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These seem like they would be unbelievably tiring to actually hold and read (horizontally.) What's the advantage supposed to be over the mentioned Pocket Books short newsstand paperback format? Why can't we just have those back, and with them 500+ page books being published as multiple volumes? I've always been an objector to the growth of massive softcovers; I thought they were an excuse to increase unit cost.

They really aren't tiring, though. They actually work quite well, although I doubt that they will really catch on given the competition with ebooks (which can be read on a phone for similar competition in regard to portability). As for the old "Pocket Books", I remember those from growing up but always thought the name was a bit silly because, while smaller than a hardcover, there was no way those books could fit in a pocket. For what it's worth, these tiny books do.

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