The Days Of When We All Read Paperbacks

Last month I talked about book lengths, and this caused me to think about how we used to read before Amazon came along and changed our reading habits.

During the seventies and eighties, we read physical books. Many passed along dog-eared and well-read from family and friends. These were some of the authors and stories that kept me entertained for hours on end.

I spoke to a couple of friends and asked them where they got their books. Beryl Harwood said, ‘I mostly went to book shops and the library. Ian Jackson agreed and said he spent many an hour in the libraries around his area.

It was a wonderful place to browse, which I often did during my lunch hour. These mainly were hardback so didn’t have a cover. I’d carefully select titles that I fancied by reading the blurb. Later, if I wanted to buy a book, I would go to somewhere like WH Smith. This time it was the cover that would draw me in first. If that appealed, I’d read the description.

Even now, I can still remember the excitement of having it in my bag and not being able to read it till the evening.

These days, I get the majority of them from an author’s newsletter. They often share other’s as well as their own. Many of them also offer a freebie. It really is a great way to find new books.

We, at Norns Triad Publications, offer a newsletter, and we do something that I haven’t seen in any other. We provide articles that link back to our website, as well as book reviews, special features, and much more. So, if you haven’t already come from our newsletter, why not subscribe?

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