Now that that's done, let's wave an even happier good-bye to something else. Mass Market Paperback sales are on the decline. The New York Times chalks this up to less impulse buying and more ebook sales--that is to say, many people who would buy Mass Market now by ebook.
In completing my reading list for YA Realism, I've encountered a lot of Mass Market books from the local library, a format which I hadn't encountered in a long time. Most of them have incredibly cramped text, yellowing pages and fraying spines. Maybe this is a sign that a book has been well-travelled, but it also makes it difficult to read and immediately (if unfairly) turns me off of the book.
I have no qualms about this disappearance. I'd much prefer to have an ebook where I can pay the same $6 price, enlarge the text and not feel like the book is about to slam shut from size or fall apart every time I turn a page. I want my hardcopy books to be fit for display, a collection of sorts. I think the disappearance of Mass Market will provide ebooks a niche in the market that won't require the disappearance of other types of print books, and I think it's a perfect compromise.
What about you? Do you read Mass Market Paperbacks?