i’m not enjoying…

the growth of the “premium-size” paperback book.

most folks, when you say “paperback,” think this:


that’s a traditional mass-market paperback. it’s around 4.25 by 6.75 inches. fits nicely on a shelf with other books of the same size, and it’s been around for about seventy years.

but publishers are now pushing a “premium” sized paperback – and the only thing that seems a premium is the price.

approximately the same width as a mass-market book, it’s three-quarters of an inch taller – and ten bucks. traditional mass-market books cost around eight.

somehow, paying more for a book that doesn’t fit on a shelf and sticks out of my pocket is rubbing me the wrong way.

and publishers that have embraced the “premium” format don’t offer mass-market copies of those books. this is completely understandable from a business standpoint – and rather vexing.

i buy paperbacks because they are cheap and portable – the same things that made them popular in the thirties. i guess cheap and portable don’t cut it anymore.

more hardbacks and eBooks for me, i guess.

quote of the day:

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” – Mark Twain


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