Yes! The 5 Centimeters per Second novel has finally arrived from YesAsia after much waiting and trying out many ways to get it. I was expecting one of those smooth covers judging by the image retailers have up on their sites but, the cover outside the hardback book is actually a rough one.
The book is bigger than the other regular paperback Japanese novels I have but is also about twice the price. 1300 Yen (US$12) instead of 500 Yen (US$5). I guess it's kind of expected from a hardback book. Its size is roughly about the same as a regular Western novel over here. Paper quality also feels more durable.
For those of you who can read Japanese (or at least a Sino language that helps you guess the meaning), I didn't buy that small blue novel. A penpal gave it to me and is a romance about a girl who falls in love with a deaf artist. It was made into a popular J-drama I heard.
As much as I want to read the novel right now, I can't because I've still got a few exams lined up and really have to be studying for them. What I did do was give it a quick flip through and found it doesn't have any sketches along side the text, unlike in the serialised version published in Da Vinci a while ago. I don't mind about that since it's the story I'm after and will be looking forward to it.
I don't know why regular Japanese novels are made small. Maybe they like to make them compact to save space in the house or so it's easier to travel around with?