Quick Answer: Why Are Books Released In Hardcover First?

Paperback books were more affordable and cheaper to produce, and many smaller-name books were released only as paperbacks first.

Find out exactly how much a book needs to sell to become a “bestseller.” But the major reason books come out as hardcovers first is because people buy them, in spite of their higher cost.

How long before a book is released in paperback?

Some publishers release the paperback a year after the hardback comes out, especially with popular mass-market books expected to have high sales. Hardbacks have much higher profit margins than paperbacks. Some publishers release the paperback six months after pub date.

Are hardcover books better than paperback?

Like cinema tickets, hardcover books generate more profit per unit than paperbacks. Hardbacks’ durability means they are also popular with libraries. And they hold a certain snob value, too: literary editors traditionally don’t review paperbacks. Once hardback sales have slowed, a paperback edition is released.

What is the point of hardback books?

A hardcover or hardback (also known as hardbound, and sometimes as case-bound) book is one bound with rigid protective covers (typically of binder’s board or heavy paperboard covered with buckram or other cloth, heavy paper, or occasionally leather).

Why hardcover books are more expensive?

The margins for hardcover books are usually better than for paperbacks because the cost to consumers is significantly higher than the cost difference in printing—it only costs a little more to print hardcover than paperback and you can charge a lot more in retail.

Do hardcover books last longer?

How long will that hardcover last? It’s probably safe to say that most people expect hardcover books to last for decades. But cost-cutting at some publishers is reducing the life of the paper in many hardcovers to just a few years.

How long after hardcover is paperback?

Contrast that with the book business, where it is still common for publishers to wait nine months to a year after a book is released in hardcover to produce a less expensive paperback version.