The Press: Books in Brief

Traveling on business last summer, Publisher Walter J. Black was struck by the number of people he saw reading small monthly magazines of the Reader's Digest type. Mulling over this trend, Mr. Black conceived the notion of a "digest" monthly to give readers boiled-down versions of full-length books. This week the U. S. saw the result—a 25¢ Book Digest, of which 75,000 copies were distributed to the stands of American News Co. First issue of Book Digest had condensations of ten recent books, fast-sellers like John Gunther's Inside Europe, Herbert Asbury's The...

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