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From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/9/18 3:11 AM 
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How World War II Helped Give Birth to the Softcover Book

As Nazi Germany was staging large-scale book burnings of any titles that went against its fascist beliefs, the United States sought to arm its soldiers during World War II with a weapon that was emblematic of the freedom of expression it was fighting to preserve: the softcover book. Merely meant to entertain ...

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From: Tedster (MARCIASC)1/13/18 1:08 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 6) 
 3353.2 in reply to 3353.1 

Linda that was a really interesting article.  I didn't know what had started our paperback books.  Thanks!


From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/13/18 4:21 PM 
To: Tedster (MARCIASC)  (3 of 6) 
 3353.3 in reply to 3353.2 

You're welcome!  I thought it was quite interesting .. I had never heard this before  :-)


From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member Icon1/18/18 10:38 AM 
To: Tedster (MARCIASC)  (4 of 6) 
 3353.4 in reply to 3353.2 

Dime novels and such in the 1880's?

WIKI comments that the Germans and a few others started the idea in the 1840's.

Smithsonian does not take up the story until the Brits started Penguin in 1935, the WWII connection was only a happy accident for paperbacks.


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From: Apollonius (Theocritos)1/26/18 3:11 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 6) 
 3353.5 in reply to 3353.1 

It was WWI that spelled the end of quality publishing.  


Look especially at children's books.   Before 1914 there were many extremely lavish productions, many unsurpassed even today.



It took over fifty years for publishers to hit their stride with beautiful books again.


From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/27/18 12:14 AM 
To: Apollonius (Theocritos)  (6 of 6) 
 3353.6 in reply to 3353.5 

Interesting .....


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