In writerly news…
Ever wonder how books morphed from being heavy hardcovers to “disposable” paperbacks? And, moreover, how did “cheap” books affect modern literature? Check out this great article from The New Yorker about the history of mass market-publishing. Here’s a snippet:
“One day, there was a revolution. On June 19, 1939, a man named Robert de Graff launched Pocket Books. It was the first American mass-market-paperback line, and it transformed the industry. Whether it also transformed the country is the tantalizing question…”
Read more: Pulp’s Big Moment.
QUESTION: Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks?