On 30th of July 1935 the first Penguin book was published. It was a sea change in publishing and it meant books could be within the price range of thousands of more people.
The first 10 books published were:
- Ariel By Andre Maurois
- A Farewell to Arms By Ernest Hemingway
- Poet’s Pub By Eric Linklater
- Madame Claire By Susan Ertz
- The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club By Dorothy L. Sayers
- The Mysterious Affair By Agatha Christie
- Twenty-Five By Beverley Nichols
- William By E.H. Young
- Gone to Earth By Mary Webb
- Carnival By Compton Mackenzie
Penguin Books is now an imprint of the worldwide Penguin Random House, a conglomerate formed in 2013 by its merger with American publisher Random House, a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann.
For many, their first paperback books, would have been Penguins.
The logo was the inspirational work of 21 year old Edward Young. You can read about that story here: How the Penguin Logo has evolved
And you can explore the timeline of Penguin books here: Company History