I love Amazon, but you have to be careful about the way very different versions of a book sometimes wind up on the same sales page with their reader reviews mixed together. At the time I am writing, the page for the Walter Kaufmann translation of the Gay Science lists a Kindle edition for 99 cents, but that edition is not the Kaufmann. It is a new version of Thomas Common's poor translation from a hundred years ago; without its slight re-editing, this public domain version is available free elsewhere. Although I do see one contrary opinion in the reviews, the vast majority of readers greatly prefer the Kaufmann translation, and until that is made available for Kindle, I would suggest one of the inexpensive used copies of the paperback, which you can also get on this page. _That_ is a five star book.
EDITED IN OCTOBER 2015: As of THIS date, you can get a Kindle version of the Kaufmann translation for 11.99. A bit pricey for a Kindle reissue, but still worth it (and it may come down sometimes). If you are not seeing that version on the page where you read this review, do another search in the Kindle department, just searching for "Kaufmann," nothing else, and you should find it; you may have to go through a few pages. Price and accessibility may change in the future, of course.
- Mass Market Paperback: 95 pages
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc; 1 edition (12 January 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394719859
- ISBN-13: 978-0394719856
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 17.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)