS: Why would we do that?

    LACKEY: ‘Cause no one else has done it.

    BOSS: Huh?

    LACKEY: You know those coffee-table books that no one actually reads, anyway?

    BOSS: I own seven of them. People think that I know everything about World War II, Space, Egyptian Art, Classical Sculptures, Shipwrecks, Pistols of the World, and the History of Aviation.

    LACKEY: Right. Well, this would be sort of like that …

    BOSS: But why?

    LACKEY: Well, besides the “Why not?” answer, there’s always this — what is the world’s record for the largest book? It’s like having a stereo and being able to turn the volume up to 11!

    BOSS: Hmmm … good point. Let’s do it.

    … But I could be wrong.

  2. I couldn’t resist looking “Pistols of the World” up on Amazon. Yep, it’s real…
    http://www.amazon.com/Pistols-World-Ian-V-Hogg/dp/0873494601

  3. Really?! That’s especially strange when there’s a brand-new translation of War & Peace just out.

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