by Shh_ImReading@evpl on Thursday, July 30 2009, 3:28pm. Viewed 789 times.

Something to think about today (or any day) when you pick up a paperback book is that paperbacks are a relatively modern invention. Okay, they're modern if you think back to clay tablets and papyrus rolls. The modern paperback was introduced by Penguin on July 30, 1935, just 74 years ago! According to Chase's Calendar of Events (2009), "Although books bound in soft covers were first introduced in 1841 at Leipzig, Germany by Christian Bernhard Tauchnitz, the modern paperback revolution dates to the publication of the first Penguin paperback by Sir Allen Lane at London, England, in 1935."

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