A Common Reader

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A Common Reader is a discontinued American mail-order book catalog established in 1986 by James Mustich, Jr.. It was notable among general-interest book catalogs for its eclecticism, with large sections of each issue given over to obscure literary classics.[1]

A Common Reader appeared several times a year, with a readership in the tens of thousands. Its in-house publishing imprint was the Akadine Press.[2]

As of January 27, 2006 the organization is out of business. They have gone into bankruptcy; there was an auction of their stock and equipment on February 22, 2006 in Pleasantville, New York.[3]


  1. ^ Shapera, Todd (1999-07-11). "Personal Missions Fuel Small Publishers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  2. ^ Bly, Robert W. (2002-11-18). "Does the Printed Word Still Matter?". DMNews. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  3. ^ Parry, Tim (2006-05-01). "The book closes on A Common Reader". MultiChannel Merchant. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

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