Books: Publisher's Revolution

In 1939 Publisher Robert Fair de Graff of Pocket Books was hit by an idea. This week he was in the middle of a revolution. Idea was his glossy-covered, 25¢ reprints of standard books and classics. The revolution was the method of distributing Pocket Books like magazines. Result has been to create the biggest adult book market ever reached by a U.S. publisher, to revolutionize the book-buying habits of U.S. readers.

The extent .of this publishing revolution is lit up by some startling facts & figures:

> Last year Pocket Books sold nearly 5,000,000 copies, will probably sell 10,000,000 in 1941.

> An...

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