Since 1950, there has been an excellent way to enjoy some of the best fiction. Up until 1997, they were known as Reader's Digest Condensed Books, and known as Reader's Digest Select Editions thereafter. Some of the most popular names in fiction can be found in these books, as well as newcomers.
Most of the books in these series contain four condensed versions of novels. Some have three or five, and a few do contain nonfiction. Herman Wouk, James Michener, John Grisham, and Mary Higgins Clark are only a few of the many authors whose works appear in these series. If you are not familiar with these series, there are a number of reasons to try them. One reason is if you want to read the basics of a story before actually purchasing the novel. Another reason is if you want to build a library of these collections. A third reason is wanting to enjoy good reading, yet not having enough free time to put into reading full-length novels. Both the hardcover and softcover styles make an attractive edition to any home library, as well as making a nice gift for nearly anyone on your list.
Reader's Digest magazine offers these books by subscription. If you are looking for a specific edition, many are also listed on Amazon. In addition to the standard versions, you can also find large-print editions. Whether you choose to subscribe or purchase individual books, you can look at it as a small investment in great reading.