because they are gorgeous: textured covers, clear printing, thick paper and drawings of the authors on the back flaps. Obviously a great deal of loving care has gone into making these books and, as a result, they are little gems.
There is something exquisite and exciting about a small book. Maybe it is some reversion to childhood, and a vague memory of being given such a thing as a prize. They fit in the hand, and there is the promise that here is something that will be short and sweet and easily assimilated. As it says in this excerpt from the Sunday Telegraph...
('...handsome editions designed to be read during along lunch hour or a single train journey.')
It is a fusion of old world charm and today's lifestyle perhaps, a taste of a charmed, remembered time - and then we rush on.