7 Insanely Awesome Folio Society Books

Johann Thorsson

Staff Writer

Johann Thorsson is a native of Iceland, but spends much of his time in Bookland. He has lived in a few parts of the world but currently lives in Iceland with a pretty woman and a mischievous son who resembles Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) more each day. He has a complicated but ultimately useless degree in bioinformatics from a very pretty college in England. His favorite books are 1984, Flowers for Algernon and The English Patient. He hopes one day to call himself a writer without feeling like he's just fooling himself. Blog: Johann Thorsson - On Book and Writing Twitter: @johannthors

You like pretty books, right?

Well, there’s this publisher that goes above and beyond when it comes to making desirable books. The Folio Society is a UK-based publisher of hardbacks only and their books are beautiful. They publish illustrated editions of classics of fiction and non- fiction.

Just take a look at these examples of their awesomness.

1. The Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby Folio


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2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Folio edition of Breakfast at Tiffany's


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3. Beloved

Beloved Folio Edition

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4. Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

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6. Dune



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7. Lord of the Flies


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So. Which one did you like the best?


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