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The Great American Paperback by Richard A. Lupoff
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Apr 25, 2010

it was amazing
I own a copy

A large, well written book about the history of a book publishing format and the publishers that were working with it - this sounds already appealing to me, but what really makes this volume fantastic is the over 600 paperback covers used to illustrate this history. This is not just for the collectors of vintage paperbacks, but for everyone that likes to look at the development of book covers over a longer time. Of course those that started reading 30, 40 years ago might see old favourites again, or at least the styles of design which made them pick up books then...
And, it is not only "sex sells" - quite a lot of the covers show a level of abstraction that would fit in any modern art collection in a museum. The only problem with the book is that you need to have tissues at hand - the constant drooling over these cover designs will otherwise damage the book.

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