The Paperback Revolution

The year is 1935, the place is Britain, the revolutionary idea is—paperbacks. Can you imagine not having paperbacks? Some of my most favorite books that I’ve ever read are paperbacks, and can not even be found in hardback editions.

Let’s explore this revolution. Click the “Revolution” tab to begin. One of the neat things in this section is the “Animated Paperback Timeline”. (The timeline requires macromedia flash, you’ll be directed where to go). To explore the timeline simply click on one of the sections of books. The time line starts with 1935 to 1939, and goes until 1955 to 1960. I loved this time, you can literally watch the birth of the genre of paperbacks. Watch as publisher names you know and love become big success, such as Harlequin and Doubleday.

The Edmonton Collection — this section is devoted to the collection itself. Learn all about this collection by stopping here for a quick read.

The Gallery — the Paperback Gallery also requires flash. Here you can see and page through some of the books that you find on the rack. I chose Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and wasn’t disappointed. I got to see the covers, and the introduction as well as some of the publisher’s information. There is quite a sampling of old paperbacks for you to check out.

This was a fascinating site, I never really thought about the history of paperbacks before. But now I am glad I did. Check it out!

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