Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Paperback Original

USA Today reports the views of authors and publishers on the paperback original. The consensus: "paperback is a viable original format for a book," particularly "during tough economic times."

I agree. I've always liked the convenience and value of paperback originals. The format also provides an economic way to publish new works in translation and other non-mainstream books.

1 comment:

Erin Skelly Cameron said...

I agree! I dislike hardcover books, and I will wait until something comes out in softcover to buy it. I had to wait TWO YEARS for A Thousand Splendid Suns to come out in paperback - but when it did, I bought it immediately. I never buy hardbacks because they are expensive, heavy and take up more space on my bookshelves. I'll only buy a hardback if I find in in the bargain section for $5 or less. Then the price outweighs the weight and space issue.