The thing about TPBs is that bookstores prefer them to mass markets because of the higher price point. It's what they're stocking now. Mass markets are being crowded out on the shelves.
I've been expecting Pocket to transition Star Trek
fiction to the trade format for about five years now. The novel anthologies like Mirror Universe
and Myriad Universes
dipped the toe in the water. Now New Frontier
are in trade. I've wondered if Refugees
, Alan Dean Foster's new book, might be in trade as well.
If bookstores respond positively to trade format Star Trek
fiction, and if audiences support it by buying it, it's not inconceivable that we could see the mass market format phased out in the next few years.