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Paperback may refer to a kind of book binding by which papers are simply folded without cloth or leather and bound - usually with glue rather than stitches or staples - into a thick paper cover; or to a book with this type of binding. (Contrast cloth, hardback, hardbound or hardcover.) A book is a collection of paper, parchment or other material with a piece of text written on them, bound together along one edge, usually within covers. ... Old book binding and cover Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of separate or bifoliate sheets of paper or other material. ... Piece of A4 paper Paper is a thin material produced by the amalgamation of plant fibres, which are subsequently held together without extra binder, largely by hydrogen bonds and to a large degree by fiber entanglement. ... It has been suggested that Textile be merged into this article or section. ... Modern leather-working tools Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides, pelts and skins of animals, primarily cows. ... An adhesive is a compound that adheres or bonds two items together. ... Stitch can refer to: Medical stitches, sutures A side stitch, an intense stabbing pain during exercise. ... A packet of staples commonly used in the home or office A staple is a type of two-pronged, usually metal fastener for joining or binding materials together. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ...



The paperback format was pioneered by German publisher Albatross Books in 1931 but the experiment was cut short. In England Penguin Books adopted many of Albatross's innovations, for instance the conspicuous logo and the color-coded covers for different genres, beginning in 1935, and was an immediate financial success. Albatross Books was a German publishing house based in Hamburg that produced the first modern mass market paperback books. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... Penguin Books is a British publisher founded in 1935 by Allen Lane. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

The format was brought to the United States with Pocket Books, beginning in 1939. Because of its position as Number One in what became a very long list of Pocket editions, James Hilton's Lost Horizon is often cited as the first paperback book, which is not correct. The first mass-market, pocket-sized, paperback book printed in America was an edition of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth, produced by Pocket Books as a proof-of-concept in late 1938, sold in New York City, and now very collectible. Number One on the Penguin list of 1935 editions was André Maurois's Ariel. Pocket Books is the name of a subdivision of Simon & Schuster publishers. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... James Hilton (September 9, 1900 - December 20, 1954) was a popular English novelist of the first half of the 20th century. ... The cover of the 1961 paperback edition Lost Horizon is a fantasy adventure novel by James Hilton. ... Pearl S. Buck (birth name Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker, Chinese name 賽珍珠) (June 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973) was a novelist. ... The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S. Buck, first published in 1931, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... André Maurois, or Emile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog (July 26, 1885 – October 9, 1967) was a French author and man of letters. ...


Paperbacks include cheap mass market paperbacks, in the standard "pocketbook" format generally printed on newsprint or other low quality paper, which will discolor and disintegrate over a period of decades, and more expensive trade paperbacks in larger formats printed on better quality paper, sometimes acid-free paper. Categories: Stub | Books ... Newsprint is low-cost, low-quality, non-archival paper. ... A trade paperback can refer to any book that is bound with a heavy paper cover that is generally cheaper than the hardcover but more expensive than the regular paperback version. ... Acid-free paper is paper that has a neutral or basic pH (7 or greater), although paper having a pH between 6 and 7 is often also considered acid-free. ...


Paperback editions of books are issued when a company decides to release a book in a low cost format. The lack of a hard cover, stitched bindings, and frequently the use of cheaper paper, contibute to the inherent low cost of paperbacks, especially when compared to the average cost of hardcovers. A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ...

Paperbacks can be the preferred media when a book is not expected to be a major seller, or in other situations where the publisher wishes to release a book without putting forth a large investment. Examples include many novels, and new editions or reprintings of older books. Some people do not buy paperbacks due to their ephemeral nature and brightly coloured covers which do not fit into their collection. A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ...

First printed in the 1910s

A Paperback was recently discovered from the "How does it work" series which was printed in 1916, the book (which is entitled "Electricity") may be the first paperback ever published predating Albatross books by twelve years, although it is unclear how many other copies have survived.

Major paperback publishers

Ace Books is the oldest continuing publisher of science fiction & fantasy novels, founded in 1953 by magazine publisher A. A. Wyn. ... Berkley Books is a paperback imprint of Penguin Group (USA). ... Categories: Stub ... Paperback Library was a paperback book publisher established in 1961. ... Popular Library was a paperback book company established by Ned Pines in 1942, who at the time was a major pulp magazine publisher. ... Penguin Books is a British publisher founded in 1935 by Allen Lane. ...

Cultural references

The Beatles, an English musical group from Liverpool, are the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful popular music artists in history. ... Paperback Writer is a song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and released by The Beatles on the A side of their eleventh single. ...

See also

Categories: Stub | Books ... A trade paperback can refer to any book that is bound with a heavy paper cover that is generally cheaper than the hardcover but more expensive than the regular paperback version. ...

External links

  • A History of Paperback Books: Publishing Houses, Authors, and Artists
  • Paperback Publishers
  • L'âge d'or des paperbacks.


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