Fishing for Answers: Which One Do You Like Best?

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Sometimes an author has questions, and the best person to answer them is YOU. I am eager to hear your thoughts through the poll and comments below!

The Question:

What paperback size do you prefer?

The reason I ask is because I’m considering what dimensions my finished V.Chronicles novel should be. I’ve heard complaints about some books being too big to carry around, and some about being too small to read. So, I’m curious what you feel the perfect size for a book is:

Do you like the small easy-to-carry 5″ x 7.8″ size?
Or the easy to read 5.5″ x 8″ or bigger 6″ x 9″ sizes?

Vote, then discuss your opinion in the comments! 🙂

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28 thoughts on “Fishing for Answers: Which One Do You Like Best?

  1. I couldn’t decide… so I went with the middle option. *lol* I like all paperback sizes, tbh. But make sure you take the manuscript’s word count into consideration. Smaller page sizes can sometimes lead to more pages overall.

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    • It’s good to be flexible! My shelves are stuffed with all sorts of sizes, and I like most of them. The only ones that bother me are those with words too small or cramped together to read easily.
      Yes, that’s true. I’ll get into page count details once I’m further along; it’s definitely important to keep in mind, I agree.
      I’m just curious what sizes other readers besides myself like. 🙂

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  2. I generally go for the average paperback size. Travel ability is important to me. I agree that the trade paperback is easier to read, but they tend to get beat up more at my house and if I’m going to have a book that big I’d rather have a hardcover. Just my personal preference.

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    • Good points you brought up about travel ability, Alina. That would be the reason I’d consider making a smaller sized paperback. Myself I prefer the middle, but I’d like to make a smaller size available too.

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    • I had in mind an 11 or 12 font size and 470 pages, which is thick. It might be difficult to read as a mass market size, but then again, I’ve read the mass market size Going Postal and had no problem with it. I agree the trend feels like it’s leaning more towards trade size. I wonder if that’s because most self-published books are trade size?

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  3. When it comes to paperback, I don’t have a preference. My biggest thing is that I really don’t like hardcovers–too big and bulky to transport. But my bookshelf is such a mosaic of different-sized books and colours and there are some hardcovers scattered among the rest ;P
    It’s a good question 🙂

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    • Yes, I’m thinking a paperback that’s somewhat smaller than the hardcover and easy to read would be best, so probably the middle option. Do you think the middle size would be okay for transport?
      I like a good mosaic bookshelf! 🙂 Mine are quite a mess, haha. I need to reorganize.
      Thanks for commenting, Faith. 🙂

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      • I could make do with the middle-size I think. I love things small and compact, but then it can become hefty width wise. I guess each has its pros and cons 😛
        I should post a photo of my bookshelves. They’re reenacting the twister scene from Wizard of Oz at the moment…
        Hope you’re having a good week 🙂


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