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Subject: I sure hope this isn't a trend
Date Posted: 3/11/2010 6:55 PM ET
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Stella Cameron has a new paranormal series coming out over the next 6 months.  The first is Out of Body.  I just got it from the library.  I am not sure I'm going to be able to read it.  What's the problem.  First, I'm pretty sure the type is smaller than in a normal paperback bot even worse, they have squished more lines per page.  A normal paperback has 30-21 lines per page.  This one has 35!  Because of those five extra lines, there's little room between each of the lines making the book really hard for me to read.  I sure hope this isn't a publisher's trend to save money.  If it is, I may have to give up reading paperback books. 



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Date Posted: 3/11/2010 8:48 PM ET
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I dislike MMPB for that reason.  Usually the type is so freaking small it's hard to read.  Gotta be a REALLY good book for me to read it.  On days when I have a headache, it's impossible to read that extra small type.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 2:18 AM ET
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I had to go puchase reading glasses (even though I already wear trifocals) at a higher magnification than I need so that I can continue to read a paperback book for more than four hours.  Usually I can read for that long with my regular glasses and then I need to switch to my reading glasses.  With this book, I started reading it with my reading glasses and it's already freaking my eyes out.  I think it's a big mistake to start making the font smaller and the spacing closer together on paperbacks.  They are bad enough as they are already.  If they are not careful, they will kill the paperback industry.  This alone might make me switch to an e-book reader just so I can increase the type size!

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 6:55 AM ET
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Yeah it's annoying.  Although I think I might be more disturbed by yet another author going Paranormal.  I mean does everyone have to write paranormal now? 

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 7:39 AM ET
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 I won't read them.  Period.  No interest in paranormals, whatsoever--especially in a romance. 

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 7:52 AM ET
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I tried reading an older romance a year or two ago and THAT print was teeny tiny! I don't notice it so much until I read an ebook where I enlarge the print or have just read a larger print or trade size paperback then try to read a mmp..it really stands out then!

I like some paranormals but don't think all my favorite authors need to make the change so to speak..I have a few series I enjoy and am still ticked sarah mccarty switched to so much paranormal since I liked her cowboys darn it.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 9:02 AM ET
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I like a paranormal every now and again but it's not my usual genre.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 10:39 AM ET
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I think they probably will print thicker mmps like that now just to use less paper.  Not that the paper they're using in new mmps these days is very good to begin with, but there was something I read recently - forget what, atm - but it had several more lines of text & the print was almost microscopic.  I thought my eyes were getting worse at first.  And my readers are practically migraine inducing as it is:P  I would hate to have to go to trades & HCs in everything, but I don't doubt that I'm going to end up having to buy everything in large print eventually anyway.  My eyesight sucks.

I mean does everyone have to write paranormal now?

I would almost prefer that to the trend toward the 50 book series:P



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Date Posted: 3/12/2010 10:56 AM ET
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I've noticed that type of tiny crammed in type is common in historical fiction.  The books tend to be longer and so to get them in a reasonable MMP size they reduce the font and cram more lines on each page.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 12:25 PM ET
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I have resigned myself to buying some LP copies of books that are not especially newer MMP.  Like LaVeryl Spencer.  Her paperbacks have type so small that I have just listed them all and I shop for LP at Amazon.  Even with my magnifing tools, I just give up.  Even some of the Trade paperbacks are printed with REALLY small type.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 12:39 PM ET
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All I can say is thank god for my library.  They are much more likely to purchase a book in a regular hard back or in a large type format than to purchase a paperback.  I can't imagine how many paperbacks would be on my multiple book shelves if I didn't have such a wonderful library. 

Oh...and don't forget an inter-L\library loan system that rocks.  I have been requesting a large print version of books I want to read through the inter-library system when my library doesn't have the large print version.  I just finished my third inter-library book in less than a month of requesting them. 

The other thing my library is doing that may push me into buying an e-reader is that they are joining Library 2go, an on-line e-book lending site. 

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 7:00 PM ET
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I can so relate!  I found myself chosing books from my TBR based on the font size.  Crazy!   But the books with super small print was difficult to read.   I too got reading glasses, and that helped a ton!   Costco sells 3 packs of high-quality reading glasses for only $18.  What a deal, and I now have reading glasses every where. :-)  

Also, if you are willing to buy new and pay a few bucks more, you can get some books in hard-back through doubleday bookclub.  They offer hard back on books that otherwise are MMPB only.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 7:26 PM ET
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What bothers me more than font size is

  • when the text, the left margin, starts way close to the inside of the book near the spine. You have to practically crack the spine open to get to the text.
  • and it could my old eyes, but in some books it seems like the print is fainter/lighter than in the past