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Jan 12, 2018 10:05 AM

Advantage of hard cover

To all of you with extensive publishing experience, what is the advantage in publishing a book in hard cover?

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1. Jan 12, 2018 10:13 AM in response to: thestoryguy
Re: Advantage of hard cover

Some buyers prefer hardcover books over paperbacks. The more formats available, the broader the audience.

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2. Jan 12, 2018 10:14 AM in response to: thestoryguy
Re: Advantage of hard cover

There is a cache associated with hardcover that paperback just don't have.  Many people collect hardbound books.  I have several clients who offer their books in hardbound, signed, from their websites, at a slightly higher price.

 

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3. Jan 12, 2018 7:22 PM in response to: thestoryguy
Re: Advantage of hard cover

A hardcover is a more durable product (both cover and binding), and generally provides for more paper and finishing options than a perfect-bound paperback. All of these factors can result in a product that has a higher perceived value, and that is built to be treasured for years. This is naturally important for certain types of books and readers -- not so much for others.

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4. Jan 18, 2018 8:10 AM in response to: thestoryguy
Re: Advantage of hard cover

A hard cover costs more to produce, but also has a higher perceived value to the buyer (i.e. the buyer is willing to pay more.)  Many years go it was quite common for publishers to release the hardcover first to get sales from those who were willing to pay more (and were so eager they didn't want to wait for the cheaper paper version)  and then several months later release the trade paperback (typically same size, but paper cover.)  Then if the book was a bestseller, the mass market paperback would be released (cheap paper and binding, smaller type.)  Also libraries would typically want the more durable hardcover.

 

Nowadays the thinking is that it makes more sense to release both hardcover and trade ppb at the same time (tking advantage of reviews and publicity.)

 

Typically you'll sell far more books in ppb than hardcover, and for mny books publishers don't bother with hardcover.

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5. Jan 18, 2018 11:01 AM in response to: thestoryguy
Re: Advantage of hard cover

Ten heretofore unmentioned advantages of hard-cover books:

 

1. They're great for teaching correct posture and movement by balancing one on top of the head.

 

2. They can be used to prop up a corner of a sofa if the leg should break.

 

3. A stack of hard covers can be used to extend one's reach. One must exercise caution, however, as the height of the stack affects stability.

 

4. A bookcase full of hard cover books never fails to impress, even if the books' owner cannot read.

 

5. They can flatten CreateSpace paperback covers that curl.

 

6. In a pinch, a drummer can use one as a practice pad.

 

7. The interior can be hollowed out and used to stash valuables, porn, dope, etc.

 

8. They make a satisfying wham! sound when dropped on the floor, great for waking people up.

 

9. Short people and children can sit on them at the table.

 

10. They're more effective at stopping bullets.

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