It should be clear by now that Harry Scherman’s Book-of-the-Month Club did not intervene in the publishing business alone. Through its establishment of a committee of experts and its claim to send out the best book every month to its subscribers, the club additionally disrupted the established structures of literary practice and authority. Indeed, this latter maneuver generated the most intense attacks on the book club and its imitators, widening what had at first been only a trade war. Furthermore, it intensified the ongoing debate about the consequences of mass-produced standardization, especially within the literary field itself.
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