WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4: BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Profile America — Tuesday, October 4th. Today marks the birthday in 1862 of a man who put millions of books into the hands of several generations of young American readers long before the Harry Potter phenomenon swept children's literature. Edward Stratemeyer put together a syndicate of authors who wrote more than 800 books for boys and girls, including series about Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, the Hardy Boys and inventor Tom Swift. His successful formula was to sell inexpensive hard cover books, giving them an aura of legitimacy over the paperback "dime" novels of the day. Last year, more than 900 million books for children were expected to be sold, out of a national sales total of 3.2 billion books. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 501
Statistical Abstract 2011, t. 1136
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau