The BookScans Database
Links to the Most Popular Publishers' Folders in the Database
Scanned Images of Vintage Paperback Books
Welcome to the Database Index Page. The images are arranged by book number within Publisher Folders, which can be accessed in the left column.
If you can't find the publisher you're looking for, check out a COMPLETE LIST of Vintage Paperback Publishers HERE.
Each image (anywhere in the web site) should be identified by its publishing house and number. If, for some reason, the number is not listed, you can still identify it through its web address. Click the thumbnail to see the full-sized image, then check out its web address in your browser's address line. Try it on the image in the upper left corner of this page. You'll find that it reads something like:
So now you know that it's Signet 1584.
My goal is to update the Publisher Folders annually until the runs are complete. If you note that a Publisher has not been updated for some time, check the "Update" Folders for additional entries.
Each Update Folder will be retained on the site for a year and then deleted. Updates will commonly occur in February, June and October. So, in the links to the left below, the lowest numbered Update will disappear during each of those months, and a higher numbered Update will take its place.
The "Infantry Journal" folder includes images from the following publishers:
Infantry Journal, Superior Reprints and the Penguin S-series
The "Other Publishers" folder includes images from the following publishers:
Airmont, Apollo, Archway, Banner, Bart House, Beagle, Black Cat, Bleak House, Carlyle, Charter, Checker Book, Collier, Corgi, Corinth, Dale, Del Rey, Docket, Dolphin, Doubleday Anchor, Eugenics, Flagship, Fotonovel, Freeway, Gold Star, Holloway, Jove, Keepworthy, L.A. Bantam, Leisure, Magnum, Major, Moody Press, Ottenheimer, Overseas Editions, Playboy, Pocket Library, Pocket Library of Art, Pony, Powell, Regency, Saint, Tower, Value, Vintage, Washington Square Press, Wisdom House, Zenith, and many others.
The "Digests" folder includes images from the following publishers:
Avon Modern Short Story Monthly, Avon Bedside Reader, Avon Fantasy Reader, Avon Monthly Novel, Avon Murder Mystery Monthly, (Avon) Rex Stout, Avon Special, Avon Western, Adventure Novel Classics, Arrow, Atlas, Bestseller Mystery, Big Green, Black Cat, Black Knight, Bonded, Broadway, Comet, Crime Novel Selection, Croydon Mystery, Dagger, Death House, Detective Novel Classics, Detective Novel of the Month, Eerie, Fighting Western Novel, Five Star, Galaxy, Green Dragon, Green, Gunfire Western Novels, Hangman House, Jonathan Mystery, Mercury Mystery, Merit, Mystery Novel Classics, Original, Phantom, Prize, Readers Choice Library, Seal Books, Star, Thrilling Novels, Thriller Novel Classics, Vulcan, Western Novel Classic, Western Novel of the Month, and many others.
The "Sexy Digests" folder includes images from the following publishers:
Archer, Astro, Cameo, Carnival, Croydon, Diversey, Ecstasy, Exotic, Falcon, Griffin, Fiesta, Intimate, Knickerbocker, Leisure Library, Lev Gleason, Original Novels, Prize Love Novels, Quarter Books, Rainbow, Stallion, Star, Stork, Uni, Venus, and many others.
The "Sleaze" folder includes images from the following publishers:
Allstar, Beacon, Bedside, Boudoir, Brandon House, Broadway, Chariot, Chicago House, Companion, Dollar, Domino, Ember Library, Fabian, France, Gaslight, Greenleaf Classics, Idle Hour, Imperial, Kozy, Lancer, Leisure, MacFadden, Magnet, Mercury, Merit, Midwood, Newsstand Library, Nightstand, Novel Books, PEC, Pike, Pillow, Playtime, Saber, Softcover Library, Stanley, Sundown, and many others.
The "Adolescent" folder includes images from the following publishers of children's and adolescent books:
Archway, Lantern, Scholastic, Tempo, Tiger Beat, Young Readers, and many others.
The "Philosophy" folder includes images from publishers that primarily deal with philosophy and religion:
Anchor, Anvil, Beacon Press, Dutton, Harper, Harvest, Image, Meridian, Moody, Norton, and many others.
The "Non-US Publishers" folder includes images from the following publishers:
Ace, Albatross, Arrow, Badger, Cleveland, Corgi, Coronet, Curtis, Digit, Fontana, Harlequin, Horwitz, Larry Kent, Mayflower, New English Library, Orbit, Original Novels, Pan, Panther, Penguin, Phantom, Pocket Books, Puffin, Sphere, Star, White Circle, Hundreds of books from Finnish and Swedish publishers, and many others.
The "Special Groups" folder includes books from the following:
Max Brand, Fredric Brown, Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Dickson Carr, M.E. Chaber, Erle Stanley Gardner, Zane Grey, Brett Halliday, Frank Kane, Louis L'Amour, Ed McBain, Ellery Queen, Luke Short, Rex Stout and Harry Whittington.
PLUS ... many groups by genre, including: Ladies in Peril & Damsels in Distress, Gay, Lesbiana, MAD, THE Gothic Cover ... and The Rarest Genre.
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This page was updated June, 2014