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Thursday, March 27th 2008

7:40 PM

BTT: Cover-Up

  • Music: BACK DOOR by Chihiro Onitsuka

This week’s question comes from Julie, who asks:
While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?

The design of a book generally doesn't matter to me. But there was one instance that I was annoyed by a new format for a paperback from a series that I follow. If you're an avid romance novel reader you may have seen this format already. I one saw a Nora Roberts title in this format maybe a year ago. This paperback is slightly taller than the regular one and on the front cover it says: "Specifically designed for comfortable reading". Funny, I wasn't more comfortable reading it compared to the regular paperback. The other thing that bothered me about it was the price which was about $10. Why not just make it into a hardcover? I'm glad though that the new format hasn't been popular because I haven't seen it at Walmart.

1 Comment(s).

Posted by sya:

That new size is called the "premium paperback". I don't think it's really easier to read--it's just something new the publishers have put out to boost slumping mass market paperback sales.
Thursday, March 27th 2008 @ 9:05 PM