Wisden goes large
The new format is a result of regular requests from readers who find the small print difficult to read. But aficionados and collectors need not fear: the small size will be the main version, available in all the usual bookshops. Christopher Lane, Wisden's managing director, says: "We are definitely not canning the traditional format but a number of readers, particularly older ones, have said they find its small print hard to read. We are not trying to wean people off any traditions and are making no long-term plans. If people say they like it, I have little doubt we'll do it again."
The large format will be more expensive - £50 as against £38. And this is not a new idea. At a launch dinner in the early 1980s the late Robert Maxwell hinted at changing Wisden's format. The shock waves through the cricket-watching fraternity were enough to cause the owners - then Gray's of Cambridge - to withdraw his licence to publish the book.
The 2006 Almanack is a special edition for all England supporters, chronicling England's Ashes triumph. The cover features the two leading characters from the series, Shane Warne and Andrew Flintoff . Inside there are articles by Simon Barnes, Paul Hayward and Mark Taylor.
Edward Craig is deputy editor of The Wisden Cricketer