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Weird News Why Are Hardcover Books Published Before Paperbacks?

18:06  03 march  2020
18:06  03 march  2020 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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Paperbacks are more popular with readers, but they're rarely the first version of a book that gets published . Paperbacks revolutionized American reading habits when they first appeared in the 1930s. The softcover "pocket books " were cheaper to print, cheaper to buy, and easier to transport

Why are hardcover editions of books often released before the paperbacks are available? Publishers want ebook prices to remain at a sustainable level. When mass market paperbacks , in particular, are more or less extinct, the ebook of that type of material will have to support all of the

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Paperbacks revolutionized American reading habits when they first appeared in the 1930s. The softcover "pocket books" were cheaper to print, cheaper to buy, and easier to transport than the bulky hardcovers that had previously dominated bookstores. By 1960, paperbacks were the preferred book format of readers.

Despite their popularity, it's still impossible to find paperback versions of many new books when they debut. It's a common practice among publishers to release new titles as hardcovers and publish the paperback edition about a year after the initial print run. People who do their reading at the beach or on the subway may not be happy about it, but the financial benefits of this model mean it likely isn't going away any time soon

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Publishers determine how a book will be released based on what the market will bear. Generally, books that the publisher think will sell well with people willing to spend the money on a hardcover would get that treatment first. Why are books published in hard copies?

People buy hardcover versions of books for two main reasons: They plan on reading the book cover to cover , and they will keep the book for life. However, hardcovers are usually prettier to look at. The cover is glossy, the paper quality is comparatively better than the paperbacks and the pages

"While a hardcover book is more expensive to print than a paperback, the publisher does traditionally make more money on that edition, allowing them to earn back the author's advance and the costs they incurred for printing, shipping, marketing, and distribution," Dinah Dunn, a partner at the book packager Indelible Editions, tells Mental Floss.

Hardcovers may be more expensive to produce than paperbacks, but they still cost just a few dollars to print. Publishers can then sell them for upwards of $30 and rake in enormous profits.

Cheaper paperbacks are more popular with consumers, accounting for roughly 80 percent of all print book sales, but when a book is still new, sellers can count on certain readers to pay more for the hardback. "An author's fans are willing to pay the higher price in order to get the book when it is first published," Dunn says.

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Self- publishing in Paperback or Hardback. Considering Alternate Ways to Read. A hardcover book is bound with a thick cover that protects the internal pages well because they cannot be bent outside the cover . If you read a lot, hardcovers are better, because paperbacks aren 't quite as durable.

Should paperback / hardcover books come with a free ebook? And these may not even be subjects I like or authors I have heard before . Why are books by famous authors so much more expensive as e- books when they cost the same as paperbacks ? It isn’t cheap, but hard cover books cost around , and the same book in the kindle version is .99.

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The fact that it's the only print option for the first months of a book's life isn't the format's only appeal. While paperbacks have lost much of the stigma once attached to them, they still can't match the built-in importance of a hefty hardcover. "There is also a level of prestige attached to a hardcover versus a paperback, as it [shows] a commitment by the publisher to the work," Dunn says. "Hardcovers are also more often reviewed and considered for awards and are more often ordered by libraries." Hardcovers have a more commanding visual presence as well, and they're easier for bookstores to display.

After sitting out a book's initial print run, paperbacks do ultimately benefit from arriving late to the party—as do publishers and booksellers. Releasing the paperback edition a year after a book debuts is an excuse for another big publication event. That means publishers can drum up fresh excitement around a title around the time that sales are usually starting to peter out. Frugal, practical readers eventually get to buy their preferred version of the book, but only after the hardcover has been milked for as much revenue as possible.

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Claire Bretécher has contributed as much to the drawing as to the way of telling .
© Supplied by Slate Claire Bretécher on Antenna 2, November 10, 1987. | Georges Bendrihem / AFP Claire Bretécher is first and foremost a long corridor filled with books. This corridor is that of my parents' apartment when I was a child. All along a wall, dozens, hundreds of works of all sizes and all thicknesses kept us company. Among them, protruding from one of the high shelves, large white albums with cardboard covers.

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