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I use Vellum to create both ebooks and paperback versions of the books I publish independently. (I currently have 18 published independently with 2 in the “hopper”.)

If you’ve ever wondered why independently published paperbacks cost so much it’s mainly a function of a third party site. Previously, it was CreateSpace for Amazon, now part of its KDP arm. The site dictates the minimum price; it’s the author’s call how much above that to charge. Previously, the 6 x 9 size was the most inexpensive one to produce. That doesn’t mean it’s reasonable, in my estimation. It’s all based on how large the book is. For example, Tapestry is a huge honkin’ book so it costs more to produce than one of my paranormal romances. (It’s priced at $14.99 for the paperback version.)

Vellum is offering a new size for paperbacks: a Mass Market size or 4.12 x 6.75. This makes it possible for an indie author to charge $7.99 for a paperback instead of $9.99 plus. I have been waiting for this for years and I’m thrilled it’s finally available.

I prefer the smaller size, but I’m curious what y’all think. If I could insert a poll I would, but my learning curve hasn’t extended that far on this new system I’m using. Could you let me know in the comments, please?

Which do you prefer – the 6 x 9 size or the Mass Market paperback size of 4.12 x 6.75 (the size of most paperbacks)?