Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Only a bibliophile may care, but. . .

The New York Times has a interesting piece today about the increasing presence of the paperback original in the world of literary fiction.

I have mixed feelings on the trend. I'm in favor of anything that helps good writing find its audience, but I have to admit that there are few things as appealing as a well-made hardcover. (Hell, I even hate those "deluxe paperbacks" whose covers are made in an imitation of a hardcover dustjacket. It seems like a waste of paper, and even more annoying, I've found that they're more prone than most regular paperback covers to curling as they age or when exposed to humidity.)

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