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hprotagonist
I believed and still do that the democratic ideal is a permanent and inconclusive Socratic seminar in which we all learn from one another. The publisher’s job is to supply the necessary readings.

preach it.

billfruit
Weren't there no Penguin paperbacks in USoA? They started doing essentially the same thing in 1935.
jmeister
I recently bought a cheap, delightfully printed, otherwise hard-to-find Kaufmann translation of Goethe’s Faust.

Probably my best value-for-money purchase ever.

https://www.amazon.com/Goethes-Faust-Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe/...

cafard
One of the advantages of "quality paperbacks" is that they are handy. American publishers seem to produce their hardbacks for a library trade in which a volume will be handled roughly every week.
rob74
Sorry, but I somehow fail to see what made this idea particularly original in the 1950s. I am aware of at least one publisher that started printing affordable paperbacks of classic books already in 1867 - Reclams Universal-Bibliothek (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reclam, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taschenbuch#/media/Datei:Recla...)
civilized
This looks interesting but the font is very unpleasant on mobile.