And for many of us, at least some of the time, physical appearance implies character and value — an issue Annette explores in Woman of Substance, in which her female protagonist is at the same time Robbie, a slim graduate student, and Robin, a woman who shops at the plus-sized boutique. (The plot thickens when Robbie and Robin meet the same men — Frank Proctor, and his grandson, Jake.. No spoilers; read the book! And drop by tomorrow, when Annette visits Latitude Drifts to discuss her latest novel.)
I wonder about the degree to which readers — and writers — judge books by their appearance, too. By genre: literary, vs romance. And if not by their covers, by publishing formats.
E-books vs paper books. Do eyes still slide away from novels that live in e-libraries, not on bookshelves? If there is a publishing hierarchy, how long can it last with the quick purchase and reading convenience of electronic readers? And the reading enjoyment of books like Woman of Substance, a well-written and wise novel?