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The "Livre de poche" [1] has been a thing since the 1960s in France, coming from a francophile culture like mine I was a little surprised when I found out that in the Anglo-sphere there is still such a strong emphases on hard covers.

[1] https://www.franceculture.fr/litterature/linvention-du-livre...

Not only is the emphasis on hard covers for new release - meaning you have to wait a bit to get a decent paperback - but the paperback sizes are always too huge to fit into a jacket pocket.

yeah those in the article seem a bit very light, but I don't think I've ever had more than 5% of my books in hardcover form and paperback has been the norm since the 80s...

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