I really wish the publishers would offer a choice option between hardback and paperback...
1. I have all the books in paperback, along comes a hardback twice the size which doesn't fit with the rest on the shelf.
2. On a more problematic issue...do they ever consider that people with varying medical conditions - ME being one such person - find hardbacks very heavy and very difficult to hold, and whilst kindle is a great option, nothing actually replaces having a copy of the book!
It takes months for the paperback to come out which means you either have to buy it on kindle to read so you don't have to wait, and then pay again for the paperback copy to add to your collection, ie the publishers and Ms Gabaldon are getting paid twice! Sorry, but thats not fair!
Publishers should start asking around hospitals, surgeries, care homes etc and find out just how many people would prefer to have the option of a lighter weight paperback than a hardback, I think they'd be surprised!
And after all, publishing in hardback is only an excuse to charge more for the book anyway!!!!