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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Lengths - A Wondering

Welcome back to those who follow regularly and a huge welcome to anyone knew who has stumbled across my blog. I'm not sure if you all have noticed, but it seems that novels are being compressed. Am I just imagining it? Every time I go into a bookstore, which let's face it, is ALL THE TIME, I see books that I own in smaller, compressed editions.

Is this a new trend in publishing or are smaller books easier to read? I know that when I read a book, I love it to have lots of pages. Yes, it can get heavy if you sit with it for hours and your wrist might start to ache, but isn't that part of the reading experience? It is for me. I know when the Harry Potter books were released, one thing that my friends and I always checked was how long the book was. How many pages of awesomeness did we have to enjoy?

And I don't know HOW they do it. I have held a traditional, bulkier book up against one of the new compressed books and they have the same number of pages, the text appears to be the same size and nothing seems to have been cut out so it makes me wonder if its a new way of binding the books that makes the pages sit closer together. I have to admit, this isn't hugely important in the grand scheme of the world, but it is something that I have noticed over the past year or so and it has made me curious.

In MY writing news; I've had a bit of a break from editing. I lost my mojo for a while but I think that today I will get back into it. Edit, edit, edit! Wish me luck!!

Hannah xx

1 comment:

  1. Hmm, I haven't noticed books being compressed. I'll have to be more observant next time I actually walk into a bookstore!