Posted on 10/30/2018 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Dutton (a part of Penguin Random House) isn’t the first publisher to issue miniature books.

But these aren’t just shrunken versions of the full paperback.

They’re what the Dutch call dwarsliggers — small books whose pages flip up, not across, and whose paper is as thin as onion skin, according to the New York Times.

YA author John Green had seen them on a visit to the Netherlands and thus was more than open to the idea when a Dutton executive, who'd also admired them in person, pitched it to him.

The Times points out, though, that Green is the perfect candidate for this trial in another way: He has a passionate, extended, and young fan base, members of which are accustomed to swiping up on their smartphones anyway.

The dwarsligger versions of Green’s Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars will be sold for $12 each, or $48 for a boxed set.

Watch a dwarsligger in action and see comparisons on the New York Times’s website.

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