They say size doesn’t matter, but I do have questions. I want your opinion about the size of books. What? Hey! Get your mind out of the gutter! ;)
Both The Fireborn and Seasons of Imagination are printed at 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ (see photo at top of page for how big that is). It seems to be a great compromise. But then, I do see a lot of books at 6″ by 9″. In fact, 6″ x 9″ seems to be the most popular size in self-publishing, though I do have a few tradition published books in that size. And it isn’t a huge difference. The smaller size seems to be easier to take with you when going to the beach or whatever, but reading them, I don’t see a lot of difference. Well, you do get more text per page with the larger, so less page-turning. But I don’t really notice while reading.
There are actually a lot of smaller sizes. I have a whole shelf full of traditionally published books that are 5 1/4″ by 8″. And the old-fashioned paper back is even smaller – 90% of the paperbacks I have that are more than 10 years old are 4 1/4″ by 7″. That, to me, is too small, but it was a very popular size for a long time. On the bigger side almost every computer book I have (30 or more) are 7 1/4″ by 9 1/4″.
What are your opinions about the size of books? Does it make a difference to you?