Since books are basically a luxury item, a purchaser can dispense with them in hard times. One partial solution in the United States has been the issuance of paperback books, long a standard form of book publication in Europe. During the 1930s and 40s the paperbound, pocket-size book rose meteorically in popularity in English-speaking countries, and in the 1950s the
quality paperback appeared, presenting durable yet inexpensive editions of well-known writers. By 1998 mass-market and trade paperbacks represented about 14% of all books sold in the United States.
Sections in this article:
- Early History
- The Emergence of Publishing Houses
- Paperback Books
- New Technologies
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Associations and Awards
- Related Entries
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