Books: Exit Tauchnitz

No longer will homing U.S. tourists shiver as they smuggle cheap, paperbound, Tauchnitz classics ("Not to be introduced into the British Empire or the U.S.A.") past uninterested U.S. customs officers. The Nazis have decreed that the century-old Tauchnitz Library must cease publishing works of U.S. and British writers, which make up the bulk of its 6,000 English-language titles.

The library has sold some 4,000,000 books since 21-year-old Bernhard Baron Tauchnitz first thought of bringing U.S. and British authors to the Continent in handy format, at modest cost (about 20¢ a copy).

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