This starts talking about the Hachette/Amazon1 negotiations but the fun part is a bit further down where Shatzkin goes into the history of the paperback book. Specifically, have you ever wondered what the difference between a “trade paperback” and a “mass-market paperback” is? Have you ever wondered why there’s a difference?

Well. The short answer is “book publishing is fucked up”. For the longer, more interesting answer, start with this post.

  1. I still want to call it “Forest Axe”.