Man of Steel wrote:
I just hope Pocket decides not to release Trek books in the new Premium editions which cell for $9.99 as the new format is horrible. You can't fit into your pocket anymore. Why publishers decided on this new format is beyond me. Simply, simply horrendous.
There are two reasons publishers are moving towards the new format: First, the book-buying crowd is getting older. Older people start to appreciate bigger type, so the impetus for taller books is to use a larger typeface for us old-timers, who are the ones who still buy books. The reason the books are no wider, and only taller, is that publishers and distributors don't want to have to replace the hundreds of thousands of paperback book racks already installed at grocery & drug store checkstands across the US and Canada. These racks can accomodate taller books, but not wider books.
Thus, the ugly new format was born out of cheapness coupled with our vain reluctance to buy reading glasses...