What defines whether or not a book is a classic?
25 Jun 08
Most novels have a short shelf life and go out of print within a year or two. Good novels get reprinted and may be available for around twenty years. A classic novel will never be out of print and will continue to be bought and read for fifty years or so. There are a great many novels published every year. Some of them are repeatedly repeated when they sell well but I think a classic is a book which is reread and studied many times and there will always be a demand for it.