|Founder||John Holroyd-Reece, Max Christian Wegner and Kurt Enoch|
|Country of origin||Germany|
|Fiction genres||Mass-market paperbacks|
Albatross was founded in 1932 by John Holroyd-Reece, Max Christian Wegner and Kurt Enoch. The name was chosen because albatross is the same word in many European languages. Based on the example of Tauchnitz, a Leipzig publishing firm that had been producing inexpensive and paper-bound English-language reprints for the continental market, Albatross set out to streamline and modernize the paperback format.
The books in the series were produced in a new standard size, 181 x 111 mm, which approximated the aesthetically pleasing proportions known as the Golden Ratio. They used new sans-serif fonts developed by Stanley Morison among others, and were color-coded by genre, with green for travel, orange for fiction, and so on. The series was so successful that Albatross soon purchased Tauchnitz, giving itself an instant 100-year heritage.
The outbreak of World War II brought the Albatross experiment to a halt, but by then Allen Lane had adopted many of Albatross' ideas, including the standard size, the idea of covers using typography and logo but no illustrations, and the use of color coding by type of content, for Penguin Books. Lane later hired Kurt Enoch, co-founder of Albatross Books, to manage Penguin's American branch.
- Lise Jaillant, Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers' Series and the Avant-Garde, Edinburgh University Press, 2017.
- Alistair McCleery, "Tauchnitz and Albatross: A 'Community of Interests' in English-Language Paperback Publishing, 1934–51", in: The Library, Volume 7, Issue 3, 1 September 2006, pp. 297–316.
- Nicole Matthews and Nickianne Moody, eds., Judging a Book by Its Cover: Fans, Publishers, Designers, and the Marketing of Fiction. Aldershot, Hampshire, Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2007.
- Michele K. Troy, "Behind the Scenes at the Albatross Press: A Modern Press for Modern Times", in: John Spiers, ed., The Culture of the Publisher’s Series, Volume One: Authors, Publishers and Taste, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Michele K. Troy, Strange Bird: The Albatross Press and the Third Reich. Yale University Press, 2017.
- Albatross Modern Continental Library - Book Series Checklist, publishinghistory.com.