Medium of Pulp Fiction

While printing a magazine on cheap paper is not ideal for any editor, I believe it has a purpose regarding distribution. Printing Amazing Stories on this type of medium would make the magazine cheap to purchase. While it doesn’t seem as important as a novel would be with a hard cover,  it was much more affordable to the younger readers. And with the title Amazing Stories, it attracts the curiosity the leads a person to buy it. If it had been printed as a hard cover book with a higher price, it would have likely obtained less buyers.   So while it wasn’t the most sophisticated magazine, it would be the most distributed. Publishers today have utilized a new way for distribution by making books and magazines available to read on smart phones and tablets. While some still prefer reading from an actual book instead of the more modern method, the use of digitized copies make books and magazines more accessible and convenient to read, especially when traveling. So while the hard covers and glossy paper may seem more sophisticated and dignified, cheap paper made pulp magazines more affordable to distribute and purchase in order to gain more readers.

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  1. I agree with everything you have written but the annoying thing about pulp magazines is the formatting of the columns. Id much rather read something that is written in a single column with pictures and comments in another rather than interrupting the flow of the narrative with interjections of history and illustrations. Kerning, to me, is very important when reading a story because it has the ability to take you out of the flow of the story.

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