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Connection to Time-Warner[edit]

I know that TimeLife is now seperate from Time-Warner, but they must have some kind of agreement, since every song on all the CDs I have from them is licensed to TimeWarner.Helzagood 12:00, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Nomination for Clean-up[edit]

This entire article does not even come close to being balanced -- I have suspicions that some curmudgeonly fool wrote the article after unknowingly signing up for a music club before reading the "fine print." This article should either be deleted, or receive a complete overhaul.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:28, 14 December 2006 (UTC).

Seconded. The grudge paragraph doesn't list any sources for the supposed 'bad press'. It doesn't belong here. (talk) 9 January 2007

Balance of Article[edit]

I think the final paragraph of this article should just be a link to "Continuity Programs", since BMG and Columbia have done the same thing for years. It also seems hard for me to beleive that so much of this article is dedicated to a lament for consumers who don't understand the fine print of this world. I think these Time Life series books, were in large, were an excellent medium for middle class families to bring high quality books into their homes on affordable installment plans. Time-Life used their skills to create splendid volumes, just the right mix of text and graphics, including lovely color photos and detailed diagrams to explain their topics. They also recruited subject matter experts to act as writers and editors: Arthur C. Clarke wrote the MAN IN SPACE volume of the Science Library. Many of these books can still be found at public libraries, woven into the stacks by their subject matter. I think these books represent a zenith in American interest in learning and education. Now instead of reading books about the Great Ages of Man or the Civil War, we fret over paying too much for the complete works of John Denver or The Carpenters. This is a sign of the times. — Preceding unsigned comment added by PeterHoy4 (talkcontribs) June 2006

On the other hand, these book series' have a pretty bad image these days - pseudo-intellectual middle classes who only bought the collections to fill shelf space etc. Can't find any really reliable links (how do you qualify an "image" like this?), but see for example this Onion article - [1]. Many a true word is spoken in jest! (talk) 13:09, 10 January 2013 (UTC)


As far as I can tell, books are no longer produced at all by whatever entity now calls itself Time-Life. It might be worth including some info on how and when this came to be the case. Skookumpete 20:27, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Woodworking Series[edit]

This series seems to be rather popular on e-bay. A set of 19 recently sold for $120.00 and a set of 16 is now going for $115.00. Single books have been going for as much as 19.99. I would like to know how many books were in this series and what their titles are. I have a few already and in my humble opinion they appear to be good quality. A professional woodworker may disagree but I think they are good books for a beginner. Thundercloud556 (talk) 19:31, 20 January 2008 (UTC)


This article is written as an advertisement for Time-Life, pure and simple. Just read it. (talk) 00:59, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Speedy Deletion[edit]

Its just an advertisement, read it all, and no one has even TRIED to clean it up in the past nine months. Delete it in my Opinion. Dappl (talk) 18:32, 16 May 2010 (UTC)


These series sold in the millions. The book and music sets are highly notable aspects of american middle class culture from the 60's to the end of the millenium. The article needs a lot of help, but contrary to some more emotional pleas here, the subject does not deserve deletion. remember, deletion is for subjects not inherently notable, not for subjects where notability has not yet been clearly delineated by US. PS im willing to bet that a MAJORITY of modern U.S. scientists who grew up in the 60's would say that life science and life nature library were major inspirations to them.(mercurywoodrose) (talk) 06:08, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

Ownership and name[edit]

Time-Life is no longer owned by Readers Digest/RDA. Allen Shapiro and Mosaic Media Investment Partners bought them in July 2012.

They are in the process of transitioning their company name from Time-Life to StarVista Entertainment, as evidenced by the fact that their China Beach DVD releases bear both names on the packaging. In the last of the press releases for that Complete Series DVD set, they are credited in the body of the text (beginning of the 4th paragraph, then again later on) as "StarVista Entertainment/Time Life": — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:18, 30 May 2013 (UTC)


Fie on the anonymous airheads above. This article explains and gives excellent background of the Time-Life Company. It's only shortcoming I see is that the lists are incomplete. For instance, T-L produced many reprints of articles originally appearing in LIFE e.g. Life Before Birth, LIFE Educational Reprint 27. Dangnad (talk) 06:03, 7 November 2013 (UTC)