“The Paperback Experiment that Paved the Way for Penguin”

At Lit Hub, Rebecca Rego Barry writes about the history of Bonibooks. “What exactly are Bonibooks? Let’s start with their originator, Charles Boni, who along with his older brother, Albert Boni, was a publishing pioneer. While still in college, he and Albert founded the Washington Square Book Shop in Greenwich Village in 1913, a literary legend celebrated in the 2011 exhibition, “The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: a Portal to Bohemia: 1920-1925,” at the University of Texas at Austin. But the Boni brothers sold the shop to Frank Shay only two years after opening it in order to pursue publishing instead.”

And there is a thread of Bonibook cover art by @arkahmlibrarian on Twitter!

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