|Erik Mona Chief Creative Officer, Publisher
Given the choice I'd prefer a pocket edition of lore books to a pocket edition of rules references. Rules I can reference with the internet easily, but I want to sit down and read lore sections for both the information and the tone of the writing, so a check on the wiki doesn't really convey what I want. And if it's something I sit down and read more than a couple of times, I want a physical copy that is easy to carry around. It's not a big issue, the lost omens books aren't too big as is, but I'd absolutely buy a pocket edition.
I think for most people lore/setting books sit on a shelf and are referenced when writing adventures or creating new characters rather than taking them to games (for the most part) - when running starfinder for example, I don't think I ever opened the pact worlds book at the gaming table. So I guess it depends on whether it is economically sound (and it has to be more than economically sound, it has to be better than other products they could make instead) to make pocket editions for books that less people are likely to need in pocket editions.
NOT sorry to revive this as I hope we can build an interest in this as well. As much as I enjoy the lore inside the hardcover books, it is a lot of work to bring my hardcover library to a game session. I would so mush prefer to bring the pocket editions, especially any Lost Omens books that have character development lore (feats, spells, archetypes, etc.). Add me to that list of those wanting more pocket editions