Celebrating Paperback Book Day

Originally created as an inexpensive and convenient alternative to the hardback book, paperbacks grew into a favorite collector's item due to their exciting and entertaining tales and covers. Here are a few favorites in honor of Paperback Book Day on July 30. Want to learn more about the history of the paperback? Watch our Anything Printed & Recorded webisode all about paperbacks.

Dead Game

Michael Avallone


First paperback printing. Perma Books, 1955

Wonderful action cover illustration by James Meese.

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Daybreak—2250 A.D.

Andre Norton


Ace G-717

‘60s printing of the science fiction novel originally published as Star Man’s Son.

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Died in the Wool

Ngaio Marsh


Collins, 1947

White Circle Book #300, by the notable British mystery writer.

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The Tall Man

John Ross


Collins, 1946

White Circle Book #266 features a bright cover illustration.

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Muscle Beach Party

Elsie Lee

Lancer Books 70-073, 1964

A novelization of the classic Annette and Frankie beach movie.

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Teen-Age Terror

Wenzell Brown


First Printing. Fawcett Gold Medal Giant s734, 1958

“The inside story of juvenile delinquency told in actual cases of violence and sex.”

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The Night Visitor and Other Stories

B. Traven

First paperback printing. Pocket Books, 1968

A story collection by the mysterious author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

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Prisoner in the Bar

Margaret Reynolds

Digit Books 411, 1958

Curious memoir of a couple who decide to open a pub in England. Cover by Guy Nicholls and interior drawings by James Boswell.

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Good-Bye, Mr. Chips

James Hilton

11th printing. Pocket Books, 1947

Nice copy of the classic novel, with a charming cover illustration.

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By Gun and Spur

Joseph Wayne

First paperback printing. Signet, 1954

Western in nice condition—only minor wear. “Blood and fire in a frontier town.”

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X

First paperback printing. Grove Press, 1966

A copy of the classic memoir by the noted Black activist.

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Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker

George Lucas


First printing. Ballantine Books, 1976

A collector’s item—predating the May ’77 release of the blockbuster movie.

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