The Look, the Smell, and the Feel

The Look, the Smell, and the Feel

We love our eReaders, but I wager there are more than a few of us who still prefer the look, the smell, and the feel of a physical book in our hands. That is just one of several reasons all my bestselling stories are being released in large print.


In committing to such a task, I cannot help but reflect on the early days of my publishing career when selling print books was far more rewarding. The charts shown below, which are based on my book sales on Amazon alone from 2012 through 2018, depict the shift in my readers’ preferences.

With such a trend as this, why am I so excited about releasing my work in large print? Given that most of my stories are available in digital, audio, and regular print formats, I feel I would be remiss not to offer large print as well. That I can do so with so little trouble to myself is a bonus.

Paperbacks, in general, may never comprise a significant portion of my book sales. Large print, specifically, may never be in considerable demand. But just in case the market for the latter grows, I’ll be prepared.

In truth, if I only hear from one reader that having access to my stories in large print paperback is beneficial, I will be exceedingly happy because for every reader who shares his or her sentiments, there are at least a few more whose opinions, though unexpressed, are very much the same.

Look for this seal where P. O. Dixon paperback books are sold. 


Giveaway Time!

Comment below for a chance to win an eBook edition of my newly released book bundle: With a Love Like This. One winner will be chosen.

Hurry! The giveaway contest ends on Tuesday, May 7th. Best of luck!

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31 Responses to The Look, the Smell, and the Feel

  1. I much prefer books in hand but I also like my Kindle now. If given the choice though I will always take book in hand!

  2. Hi Pam! I have always loved “real” books! Around a dozen years ago, I found LP books were much easier on my eyes. I could read longer with less strain and in less than perfect light. The problem was finding books I wanted to read that were published in LP! About 6 years ago I bought an iPad which makes any book into large print! The brightness feature and the endless number of books held in my online libraries, make this the way to go for me at this point.

    Most importantly I want to say it is very considerate of you to offer your books in LP. It will be a blessing a portion of your readers, and I hope it will be a successful venture.

    • Thanks so much for your kind wishes, Barbara. I have an iPad too–a second generation. I can’t let it go even though Apple keeps releasing newer, better designs. It’s my preferred eReader, in fact. I’ll pick up a Kindle during those times when Amazon makes it almost impossible not to grab a KU membership at 99 cents for three months.

      As for LP, going forward I want all my new releases to include LP editions from the start. 🙂

  3. I seldom buy physical book copies nowadays unless it happened to be a keepsake or memorabilia that I have to get. And I’m running out of bookshelves to keep my books too which reminds me that I need to plan and purchase a big bookshelves to put them all in one place instead of in different rooms. Moreover since I don’t live in US, the price of books and shipping costs are pretty expensive so I have to be selective if I really want to get them. Which is why e-book is the way for me.

    But I like it that you design a slightly different back covers between the large print editions and normal ones, Pam. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  4. Hello Pam, I have just recently had the cataracts removed from my eyes. The world I see now, without glasses, is so phenomenal; the colours, so clear and crisp. As good as this gets, I have noticed that my eyes are strained by reading small print, so I would appreciate large print books. Thank you for the challenge that you have undertaken to make your books accessible to your readers who would benefit from books in large print.

    • I’m very happy for you, Christa, This is a long term effort which has affords the benefit of catching up with all characters while proofing. 🙂 Win-win!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like a great bundle! I have to say that I love reading in whatever form. I like being able to take my whole library when I travel with my kindle but I also like the feel and ability to find specific passages in the print versions.

  6. Large print books are wonderful for those of us whose eyesight gets worse as we age. I have always loved printed books but my shelves have run out of room to add any more except a select few to them. My husband was also an avid reader who never wanted to part with a book no matter what. I still have an attic full of books that I need to sort thru and find good homes for that I left in my Cleveland home when I moved to a smaller place in N. Charleston, SC. I also wanted to thank you for a chance to win your latest collection?

