Today, it’s de rigueur for major publishers to print both hardcover and paperback books. And of course, there’s a new “pocket book” transforming reading habits, the e-book. Now that Amazon—and the other online booksellers who followed—have untethered e-books from computers by offering inexpensive e-readers, the e-book revolution has done de Graff’s brilliant distribution scheme one better: These days, anyone with a smartphone has an entire bookstore in his or her pocket.
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The history of books never fails to fascinate me. Books and intelligence have for a large part of history been a high class activity. Just like Gutenberg’s printing press, paperbacks helped bring books to more social classes. It’s hard to believe that it paperbacks were heralded as the end of quality print and books. So maybe, just maybe, us bibliophiles will survive the ebook transition…