Thursday 1 October 2009

A History of the Paperbacks (accordin’ to the Times)

An interesting article from The Times Online the other day gave a brief history of the paperback in all its money-saving glory. It concluded with a paragraph on the perception of how the e-reader or Kindle may eventually replace it. The writer seemed to doubt that this may happen, but who knows what the future will hold, eh?

Sit down, Nostradamus.

Anyway, if you click on the link, you’ll also find a list of the top fifty paperbacks as judged by a triumvirate of Times-type folk. Only two of the fifty actually feature on my bookshelf, though. Bateman’s Mystery Man and The Reapers by John Connolly. I wonder if I should construct my own top fifty... Mightn’t be worth the effort. I mean, it’s not like I’m in a position to offer a cash prize to the top three or anything. Still, might mean more to the average CSNI reader, legion that you are.


seana graham said...

Start smaller, Gerard. Say, ten. There are those of us who'd like to see it.

Anonymous said...

Here's my 10. (Admitedly there's a wee bit of rule bending going on.)

Gerard Brennan said...

Seana - Ten, eh? That's doable. Might be hard to narrow it down to such a small number, though... I'll give it some thought.

Blackwatertown - Thanks for sharing! I see you had the trouble I'm expecting to experience (as per my comment to seana).