  7. Congratulations on the movement into large print. It it funny… NOT… that I now require readers to do the simplest things. So, I appreciate the larger print. My mother was an avid reader. And unlike susannebarrett’s husband [in the previous post], my father did build her the extra shelves. They were everywhere. She loved to read. When she died, there were over nine thousand books in her collection. Dad, bless his heart, sold them to a guy starting a used book store. I thought I could never use an ereader; I so loved the feel of holding a book. But then, when I retired I found a NOOK on sale and with my gift money and gift cards, I purchased it. I then got the kindle app [more user-friendly] and the rest is history. I love my NOOK as it is lightweight, the reading light, etc. My hands give out holding a heavy book. I also like it for the reasons susannebarrett listed. Funny how we change with the times and as the technology progresses. Thanks for this post and I wish you the best in your next ventures.

  8. Thank you Ms Dixon. I believe the large print is very helpful esp those with some trouble reading fine print…I know I soon maybe in need of it. I think it is thoughtful of you and authors to consider the fans who will need it so I salute such a move eventhough it maybe not popular at this time. Hopefully,the fans will recognize its value and like me as a collector, would consider buying it now in that way it can be enjoyed in the future (even if iur eyes troublesome)

    • You’re welcome. Fine print troubles, indeed. I used to wonder what all the fuss was about and now I am constantly asking who can possibly read such tiny print. 🙂

  9. I still prefer print books, though Kindle has made toting my library VERY easy. I can’t read a print book while rocking the baby to sleep. Can’t wait to read this bundle! Congrats!

  10. I worked as a bookseller on and off for ten years, during high school, college, and before and after graduate school. At the height of homeschooling our four now-grown kids, we had close to 3,000 books in our home. Now that 21 years of homeschooling are over, I’ve been slowly (and reluctantly) weeding out my books.

    But I admit to adoring my Kindle Paperwhite; I just received the new Paperwhite for Christmas with eight times the memory of my old Paperwhite which I had filled to capacity and beyond. I love having thousands of books in my pocket!! And my husband prefers the front-lit Paperwhite which turns off by itself to my old booklights which always glared in his eyes at 3:00 AM.

    I still love paper books, but I admit to buying mostly e-books for their cost, the lack of bookcase room (and my husband refuses to build me more!), and for the night-reading options.

    Thanks for your lovely post!!

    Susanne 🙂

    • Thank you, Susanne. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 3,000 books. Wow! I don’t have a Paperwhite–yet, but I’m always hearing good things about them. Maybe one day. 🙂

  11. I swore I would never get an eReader because I LOVE the smell and feel of a real book in my hands, but I broke down 6 years ago and bought a Kindle when I got tired of having to sit at my desk and read things at my computer. After sitting for work all day, I wanted to lie down to read!

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.

    • It’s my pleasure, Linda. eReaders have become indispensable. I think I have about five and none of them are ever charged when I need one for testing or a quick reading break. 🙁

  12. I commend you for having large print books. There is a demand for them and new readers will treasure your books. Kudos! Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Thanks, Eva. I’m hoping to satisfy that demand, recognizing the challenges. Indeed, there is one challenge I never even considered until recently reading about a significant reduction in the amount of paper for printing books. Hmm. 😉

      • I think there is always a market for print books. Ereaders are great on a trip since portability is useful for multiple books. Thanks for sharing and giveaway.

  13. I still love print books although I find most of my reading is now on the go so I read mostly ebooks since they are so much easier to carry. Congrats on your new release!

    • Thanks so much! I’m working on my next story in starts and stops. In the interim, I hoping readers who have yet to read one or more of the stories included in this new book bundle will take advantages of the savings. 🙂

  14. Thank you for the giveaway chance. I love reading eBooks since they take up less space but miss the feel of holding and satisfaction of closing the covers of a good book.

    • You’re welcome. Patricia. I find I am more engaged with a print book. With eBooks I am more prone to putting them aside. But the space requirements. I am in the process of organizing my office and wondering what to do with all of these books. 🙂

      • Know what you mean – I’ve given away many boxes of books (paper & hardbound) to various charities, shelters, hospitals but still have made a dent in my shelves!

  15. That is really cool that you are starting to release your books in Large Print and I am sure there are many readers who would find it helpful, it is just a matter of having them find your books. I know that my mother can’t read regular print books and is intimidated by eBooks so she prefers paper copies of Large Print Books and I am sure she is not alone. Hopefully many Large Print Austen Fans will come across your books and thank you for the giveaway as well.

    • Excellent points, Chelsea. Discoverability for my LP books will be a challenge. I’m thinking this is a long-term strategy. Fingers crossed. 🙂

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