When is a book not a book?

Although books in some form have been around for centuries, it was only in 1935 that paperbacks as we know them were first published. The Penguin series provided a source of good quality literature using a cover of pulped paper rather than the traditional hardback, and opened up books to the mass market at a reasonable cost.

I wondered how many genres were around in the early days, and discovered the novels of Dickens fell under the social criticism or the historical/domestic fiction categories.

My early memories were of going to the library to look through hardback non-fiction reference books to research for school homework. Later I subscribed to Mills and Boon and read a new romance novel every week. The books built up to such an extent I asked my local bookshop if they would be interested in taking them. They agreed but I think they envisaged maybe twenty or thirty, not half a dozen large black sacks full.

With the introduction of the Kindle came the eBook revolution with MOBI and EPUB formats and for a while there were enough options with most readers having their personal preference.

I write fiction books and short stories, but were you aware there are audio versions of some of ‘Val’s Tales’ available free? With a professional narrator, and a technical director on the team, we launched our first You Tube production shortly before Christmas last year, and gradually expanded into other platforms.

Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast…

Google podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0…

Amazon music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/a9c…

Podbean: https://valstales.podbean.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValsTales

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vals_tales/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vals_tales

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCsmbM57q4SzHbOcx3CPbr1Q

The team took a short break during August, but following a recent board meeting, (doesn’t that sound impressive!) 😀 we hope to have some new and exciting audio content ready for the autumn.

Meanwhile, I’ve decided to get back to doing what I enjoy most- writing short stories.

Thanks for joining me and see you next week.

© Val Portelli August 2021

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