Back in 2004 or early 2005 (I’m too lazy to look it up) I said I had on good authority that publishers were going to phase out mass market paperbacks. A few people read that and were upset by it and hoped it wasn’t true. Well, guys, I guess it wasn’t.
But I did read an article that said mass market pbks were going to be a different size. A little larger. So maybe that’s what my impeccable source heard and managed to screw it up in the telling.
The reason I know I was wrong is because my own book, This Dame for Hire, will be published in June/July in mass market. I’m glad about that. I have to confess I wouldn’t pay 12 to 14 dollars for a trade paperback mystery unless that was the only version published. In fact, I never buy any book in tpk unless it’s the only version available. I love the way they look and feel and, as stated before, I wish all books were published this way instead of in hardcover. But I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon. I didn’t get that from any source, it’s only what I believe.