๐Ÿ“š July 30 is Paperback Book Day: letโ€™s rejoice! ๐Ÿ“š

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Today is a day for those who still enjoy the feel and smell of a real book. Itโ€™s Paperback Book Day: the anniversary of the day the first Penguin paperbacks were published in England in 1935.
When it was introduced, the paperback book revolutionized reading (much like the e-reader has done more recently)
Before that, books had heavy wooden covers, were bound in leather and stitched to a spine. These books were, and are, durable and attractive, but they are also expensive and bulky, heavy.
Although paperback books existed before 1935, they were mostly cheap and poor quality, since the hardcover book was the only way to read โ€œgood literatureโ€.
Sir Allen Lane felt people should be able to get good books more easily and inexpensively. So he attempted to publish respectable quality writing without a hardcover and started what would become Penguin books.
One of the things that led to lighter books was the use of the railway, a fast form of travel across great distances. During those long journeys, passengers read to spend their time and this got easier when books became less expensive, large and heavy.
This simple innovation transformed the reading habits all over the world because paperback books have become more and more popular for both their reduced price and their portability: a beautiful way to carry about our favourite books on our person.
๐Ÿ“• โ€œBooks are a uniquely portable magicโ€ – Stephen King
๐Ÿ“• โ€œA book is a dream that you hold in your hand.โ€ – Neil Gaiman
๐Ÿ“• โ€œYou canโ€™t buy happiness, but you can buy books and thatโ€™s kind of the same thing.โ€ – Anonymous

10 thoughts on “๐Ÿ“š July 30 is Paperback Book Day: letโ€™s rejoice! ๐Ÿ“š

  1. Io uso anche il kobo o il cell per leggere ma un libro cartaceo e’ insostituibile.
    Amo sfogliare le pagine, e sentire il rumore quando le sfogli, o il profumo della carta, passare le dita sulla copertina ecc…
    E’ tutta un’altra cosa…
    Anche se alla gente piacciono quelli poco voluminosi a me piacciono quelli grandi e pesanti. Mi piace sentire il peso del libro.
    Mi piacciono le cose che occupano spazio. Forse perche’ stiamo andando troppo nel 2D.
    Ormai ogni cosa sta diventando bidimensionale purtroppo…

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