October 11, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

This fall, publishers are straining readers’ eyes — and back muscles — with a number of weighty 700-plus-page bios. ”These are big books about big lives,” says Simon & Schuster’s Cary Goldstein. Sure, the most definitive ones will earn their bookshelf real estate. But given their massive size and heft, you may want to consider scrolling through these on an e-reader, if you’ve got one.

The Kid, 864 pages
Wilson A. Scottberg, 832 pages
Fosse, 736 pages
A Double Life, 960 pages
Salinger, 720 pages
The Beatles: All These Years, 944 pages
A Life of Barbara Stanwyck, 1,056 pages

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