Friday, March 13, 2009

Wow! Wake is a BIG book!

It's always an especially satisfying moment when an author adds a new book to his or her brag shelf -- and I just did that with my first copy of Wake, and had quite a surprise! It's bigger (taller and wider) than any previous hardcover by me.

My previous novel hardcovers were all 8.5" by 5.75", but Wake is 9.25" by 6.25" -- three-quarters of an inch taller and half an inch wider.

The interior type (beautifully designed, by the way) is large, with good leading; it's extremely readable.

Just yesterday, I received an email from a reader complaining about the general trend toward smaller type in books (to save printing costs by reducing page counts), and my 84-year-old father (an avid reader) was decrying that same thing a week ago. But there are no such concerns with Wake.

Size comparison: Wake and my immediately preceding Ace hardcover, Illegal Alien, which came out 12 years ago. It's been a great homecoming!

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At March 13, 2009 9:51 PM , Blogger Annie said...

I'm thrilled that WAKE has bigger text...a story about a blind girl shouldn't make everyone squint...

At March 14, 2009 9:05 PM , Blogger Larry Hodges said...

I'm also one of those people who can't stand small print. I've got a couple dozen books on my shelves that I've started and given up on because they hurt my eyes after a few dozen or less pages. Plus I read larger print much, much faster. The larger print in "Wake" means that when I get my copy at the World SF Con, I'll be able to practically inhale it. (Looking forward to also getting "The Savage Humanists" there.)


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