Cabinet 8: Romance: Medical
Gwen Pearce, Deep Sea Nurse. Sydney: Calvert, [196-?]. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9611.P34 D43
Shane Douglas, The Doctor’s Crisis. 2nd ed. London ; Melbourne: Horwitz, 1963. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9611.D63 D628
Romance reading remains a strong activity in the world of publishing, especially with sub-genres of historical, suspense and fantasy titles. According to the website of Romance Writers of America, 74.8 million people read at least one romance novel in 2008, with some 29 million as regular readers. Women make up 90.5% of romance readership (men 9.5%), and women aged 31-49 head the readership list. Most romance novels are read at home, while travelling, or on vacation. Twenty-nine percent of readers carry a romance novel with them and finish it within 7 days. As Horwitz, Cleveland, Calvert, and other Australian publishers knew, readers prefer mass-market soft-covered books. These three Australian romance titles not only have great covers, but they are priced just right, which is always an important factor.