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Sorry Amazon, Paperback Books Weren’t Invented in WW2

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There’s a big fight on now between Amazon, Hachette and bestselling authors to decide on the best way to screw readers and ordinary writers.

The writers have formed Writers Union. Amazon formed Readers United.

But Amazon, even though it made its big splash selling books, doesn’t seem to know where paperbacks came from.

Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time when movie tickets cost 10 or 20 cents, and books cost $2.50. The new paperback cost 25 cents — it was ten times cheaper. Readers loved the paperback and millions of copies were sold in just the first year.

The existence of the term “Dime Novels” would tell you that it didn’t happen that way.

Paperbacks weren’t invented in the 1930s. because our ancestors weren’t morons. They existed long before that.

Amazon is probably talking about Albatross Books in the 1930s while leaving out the rather complicated history and just shifting over to Penguin. That’s fine, but pretending that paperbacks were invented then is stupid for a company that makes money selling them.

Amazon is pretending to champion readers. Writers United is pretending to champion writers. Both are lying. They’re fighting over a percentage of profits from eBooks.

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