If you read my profile, you will see that I’ve published a few books, myself, so I know how much effort goes into producing 600+ pages. Unfortunately for seniors, heavy hardcover books can leave you with sore fingers and achy shoulders, depending on the severity of your arthritis.
I’ve just returned from the library, and as I stood perusing the shelves, I realized that I was unconsciously bypassing thick books. I know—I could miss something really great. But there’s always Kindle if I see a book that looks like a MustRead. And, let’s face it, there’s lots of competition for readers among authors, and millions of books on the market.
Now, gift books are another matter, because they are frequently chosen by a well meaning adult child to give a parent on special occasions. Gift givers want to appear generous, so they are apt to choose thick books that will look good under the Christmas tree. Of course,as a recipient, I feel compelled to read these large volumes, employing various devices such as finding a place to prop up my knees to hold the book, or opening it flat on a table while I sit with elbows propped, fists against my cheek.
Naturally, if I am buying a book, I want to get my money’s worth, so I won’t spend $25 for 120 pages. It seems to me 300 or 400 pages is about right for my shoulders. So authors, don’t worry if you can’t come up with a sequel to War & Peace.