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Old 11-01-2018, 10:39 AM   #1
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Tiny Books vs Ebooks

In an amusing case of paper books imitating technology, this from the New York Times today:

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This month, Dutton, which is part of Penguin Random House, began releasing its first batch of mini books, with four reissued novels by the best-selling young-adult novelist John Green. The tiny editions are the size of a cellphone and no thicker than your thumb, with paper as thin as onion skin. They can be read with one hand — the text flows horizontally, and you can flip the pages upward, like swiping a smartphone.
The books are indeed tiny and remind me of my pre-1930 hardcover editions in size. But the text direction is a whole new ballgame.

You can read the story HERE.
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:40 PM   #2
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In an amusing case of paper books imitating technology, this from the New York Times today:



The books are indeed tiny and remind me of my pre-1930 hardcover editions in size. But the text direction is a whole new ballgame.
But can you change the font size?
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Yes you can. You have to use an addon though. My favorite is the magnifying app.
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:31 PM   #4
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I'd prefer a trend back to pocket sized books that you read as normal, not something as asinine as a flip book that you read vertically.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:29 PM   #11
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There was an edition of _Minority Report_ I think it was so bound --- a bit larger though, and normal paper.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:34 PM   #12
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There was an edition of _Minority Report_ I think it was so bound --- a bit larger though, and normal paper.
I read that version from the library. I assumed it was meant to be laid out like a detective's notebook.
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I'd prefer a trend back to pocket sized books that you read as normal, not something as asinine as a flip book that you read vertically.
Same - I'd be happy if more books came out as MMPBs instead of heavy, expensive trade paperbacks. This thing seems like a bit of a recycled novelty flash-in-the-pan.
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I actually have several collections of mini books and I have to say, i do like them. By mini, I mean fit in the palm of your hand.

I remember my grandfather had a very thick red dictionary that fit in the palm of your hand and you needed an included magnifying glass to read it.
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I remember my grandfather had a very thick red dictionary that fit in the palm of your hand and you needed an included magnifying glass to read it.
Reminds me of the miniature edition of the Orange Catholic Bible in Dune.
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