We're always told size doesn't matter. But it does! No *stern look* ...get your mind out of the gutter! This is not about what you think it is about. It is, in fact, about book size! As in hardback (HB) versus trade paperback (TP) versus mass market paperback (MMP) and the age old question: should you mix-and-match within a series? (Notice I said 'should'...as it's kind of obvious that you 'could' indeed do so if that was your inclination *grin*)
I'm firmly OFF the fence on this one: books within a series should be the same size. I get the collywobbles just thinking about a hardback mixed in with a paperback! Why? Because it's just.... *splutters* wrong! This 'wrongness' was one of the reasons why I didn't purchase Lover Avenged when it was released - I have all of the earlier books in MMP format and a HB would stick out like a sore thumb! The other reason? Cost. Saying that, I have purchased books in HB format before (e.g. the Harry Potter books) - so I'm not against the format per say. (And before you ask, yes I bought ALL seven book in HB format...and with the same covers...) I will freely admit that for some people size doesn't matter and I have no problem with that. Honest I don't. My size policy applies only to me *grin* But what happens when it's all but impossible to keep the size rule... What do you do? *cue scary music*
After reading/devouring the first two books in Sarah Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinth series (Mélusine and The Virtu) I have been determined to purchase the series. The problem is that the first and third books are available in MMP format, the third and fourth books are available in HB format (the fourth book - Corambis has just been published)...but the second book is to all intents and purposes out of print! Oh the horror! (And no, I'm not joking.) There are a few HB copies of The Virtu floating around, and I think *crossing fingers madly* I may have been able to source a copy, but the MMP copies are like hens' teeth! If I do end up with an HB copy of The Virtu, then I will just need to ensure I find the others in HB format, particularly Mélusine...because the thought of having a book missing or a book in a different size....I don't know which is worse!
So, does size matter to you and if so, how far do you take it? What about covers and/or editions? Do they need to be the same? And if you don't think size matters, do you think those of us that do think so are completely mad?