Monday, July 27, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Mass-Market Paperbacks


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Should we buy buying/making mass-market paperbacks?

So if you don't know, mass-market paperbacks are basically smaller, cheaper paperbacks that are of less quality than regular paperbacks. They're usually how classics and older books are formatted.

My main problem with them is that they're not very pretty and since they're smaller and their print is usually smudged they're a lot harder to read. Mass-market paperbacks also don't smell as good a regular books even if they're new, but that's just me being weird so....

Of course they are a bit cheaper, but not usually by much. Most of them are 5 to 8 US dollars which is maybe a few dollars cheaper than the normal 7 to 10 dollars for a regular paperback.

This wouldn't be that much of a problem, slightly cheaper books for less quality. Whatever. My problem is that there are a lot of books I want to read that I can't get in paperback or hardcover because they just don't sell those. The main example would be the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson that is almost impossible to get in the US not in mass-market paperback, and I REALLY hate reading mass-market paperback books.

Also, most of the books I'm required to read for school only come in mass-market paperback as well, which makes it extremely difficult to, you know, take notes. Or anything really, because the margins and pages are so tiny.

It is sometimes possible to get classics/older books in paperback, but they end up being around $25 to $30...which is ridiculous for a PAPERBACK.

I'm pretty much all for getting rid of mass-market paperbacks because while they are a bit cheaper, they're of horrible quality and they're bad in general..... It would at least be nice if books were offered in both formats, so I can get my pretty paperbacks and not have to deal with the horribleness that is this format.

What do you think? Do you mind reading mass-market paperbacks? Should we even be making them? Do you think because they're slightly cheaper that they're worth being of a lesser quality?

Thanks for reading!

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