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airport novel

airport novel  

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Like the French roman du gare (railway station novel), an engrossing but not particularly weighty work of fiction intended to divert travellers flying from one city to another. Sold at ...
Armed Services Editions

Armed Services Editions  

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American forces overseas during World War II needed books, but second-hand books, donated by the million in 1941–3, were not very appealing to GIs. In early 1943 the Council on ...
art book

art book  

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Art and the book have a long common history, from books of hours to modern artists’ books. A new type of book, however, appeared once the history of art, in ...
Avon Books

Avon Books  

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*Paperback publisher founded in 1941 by the American News Co. when it lost its distribution contract for Pocket Books. Avon published mysteries, westerns, and other genre fiction. In 1959, it ...
Ballantine Books

Ballantine Books  

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New York paperback publishing firm founded in 1952 by Ian and Betty Ballantine. Ballantine began controversially by arranging with hardcover publishers to publish books simultaneously in cloth and ...
Bantam Books

Bantam Books  

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New York paperback publisher founded in 1945 by Ian Ballantine and financed by Grosset & Dunlap and Curtis Publishing, a magazine firm that handled Bantam’s distribution. From its beginning, Bantam ...
Benn Brothers Ltd

Benn Brothers Ltd  

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London publisher established in 1880 by J. W. Benn. Initially publishing trade journals, the company broadened its range to include mass paperback publishing under Ernest Benn in the 1920s. It was ...
Berkley Publishing Corporation

Berkley Publishing Corporation  

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*Paperback house founded as the Chic News Company in 1954 by Charles Byrne and Frederic Klein, who had worked for Avon. In 1955 they renamed the firm and started publishing ...
Best Sellers

Best Sellers  

Term for books that are remarkably popular, for a brief time or over a period of many years. Seldom of great literary significance, such works are often ephemeral and dependent upon temporary tastes ...
Book Society

Book Society  

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British book club, founded 1929. Like its American counterpart the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Book Society used a panel of experts—including J. B. Priestley and Hugh Walpole—to select books. Titles ...
Bookbinding

Bookbinding  

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The art of sewing quires together within a cover into a single codex. The last step in manuscript book production, binding protected codices and kept their contents in order. Most ...
Books in Print

Books in Print  

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Reference work listing currently available book titles and editions in the US. It began as an annual published in 1948 by Bowker, and eventually became an electronic resource. Related serials ...
City Lights

City Lights  

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American publisher. Founded in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin as the first all-*paperback bookshop, City Lights has occupied a building in North Beach, San Francisco, ever since. ...
colonial editions

colonial editions  

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Editions of books published for distribution at special prices to colonial markets, chiefly Australia and New Zealand, but also India, Canada, South Africa, and elsewhere. Several British firms ran ...
De Bezige Bij

De Bezige Bij  

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Dutch publisher. It originated in the Dutch resistance during World War II, publishing clandestinely to aid Jewish children. In 1944 it became a cooperative society, albeit still run by its ...
Dell Publishing

Dell Publishing  

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New York trade publishing house founded by George T. Delacorte, a publisher of magazines and comic books, in 1943. Delacorte’s magazine empire gave his new paperback house an extremely effective ...
dime Novel

dime Novel  

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A cheap and usually violently sensational novel, so called because of its price (a dime being ten US cents) in the late 19th century, although in fact many of these books were cheaper still at five ...
Diogenes

Diogenes  

Swiss publishing house, established 1953 in Zurich by Daniel Keel. It publishes classics as well as contemporary literature and bestselling authors with a distinctive graphic style, successfully ...
Doubleday & Co.

Doubleday & Co.  

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New York publisher (founded 1897), which has been involved in nearly every aspect of the book trade. Doubleday has published both books (trade and text) and magazines. It operated printing ...
Dover Publications

Dover Publications  

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US reprint publisher founded in 1943 by Hayward Cirker. The firm began by reprinting, in cloth and paperback bindings, art books and high-level college texts in mathematics and the sciences. ...

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