Is it just me, or are some paper books more difficult to read than paper books used to be? I realise I'm getting older and my eyesight isn't what it was, but I find I struggle to read many 'new' books I've recently bought. I just bought a large history book, book Two of the Overland West series by Will Bagley. It came yesterday, and I sat down to read it. Difficult. After rubbing my eyes, trying a different angle, changing my glasses ...still no real joy. Just for comparison, I also took out my copy (similar size and subject) of Lamar's New Encyclopedia of the American West, which I've had for years. That's a huge tome, with very tiny print. Tinier than the print in the Bagley book. However, I discovered I could still read it, no bother. I compared the two, side by side, and discovered that the new book is printed on a creamy/buttery-coloured paper and the print is grey, rather than black. Even though the font size is bigger, it's much harder to read. The Encyclopedia is printed on a whiter paper stock, and the print is definitely black. I picked up a few other books I've got lying around, and discovered the same thing. Cream coloured paper with grey printing is VERY hard to read, as opposed to the more traditional white page with black print. I'm not sure what the fashion for yellowy paper and grey print is coming from, but I wish it would stop. Maybe the grey print is cheaper to produce because it uses less ink? And the yellow paper is cheaper to produce because it's not as refined? Dunno. But I'm really appreciating my Kindle at the moment.