Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tiny books!

Since we're talking so much about reading this week, I thought you might be interested in this article.  In October, Dutton publishing released its batch of tiny books.  These 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."  This format originated in the Netherlands in 2009 as the "dwarsligger."

And while horizontally-oriented books are new to the US, tiny books are not.  In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry sent 120 million lightweight paperbacks to American troops fighting World War II.  Molly Manning's excellent When books went to war: the stories that helped us win World War II is an interesting read for history buffs and book lovers.

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