Monday, May 02, 2005

is this the end of paperback culture?

Have you noticed the big shift? The lack of paperbacks in bookstores, even grocery stores and discount stores? Are mass market paperbacks soon to be a thing of the past? Some bookstores no longer display regular paperbacks in the new release section AT ALL. Those coveted spots are now reserved for trade paperbacks and hardcovers. I can’t help feeling sad about the death of the paperback, and not just because I am published in mass market fiction and my books will now be much harder to find. I feel sad because mass market paperbacks have always been a part of our culture. It seems there is this kind of subconscious, elitist movement away from all things white trash. While some people like my friend Bonnie might embrace her trailer park roots, many of us are admiring our wine sense while trying to forget those roots ever existed.

Here are some excellent articles on the history of the paperback, plus some other cool paperback sites.

A Short History of Paperbacks:
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this is a really cool site:
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more:
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Those Gorey Covers!
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6 comments:

e-mom said...

OOh, I'm in your blog, I am so special :D

anne frasier said...

i was going to send you the link, but then i thought it might be more fun if you just stumbled across it. :D

Avid Reader said...

Hi Ms. Frasier,

I am glad that you started your blog! I just received your new book in the mail and can't wait to read it. I think your thoughts on the publishing industry and the dreaded trade paperback to be very interesting. Welcome to blogging! I hope your posts are not all that sporadic.

anne frasier said...

hi, avid!
not sure how long i'll stick with the blogger business, but i'm having fun right now. plus it's a nice outlet for my gripes. :D

Jeff said...

Hi Anne,
I'm new to this blogger business myself. I'll give it a try and see how it goes. Anyway, I agree with your sentiments about mass market paperbacks. Thanks for the links, and keep up the good writing. :)

anne frasier said...

tapping my fingers, waiting for jeff's first blog entry.... :)