1. If, when I open a novel to a random page, the first sentence I see is "O bitterness, failure and despair!", then I may be led to feel a certain concern about the quality of the reading experience that is to ensue.
2. I am aware that publishers need to economize, but it does not therefore follow that academic books should appear in what looks like a ten-point font. My optometrist may thank you; I, however, will not.