A asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 9 months ago

Why might a hardcover book not get released in paperback?

More often than not, a book that is released in hardcover often appears in paperback around a year later. But I've noticed that some titles - admittedly, often comparatively obscure ones - do not get issued in a paperback format.

Is this simply because the hardcover edition didn't sell particularly well? 

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  • 9 months ago

    If there is no demand for a second print run on the hardcover, it won't get redone as a paperback or tradeback.

  • Zac Z
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Some HC editions are collector editions that are never meant to be followed by paperbacks.

    Some publishers apparently specialize in beautiful, but exclusive editions. I think Subterranean Press and Night Shade Books only do HCs; the same for the Science Fiction Book Club. These titles might be released as paperbacks by other publishers after some time, or not at all*.

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    * I'm still waiting for affordable editions of Karl Edward Wagner's Kane stories; there were two collections by Night Shade that collected all novels and stories. They were published in HC only, now almost 20 years ago. They were expensive back then but sell for completely ludicrous prices now. Alas, they were never reissued.

  • 9 months ago

    It all depends on how bad the book is. If you study the situation closely, as I have, you'll notice that only bad books get issued in paperback form. This is because people tend to throw bad books away - a sort of reflex action, as it were - and paperbacks, being softer, do less damage when they hit a person. Believe me, I know.

  • martin
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Yes. A good selling hardbound book will eventually come out in paperback.

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