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Subject: Have you seen these? Taller paperbacks?
Date Posted: 9/14/2007 2:49 PM ET
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So I was perusing the book aisle at Kmart the other day.  They had these new odd-size paperbacks.  They were the standared width and thickness of regular mass market paperbacks. But the height of trade size paperbacks.  I forget what authors they were.  I think some Nora Robers and Catherine Coulter reissue type books. But I just thought the size was odd.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 3:41 PM ET
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They cost more too; personally its just another way to get more $$$ from us.  I may pick these up, or trade sized at my UBS, but not at a regular retailer. 

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 5:54 PM ET
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I agree with you DeeDee, these books cost more.  It is just another way to relieve us of our money.  Supposedly, they are easier tohold, less words on the page or some such nonsense like that.  I'm a big romance and cozy reader.  I don't notice too many in these genres in that weird size, but a lot of the mainstream books are appearing in this new format.  I hope it doesn't go global.  LOL

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 6:36 PM ET
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I've noticed some newer Sandra Brown books that're issued that way.  An inch or so taller than a regular paperback.  I think it's odd.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 6:56 PM ET
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They kind of annoy me -- I think they're just a way to up the prices too.  If I want a larger pb, I'll get the trade size!  Otherwise it's nice to have the regular mass market size 'cos they're so easy to take along with you (and fit on my overloaded bookshelves, but that's a separate issue ;)  ).   The tall ones aren't as likely to tuck into purses.

And longer but not wider just seems weird, more like reading a grocery list than a novel!

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 7:43 PM ET
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I hate the prices but I did read a harlequn Next tall and found it a bit easier to hold and the way the print was centered on the page.not going out of my way to get buy them new like that though!

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 8:14 AM ET
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I hold a paperback one handed most of the time, and those taller books tend to put a strain on my hand...I'll read them if I have to, but I don't really like them.

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 9:51 AM ET
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I don't like them either ,and defintely will not pay more for it. THey are no ergonomic at all...very stressful on the hands over a long period of time.

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Date Posted: 9/15/2007 9:50 PM ET
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I hate them!  I hate that they cost $9.99 and I don't think they are easier to hold/handle. 

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 6:45 PM ET
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They also might not fit into PBS wrappers very well!

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 4:10 PM ET
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They don't fit well into the PBS wrappers. I just had one that was a mystery that I sent out. I ended up putting it in an envelope to mail and it just barely fit. I didn't read it but I would imagine it would be killer on the hands and wrists because of the size. The smaller paperbacks are more balanced and comfortable.