The Revolution Before eBooks

Andrew Shaffer wrote an article for Mental Floss about Paperbacks in America:

“Half a century before e-books turned publishing upside down, a different format threatened to destroy the industry…

“A movie ticket set you back 20 cents. John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the year’s bestselling… book, was $2.75. For a nation suffering 20 percent unemployment, books were an impossible expense.”