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Pulp Fiction (and Non-Fiction): What Happens to Unwanted Books

Ah, publishing arcana. We’d probably be OK without knowing lots of it, but the massive Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “recall” of Imagine a few weeks ago highlights the moving parts and practical concerns behind “hidden” corners of the industry. New York magazine did a fascinating little history of book pulping the other day. And why would they bother? Because apparently Every year, millions of books are sent to the “cruel machines,” as one young editor calls them, simply because their sales didn’t meet projections. Aha. Well, even though the article was […]