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From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJan-9 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)Jan-13 1:08 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 4) 
 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 hostJan-13 4:21 PM 
To: Tedster (MARCIASC)  (3 of 4) 
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You're welcome!  I thought it was quite interesting .. I had never heard this before  :-)

 

 
From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member IconJan-18 10:38 AM 
To: Tedster (MARCIASC)  (4 of 4) 
 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.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-the-paperback-novel-changed-popular-literature-11893941/

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

 

Warren
 
USCG Engineer 1961-1982
 
 
 

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