I want my books small and pretty

October 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

I like to read books in bed — lying down while holding the book up.  My books can’t therefore be huge and heavy:  100-200 pages maximum.  That should be enough to say almost anything that needs to be said — realizing which Europeans (and Japanese) tend to write short novels; unlike the Anglos who write — and sell — by the pound:  the deal (“dollars per pound”) counts more than the real thing (reading comfort).  But if the author insists on talking away, if the work absolutely must be fat, it should better be split in several volumes — why, why not even ten, if that’s what it takes to keep each small — books used to be published that way in the 19th century; Ruch still used to publish novels that way back in the 70’s.

I want my books small and pretty.  What’s wrong with decent binding, cream paper, good, clear font and occasional illustration?  This is what I will do in my press.

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