WASHINGTON, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MEET THE BEADLES
Profile America — Tuesday, June 20th. This month 51 years ago, the Beatles' song "Paperback Writer" topped the pop music charts in America. This ode to middlebrow writing aspirations followed by 107 years the introduction of paperback books by some earlier Beadles — the brothers Erastus and Irwin Beadle. In June 1860, the New York City publishers issued the first paperback, called Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter. Termed a "dime novel" for its price, the title seems to foreshadow two common subjects in paperback history — Westerns and romance novels. Some 65,000 copies were sold. Today, there are more than 2,600 book publishers in the U. S., a total that includes audio and digital books, along with hardbound and paperback volumes. Profile America is in its 21st year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Dime novels/accessed 3/24/2017: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dime_novel
1966 music chart/accessed 3/24/2017:
First publisher/accessed 3/24/2017: http://blog.tavbooks.com/?p=635
Summary/accessed 3/24/2017: http://web.stanford.edu/dept/SUL/library/prod/depts/dp/pennies/1860_firstdime.html
Book publishers/County Business Patterns/NAICS 511130: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~511130
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at <http://www.census.gov> (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau