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Interesting article on Mental Floss:

How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “Paperbacks

  1. Thank you for this great link!

    I am an old-time, die-hard, mass market paperback fan. There is nothing better than a book that doesn’t need batteries, you can stuff in your pocket, trade it to friends, and hold it open in one hand while you’re eating lunch at work.


    • The only problem for me is, when you have a few thousands of them (like I do), you start to feel crowded 🙂


      • I have the same problem. When my bookshelf gets crowded, I fill up a bag with old books and donate them to the library. Then I fill up my shelves again with “new” old books that other people had to sell.


        • I tried that – the library of the hamlet where I live responded “we don’t want them, it would be too much work filing them”. Well, now I know I won’t make the same mistake twice. So next time I’ll sell them through eBay or Amazon.


          • Yargh!
            (I wish I could go to my job and tell all the customers, “Sorry, it would be too much trouble for me to file your request. So I’m deleting your email instead.”)


          • Yes, it’s pretty weird as a situation – but on the other hand, the local library is open two hours a week, every Saturday 10 am to 12 am.
            It’s not like overworking is going to kill them.


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