Cut off Nose in Despite of Face

PASSIVE GUY REPORTS that Random Penguin intends or doesn’t intend to cut back on mass market paperbacks by merging Berkley into Putnam/Dutton. What. Everrr. Seems like somebody has lost the concept of mass market. If they’re having problem making ends meet, seems to me they’d be better off to put less investment into hardbacks and put a big push on paperbacks. Camping on the high end of the market doesn’t strike me as the ticket to the big time. It’s never been that customers wanted to pay higher prices for the same goods.

Well. Not never. There’s one born every minute, as the saying goes. And you should never give one an even break. But, still.

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