Robert Bernstein, Publisher

May 27 marked the passing of another prominent figure in the literary world.   Robert Bernstein, a publishing executive and human rights activist at Random House Publishing passed away at the age of 96 after working in the publishing industry for over two decades.  According to Harrison Smith, reporter for the Washington Post, it was under Bernstein’s direction that Random House expanded into the world’s largest publisher of general interest books. To read more about Robert Bernstein’s role in the publishing industry, clbernsteinick here.  

Today, we’d like to ask you to take a moment, where was the last book that you’ve read published?  Do the types of books you read seem to come from one publishing house or from a variety of publishing houses?

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

Betty Balantine

The New York Times February 19 obituary page announced that Betty Ballantine passed merlin_150662589_5c753add-c5bf-4acd-918a-b83af1596cce-superJumboaway at the age of 99.  If you’re wondering who Betty Ballantine is, she was the publisher who brought paperback books to the United States by establishing the American division of the paperback house for Penguin Books in 1939.

 As her obituary reads “Betty Ballantine… helped transform reading habits in the pre-internet age by introducing inexpensive paperback books to America.” Where a hardcover book would cost between $2-$3, a paperback would only cost a quarter! Because of her work not only were books more available and affordable to own, but new genres began to emerge and become popular.  You can read the NY Times article here

So today we’d like to ask you, what is your favorite paperback book?

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian 


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