Death of the paperback

These are dark and stormy times for the mass-market softcover, the NY Times reports.

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Cheap romance novels for the beach or cottage? Vaguely political thrillers for that boring plane ride? They may be endangered species.

According to the New York Times, although "mass-market paperbacks have always been prized for their cheapness and disposability, something even more convenient has come along: the e-book."

The newspaper goes on to note that "recession-minded readers who might have picked up a quick novel in the supermarket or drugstore are lately resisting the impulse purchase."

Are we really supposed to Kindle that Clive Cussler? The Times has the whole story here.

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