The Press: Books Abridged

Book publishers are agreed that more books would be sold if people had more money to buy them, more time to read them. Obvious solutions would be to make books cheaper and shorter. For most publishers either course is close to impossible. For magazine publishers who can buy the right to boil down books, the problem is not so tough.

Book Digest, published by Joseph J. White, offers for 25¢ each month three or four condensations (5,000-8,000 words) of current books, about eight shorter condensations or excerpts from other works. Book Digest pays publishers $100 for long condensations, runs no advertisements, claims...

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