The Strange Case of the Ballantine "K"

 

 

 

 

Ballantine used prefixes as part of their numbering system to designate various prices, such as an "F" to show a 50 book instead of their regular 35 cover price. Many paperback publishers used systems like this.

But beginning with book #267, a letter "K" suffix began appearing. It continued, almost uniformly, until book #527, when it disappeared just as mysteriously as it appeared. I have no idea why it started, why it was there, or why it stopped.

There is no "K" on book #445 (and possibly one or two others).