My library of Scout Books short stories

I recently purchased a book from Scout Books and fell in love right away. So much so that I bought a subscription to the American Short Stories collection [1. Note that Scout Books no longer offers this subscription, but has gathered all of the American Shorts into a nice box set.]. Today I’ve got 10 beautiful, friendly books featuring classic shorts and fantastic illustrations. The collection includes:

  1. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe, illustrated by Tom Neely
  2. Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, illustrated by Zack Soto
  3. To Build A Fire by Jack London, illustrated by Michael C. Hsiung
  4. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, illustrated by Kate Bingaman-Burt
  5. Eve’s Diary by Mark Twain, illustrated by Meg Hunt
  6. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, illustrated by Aaron Renier
  7. The Jelly Bean by F. Scott Fitzgerald, illustrated by Vanessa Davis
  8. The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, illustrated by Gemma Correll
  9. Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, illustrated by Bwana Spoons
  10. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, illustrated by François Vigneault

As electronic books and readers become increasingly popular, it’s especially charming to hold such a thoughtfully made, physical book. Someday I hope my kids will inherit a nice library of titles form ‘ol dad, and the Scout Books will be a very nice addition.

Scout Books are beautiful

Last week I ordered a book from Scout Books and today it arrived. Scout Books makes small, pocket-sized notebooks and books that are absolutely charming. They’re approximately the size of a Field Notes Brand notebook (same width but about 1/2 inch shorter) and have between 30 and 36 pages.

A bought An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, ($4.00, free shipping) which contains two short stories by Ambrose Bierce: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and A Horseman In The Sky. It was illustrated by François Vigneault, who did a fantastic job. His bold, single-color images look like woodcuts and feel at home on the small pages. The text is razor-sharp and easy to read. Carrying this thing around in your pocket is just plain fun.

Here’s what’s really cool: you can create your own notebooks and books with Scout Books. Imagine how fun it would be to promote a larger work (give away a free chapter), enhance a family reunion or just about anything else you can think of.

Electronic books are swell but this little thing just feels right to me. I love it and will be ordering more (maybe even a subscription). You’ll find several larger photos after the break.

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