- Ink costs money.
- Paper costs money.
- Cover design/art costs money.
- Binding services costs money.
- Packing costs money.
- Delivery costs money.
- Shelf space costs money.
The reason I am taking us on this weird adventure is because a strange thought occurred to me. First, go look at the books on your shelf or at the bookstore. See all those "mighty tomes?" They're almost always at least an inch and a half thick.
That paper, and the ink, and the shelf space for it all costs money. More money per unit, in fact, in comparison to thinner books. With that in mind, I wonder if there will be soon a swing to less meaty books, in order to capitalize on the dwindling shelf space, and to save money on paper, ink, etc...
I wouldn't be surprised. After all, publishing is a business, and they need to cust costs and yet still manage to get their product out there. (Ebooks don't count in this, as they're not "on the shelves," so to speak.)
Just wondering what you all might think of this...