Reader's Digest Condensed Books

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The Reader's Digest Condensed Books were a series of hardcover anthology collections, published by the American general interest monthly family magazine Reader's Digest and distributed by direct mail. Most volumes contained five (although a considerable minority consisted of three, four or six) current best-selling novels and nonfiction books which were abridged (or "condensed") specifically for Reader's Digest.

Occasional titles (The Leopard [Summer 1960], The Days Were Too Short [Autumn 1960] or Papillon [Autumn 1970]) were selected from outside the English-speaking world and published as abridgments of the translated originals. In a few rare cases, new editions of older works (Up from Slavery, originally published in 1901 [Autumn 1960], A Roving Commission: My Early Life, originally published in 1930 [Autumn 1951] or Goodbye Mr. Chips, originally published in 1934 [Summer 1961]) were also among the condensed selections.

For most of their publication schedule, the volumes were issued four times each year, with the rate gradually increasing to a bi-monthly schedule by the early 1990s. The series was produced for 47 years (1950–1997), until being renamed Reader's Digest Select Editions. (Note: UK editions seem to have been somewhat different from USA editions. Pre-1992 Canadian editions also contain different titles).

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Most of the 1997 volumes aforementionned were also published as Reader's Digest Select Editions.

Succeeding volumes were published under the title Reader's Digest Select Editions.