Book Formatting and How it Effects Your Reading
All books are formatted differently. There are so many factors, age range, publisher, font, text size, and these all effect the page count. And in a roundabout way they effect your reading speed, mostly on how long it will take you to read this one book. Here are some pictures I took of random books:
But take a look at this other adult novel:
Here is Diana Rowland's Legacy of the Demon, this is actually the one that has me dragging my feet because of its format. Super tiny text, super small line spacing, and it's really super long. I feel like it takes my twice my usual reading pace per page to read one page. And since it's been wayyy too long since I read this series, there's going to be a big added factor of confusion going on for me. I really do like this series, it was one of my faves when it first came out because it was so interesting and different. Dealing with police procedures, demon summonings, demon dealings...it's cool. But this format drives me batty! I know I could easily download the kindle book and up the font size but one thing I hate about the kindle is never really knowing how pages are left in the chapter? How many are left in the book? I can't see them. I can't feel them. This will obviously turn into a topic for another time!
Then you even need to factor in the differences from paperback to hardcover! Here are two more examples:
On the left you have The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones and on the right, The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes. It seems with hardcovers the line spacing is greatly increased and text size will depend on whether it's adult or YA. It seems most YA books have a larger font size (though I am sure I can easily find examples that disprove that) and adult books stick to the smaller size, but the line spacing is much more noticeable. With these I feel like my reading pace is just right. It doesn't take long at all to finish a page.
I'm guessing when you factor in page size (basically if we're dealing with hardcovers or paperbacks) that's where the text size and line spacing gets factored in to fit whatever amount is necessary. I never really understand how all that works. Are we striving to get the book to reach a certain page length? I know I could've taken lots more photos that will totally keep my mind frazzled. But I tried to keep this post somewhat short.
Basically I feel like with paperbacks and that super tiny text size with practically no line spacing, that run on for 500+ pages it takes me longer to read than it would, say a 500+ page hardcover. And if it's taking me longer to read a book just based on those factors I feel like I am failing--in some way--as a reader. I feel like my average length of time to read a book (with work factored in) runs 2-3 days. Usually like 2.5 or something. Of course depending on work load and what not this could always effect the length in a good or bad way.
But what about you guys? Do you feel like formatting effects your reading pace?