Thursday, February 11, 2010

Another entry in the why the Kindle may a good thing fight

Here is an argument for the Kindle I haven't seen. Henry Farrell talks about the economics of the book industry which leads to standardization of book sizes. Essentially, for production reasons, book sizes have to fall in a certain range. His thinking this lies at the root of the flabby book problem. He indicates that hereads a lot of books that are expansions of journal or magazine articles and these books really are flabby. They just restate the argument and add some more examples.

Overall all though, I think that most good, and that is an important distinction, books are about the length they should be. Having a device that would make it easier for books to find their natural length sounds good, but I would just like more good books, thanks.

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