My secret trick (not so secret any more, granted): check out the large print editions. They're usually available with less demand. It's actually sort of a nostalgia trip to read them as well - when I was little my grandmother lived with us, and she'd get the large print editions of the Reader's Digest, and I'd read them. If it was there, I read it, pre-digested or no.
Hmm. It sounds a lot stranger than I ever thought once it's out of my head, in print. Well, I never claimed to be normal ab ovo.